Diabetes UK, The British Heart Foundation and Tesco research: two-thirds of people do not know how many calories the average person needs to maintain a healthy weight

Cheshunt, England, 2015-1-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Almost two-thirds of people do not know how many calories the average person needs to maintain a healthy weight, according to new research commissioned by Diabetes UK, The British Heart Foundation and Tesco.

The YouGov survey of 2,025 people, commissioned to mark the launch of a new partnership between the three organisations that aims to improve the health of the nation, found that:

  • Just 35% of respondents knew the average man needs to consume 2,500 calories a day to maintain a healthy weight;
  • Only slightly more, 37%, could pinpoint 2,000 calories as the equivalent for women.
  • Awareness is even lower among older people, with just a quarter of those aged 55 and over knowing this.  (26 per cent knowing it for women, and 23% for men).

Energy balance – the balance between the number of calories you consume and use – is the cornerstone of weight management. But with 62% of UK adults currently overweight, [1] this confusion over the amount of calories we are eating and our lack of physical activity seen here highlights a need to focus on this basic principle.

The case for this is strengthened by further results from the survey, which asked respondents to identify the calorie content of some of the most popular meal choices [2] and day-to-day food items. For each item or meal, respondents answered how many calories they believe it to contain, the following shows the per cent that correctly identified the number of calories:

  • One in three (33%) underestimated the calories in half a pint of semi skimmed milk (136 Kcals)
  • 39% underestimated the calorie content of a meal of chicken tikka masala with rice, one of the most popular UK dishes (800 Kcals)
  • 40% also underestimate the calories in the office workers’ favourite medium latte and blueberry muffin (620 Kcals)

A further concern raised by the research relates to physical activity, described as any activity at least as strenuous as a brisk walk. Almost half of us (49%) do less than the minimum recommended amount of 150 minutes per week, and 11% of people say they do not do any at all.

The British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK and Tesco are highlighting the results, to drive awareness that failure to understand how many calories are consumed could lead to weight gain. They believe this lack of understanding is one of the factors fuelling the high obesity rate in the UK, which in turn is leading to the high rate of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic health conditions.

Over the next three years, the three organisations aim to raise £30 million, to be spent on a series of initiatives that will help people better understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle, with the ultimate ambition to make a positive change to the health of the nation.

As one of the first activities of the partnership, Tesco stores around the country are offering free health checks for 40,000 individuals this January. This includes a blood pressure check, a cholesterol test, a Type 2 diabetes test and a BMI (weight) check and takes about 20 minutes.

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said:

“It is worrying that most of us don’t understand how many calories we are consuming as a nation but also what a healthy calorie intake looks like. This lack of awareness is one of the root causes of the high obesity levels that are, in turn, driving the soaring rate of Type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions.

“We need to take urgent action to help the public understand what a healthy diet looks like and this, together with wider changes to society to make healthy choices easier, can make a big difference in turning back the rising tide of obesity. This is why we are delighted to be launching this new partnership because, by combining the expertise of the two charities with the reach and scale of Tesco, we are confident we can make a really big difference.”

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation said:

“These figures are deeply concerning and highlight our confusion about calories.  Eating too much of any food increases the chances of becoming obese, a risk factor for coronary heart disease, which is the UK’s single biggest killer. We all must pay more notice to what and how much we are eating and drinking to maintain a healthy weight and heart.

“Half of us aren’t doing enough physical activity and this makes the situation much, much worse.

“Eating a balanced, healthy diet and doing regular physical activity are really important in reducing risk of becoming overweight and developing heart disease.”

Greg Sage, Community Director for Tesco said:

“Our customers tell us they want us to help them lead healthier lives, and today marks the start of a ground-breaking new partnership that will make a real difference to millions of lives right across the country. We’ve set an ambitious target of raising at least £30 million, which will be spent on a wide variety of projects over the next three years to reduce people’s risk of developing heart disease and Type 2 diabetes by eating healthier and better.”

To get one of the free health checks, go to any Tesco pharmacy during January. For more details visitwww.tescocharitypartnership.org.uk

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[1] British Heart Foundation UK estimate using latest health surveys

[2] McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods (7th Summary edition), 2014 Public Health England

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Tesco customers donated record number of meals during the fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection

Cheshunt, England, 2014-12-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco customers have donated a record number of meals during the fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection, as Brits prove to be more generous than ever before.

4.7 million meals were donated by Tesco customers, to be split between charity partners FareShare and Trussell Trust. The full total of meals donated to people in need since December 2012 is now at 21.5million, weighing in at over 9,000 tons. This includes permanent and local collections plus surplus food provisions.

During the collection, customers were asked to donate non-perishable food items such as long-life milk, cereals and tinned vegetables and fruit. Volunteers from the Trussell Trust, FareShare, Rotary Club, BT and the British Red Cross joined Tesco colleagues in store to collect donations from kind-hearted customers.

The food collected will benefit those living in food poverty, many of whom struggle the most during the winter months. Tesco provides a 30% top up to the charities on all food donated.

The news of the record breaking Neighbourhood Food Collection comes as a survey by YouGov and commissioned by Tesco reveals that a third (32%) of the British public have remembered vulnerable people in need by generously donating food to those in need across the country. The survey also reveals the spread of generosity across the Britain, as the North West comes out on top as the most generous region (39%), ahead of Wales (38%), South East (37%) and Scotland (37%).

Food poverty continues to be a serious issue across the UK despite the economic recovery, as figures published by the Trussell Trust this winter showed the number of people helped by food banks in the first half of the 2014-15 financial year is 38% higher than numbers helped during the same period last year.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said: “We at FareShare have been blown away by the generosity of people donating in Tesco stores across the country to help people in need.  The total amount of food collected this time has been staggering and surpassed all expectations.  It is a reflection of our amazing volunteers and partner organisations across the country who selflessly gave up their time to help collect food donations and of the great British public who have responded so generously to the call for action.  Sadly food poverty affects a large number of people across the UK and we are now providing food to 32% more charities than we did six months ago. From homeless hostels to breakfast clubs, women’s refuges to lunch clubs for older people, these frontline organisations need food more than ever.  The donations from this Neighbourhood Food Collection will make a huge difference to these organisations’ ability to not only serve nutritious meals for people in need but also provide additional support to help people back on their feet. Thank you!”

David McAuley, Trussell Trust Chief Executive, says: “Last year in December alone over 100,000 people received three days’ food from Trussell Trust foodbanks, including over 30,000 children. This year, we’re seeing more people living on a financial knife edge where any small crisis can cause them to go hungry. Thanks to incredible public kindness, many people who would’ve been forced to make tough choices between eating and heating will receive emergency food this winter. Thousands of people who would’ve struggled to put any food on the table on Christmas Day will now receive festive hampers from Trussell Trust foodbanks thanks to the Tesco’s Neighbourhood Food Collection. It’s inspirational to see over a third of the UK now supporting their local food charity, and we’d like to thank everyone who has donated – every can helps.”

Greg Sage, Community Director for Tesco, commented: “The response from our customers, colleagues and volunteers has been incredible and it’s thanks to them that our fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection has broken records. I’d like to thank everyone who took part – they are the ones who made it all happen. It’s really encouraging that people across the UK see Food Poverty as an important issue and continue to provide for those in need.”

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Tesco commissioned survey reveals that 32% of the British public generously donate food despite the chaos and excitement of the festive period

Cheshunt, England, 2014-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Despite the chaos and excitement of the festive period, almost a third (32%) of the British public have remembered vulnerable people in need by generously donating food to those in need across the country, according to a new survey published today.

The survey also reveals the generosity across the Britain, as the North West comes out on top as the most generous region (39%), ahead of Wales (38%), South East (37%) and Scotland (37%).

The survey goes on to show that more females (38%) have donated than their male counterparts (26%), while the youngest 18-24 age group is the most generous (38%)  when it comes to food donations in the lead up to Christmas.

Food poverty continues to be a serious issue across the UK despite the economic recovery, as figures published by the Trussell Trust last week showed the number of people helped by food banks in the first half of the 2014-15 financial year is 38% higher than numbers helped during the same period last year.

The survey of 2,030 people, by YouGov*, commissioned by Tesco, comes as the latest Neighbourhood Food Collection is launched, where customers are encouraged to donate food to those in need at Tesco stores right across the country.  This is the fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection since 2012.

Food donations to the Neighbourhood Food Collection benefit a range of people across the country, with donations going to either FareShare, a food redistribution charity, or food banks charity The Trussell Trust. Tesco provides a 30% top up to the charities based on the collective weight of donated goods.

To date, the campaign has collected 15.3million meals for people in need since 2012, and the target this year is to provide more than 20million meals. The 15.3 million meals includes the 30% top-up, permanent & local collections, plus surplus food provisions. Neighbourhood Food Collection relies on and is bolstered by volunteers.

Tesco is calling for customers to go instore to donate food to designated food collection points. Follow @Tesco for the latest news and use #everycanhelps to find out more about the initiative. Tesco will also be raising money for the FareShare and the Trussell Trust through the sale of special Christmas  hats and cards this year.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare, said: “Sadly food poverty affects a large number of people across the UK and we are now providing food to 32% more charities than we did six months ago. From homeless hostels to breakfast clubs, women’s refuges to luncheon clubs for older people, these frontline organisations need food more than ever, so we’re thrilled to partner with Tesco on the Neighbourhood Food Collection again this year. This campaign enables us all to help in a simple practical way, as every item of food donated will make a difference to vulnerable people in our community”

David McAuley, Trussell Trust Chief Executive, said: “In just six months Trussell Trust foodbanks have given 3 days’ food to almost 500,000 people, including over 175,000 children. Redundancy, illness, benefit problems and family breakdown are some of the reasons why people go hungry. Increasingly, people on low-incomes are living on a financial knife edge where even a small crisis can lead families to face hunger. As winter begins to bite, many will be forced to make tough choices between eating and heating, and thousands will struggle to put any food on the table on Christmas Day. Foodbanks are gearing up to meet the growing need over the festive season and we’re excited to team up with Tesco once again to work on Neighbourhood Food Collection for a fifth time. Over 90 percent of food given out by foodbanks is donated by the public, so we’re reliant on people’s generosity. It’s incredible to see over a third of the UK now supporting their local food charity, and we’d urge people to keep giving.”

 Greg Sage, Community Director at Tesco, said: “It’s encouraging that people still think food poverty is a serious issue that needs to be tackled, and  so many have donated to food banks as a result. This our fifth Neighbourhood Food Collection, and it’s hugely important  that we dig deep and do what we can to help people who are in need this Christmas.

“This year we want to break records and provide more meals for people in need than ever before. Our customers can donate food at Tesco stores right across the UK all this week and weekend.”

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Tesco and Keep Scotland Beautiful launched community grant scheme which will see communities across Scotland benefit from the proceeds of the carrier bag levy

  • Tesco partners with Keep Scotland Beautiful to launch environmental grant scheme
  • £50,000 to be distributed to 200 groups across the country

Cheshunt, England, 2014-10-21— /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco and environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful have launched a community grant scheme which will see communities across Scotland benefit from the proceeds of the carrier bag levy coming into force today.

Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Richard Lochhead, joined Derek Robertson, the Chief Executive of national environment charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and colleagues from Tesco Elgin to make the announcement.

Tesco’s partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful came after over 27,000 customers took part in a vote to choose which charity should benefit from the charge.

Now community environment groups across Scotland are being asked to apply for grants of £250 to help them in their local initiatives. £50,000 is to be distributed to 200 groups across the country.

The grant scheme is the first project to be launched as part of Tesco partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, with further initiatives to be announced over the coming months.

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment said:

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said:

“This milestone legislation to charge for carrier bags shows the Scottish Government is taking the problem of litter extremely seriously and underlines our ambition for a more sustainable Scotland.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful’s partnership with Tesco is a positive example of how the money can be distributed to communities and I look forward to hearing about the positive impact of these projects.”

Derek Robertson, CEO of Keep Scotland Beautiful said:

“Derek Robertson, Chief Executive of the environment charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“We welcome our partnership with Tesco for the good that it will deliver all over Scotland. We know how important local environmental quality is to quality of life, so will put their support to work in making local communities cleaner, greener and happier places.

“Our announcement of the Community Grant Scheme today is an important first step in a year-long programme of activities that will change Scotland for the better.”

Greg Sage, Community Director for Tesco said:

“We’re proud to be partnering with Keep Scotland Beautiful. Together, we have a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to the environment and communities across Scotland.

“The new grant scheme is a brilliant idea, allowing us to give something back to the communities we serve and supporting local groups doing great environmental work in their area.

And this is just the first step – we’ll be working with Keep Scotland Beautiful to launch more exciting projects over the coming year.”

A similar charging scheme has been in place in Wales since 2008. From this month, Keep Wales Tidy will be the beneficiary of money collected in Tesco which is expected to be around £800,000.

 

Notes to Editors

·         To find out more about the community grant scheme and how you can apply go towww.keepscotlandbeautiful.org

·         Legislation to introduce charging for plastic carrier bags came into force in Wales on 1 October 2011, and is introduced in Scotland from today.

·         In June Tesco invited charities and environmental organisations to submit proposals on how they would use the funds to help make a real difference for the environment and local communities.120  organisations applied for the Scottish and Welsh partnerships, and they were whittled down to the five-strong shortlist. Tesco customers were then asked to vote online for which charities or environmental organisations they thought would make the best use of the money.

·         The partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful will be for an initial period of 12 months from 20th October 2014 to 30th September 2015.

·         Keep Scotland Beautiful has pledged to use the financial support to improve local environments across Scotland local to Tesco stores.

·         Clubcard members are eligible for 3 free bags for life and should check their store receipt for a voucher.

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From Left to Right: Grant Henderson, Produce Team Leader, Tesco Extra Elgin; Derek Robertson, Chief Exec of Keep Scotland Beautiful; Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Richard Lochhead and Sharon Perrie who also works for Tesco Extra Elgin.

From Left to Right: Grant Henderson, Produce Team Leader, Tesco Extra Elgin; Derek Robertson, Chief Exec of Keep Scotland Beautiful; Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Richard Lochhead and Sharon Perrie who also works for Tesco Extra Elgin.

Tesco to supply 40,000 boxes of nutritious cereal to breakfast club charity Magic Breakfast for children to start the day with healthy meal

Cheshunt, England, 2014-9-18— /EPR Retail News/ — Thousands of children are set to benefit from a brand new charity partnership between Tesco and breakfast club charity Magic Breakfast.

Magic Breakfast provides free food to over 8,500 school children in more than 250 primary schools every day, helping to make sure pupils don’t start their morning lessons hungry.

Having a nutritious breakfast helps children learn and sets them up for leading a healthier life. 32% of children in the UK regularly miss breakfast and, as a result, their health and education can suffer.

Starting this month, Tesco will supply 40,000 boxes of own-brand nutritious cereal to Magic Breakfast for children to eat at its breakfast clubs. Boxes of own-brand cereal on sale at Tesco stores will also feature information about the charity and how people can donate.

As well as helping to make sure children get enough food to do well at school, Magic Breakfast also helps to promote a diet that is lower in sugar, saturated fats and salt.  The charity targets schools in deprived areas where over 35% of the children are eligible for Free School Meals.

Carmel McConnell, CEO of Magic Breakfast said:

“Magic Breakfast was set up out of love and concern for children and a belief in their potential, given the right start. A hungry child cannot concentrate. This new Tesco donation of cereals will save the charity thousands of pounds this year, money we can use to extend to new schools who need help to reach hungry school children. It seems wrong to us for any child to miss out on the most important lessons of the school day simply through lack of a good breakfast.”

Greg Sage, Community Director for Tesco said:

“We’re incredibly excited to work with Magic Breakfast – their dedication means children don’t start school on an empty stomach, which can make a real difference to a child’s academic achievement.

“Magic Breakfast also does fantastic work to promote a healthy diet to children, something we’re committed to at Tesco. We’re removing sweets and chocolates from checkouts at all our stores, and through The Tesco Eat Happy Project we are helping children to have a happier and healthier relationship with food.

“We’re going to work together with Magic Breakfast to make a real and positive difference to children’s lives.”

Notes to editors

About Magic Breakfast: Magic Breakfast is an independent charity providing free, healthy breakfasts to over 8,500 primary school children in England. The charity supports schools where more than 35% of pupils are eligible for Free School Meals by helping them set up and run their own breakfast clubs. To meet increasing demand, Magic Breakfast is expanding and will be reaching secondary and SEN pupils too. It is aiming to be feeding 14,500 children by Christmas.

In 2014, Magic Breakfast was the successful applicant in the School Food Plan Lot 3 funding from the Department for Education to set up 184 new breakfast clubs.  For more information on the charity please visit: www.magicbreakfast.com

About Tesco’s big ambition on health: Last year Tesco announced a commitment to help customers and colleagues live healthier lives.  This new partnership is part of the work Tesco is doing to meet that commitment, alongside The Tesco Eat Happy Project, which so far has taught over 300,000 children about the food they eat, sponsorship of Race for Life and the removal of sweets from all Tesco checkouts in January 2015. In the past year, Tesco customers and colleagues have raised £13m for Diabetes UK. To find out more about The Tesco Eat Happy Project, please click here: http://www.eathappyproject.com/

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Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation join forces to raise millions of pounds to promote healthy living

Cheshunt, England, 2014-9-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Millions of people are set to benefit from a ground-breaking new partnership between the UK’s leading retailer and two of the country’s biggest charities.

Tesco, Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation have confirmed that they will join forces from early next year. The trio’s charity partnership – the first of its kind – aims to raise millions of pounds to promote healthy living.

In the UK today, there are seven million people living with cardiovascular disease. 3.5 million people are living with Type 2 diabetes, with a further 11.5 million at high risk of developing this condition.

The partnership aims to reduce the risk of both conditions by focusing on ways to encourage healthy eating and healthy cooking habits, including making it easier to choose foods lower in sugar, saturated fats and salt. The ultimate ambition for the partnership is to be a force for positive change in the health of the nation.

It will launch in early 2015 and will see Tesco, its customers, colleagues and suppliers aim to raise millions of pounds for the two charities.

Barbara Young, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “We are delighted to be part of this first-of-a-kind partnership, which is committed to improving the nation’s health and helping prevent Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

“We have already been working with Tesco over the last 18 months and have seen the phenomenal efforts of Tesco staff and customers in raising millions of pounds that have made a real difference to the lives of people with diabetes or who are at risk of developing it. It is really exciting to be continuing working with them and our new partner, the British Heart Foundation, to make a real impact on reducing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Every year 24,000 people with diabetes die tragically young and many endure amputations, blindness and kidney failure. This innovative partnership with Tesco’s reach and focus on food and the combined expertise of the two charities backed up by real resources is an important contribution to helping families across the UK.”

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation said: “We’re thrilled to be entering into a partnership with Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, and Diabetes UK, another leading national health charity. We know that eating a healthy, balanced diet and increasing levels of physical activity can cut your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. This ground-breaking partnership is a fantastic way to get healthy lifestyle messages to millions of people across the UK.

“The sad truth is that cardiovascular disease claims the lives of over four hundred people every day. Thanks to the generosity of Tesco and its customers we will be able to continue our fight for every heartbeat, and set a new benchmark for strategic partnerships between businesses and charities.”

Greg Sage, Community Director at Tesco, said: “We’re delighted to be part of this charity partnership – the first of its kind in the UK.  It’s great to be working with Diabetes UK again, and to be building a new partnership with the British Heart Foundation. We have enormous respect for the work they do, and want to help them do more.  Using our collective scale and expertise, we’re going to make a real and positive difference to millions of customers’ lives.  Over the next few months we’ll be working on the details of exactly how we’ll do that, so watch this space.”

Notes to editors

  • Last year Tesco announced a commitment to help customers and colleagues live healthier lives.  This partnership is part of the work Tesco is doing to meet that commitment, alongside The Tesco Eat Happy Project, which teaches children about the food they eat, sponsorship of Race for Life and the removal of sweets from all Tesco checkouts in January 2015. In the past year, Tesco customers and colleagues have raised £13m for Diabetes UK.

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