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New briefing from Senscot

Latest briefing from Senscot – Social prescribing: the role of social enterprises – is now available at

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Food Standards Scotland update shows little improvement in the Scottish diet

Food Standards Scotland launched two new reports yesterday highlighting the challenge for people in Scotland to have a healthier diet and reduce their risk of diet related diseases. Find out more on the Food Standards Scotland website.

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New community retailing publications

Two new publications about community retailing are now available. Strengthening the future of community retailing is an accessible summary of research carried out for us in 2016 by the University of Stirling’s Institute for Retail Studies. It looked at the sustainability of community retailing. It includes the research’s key findings and recommendations. Staying power compares the …

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New findings – what people think about reducing obesity in Scotland

NHS Health Scotland has released new findings about public-attitudes-to-reducing-obesity-in-Scotland.  ScotCen Social Research’s Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, carried out in 2016, included a module of 40 questions (developed in consultation with NHS Health Scotland) to find out what people think about obesity and how to tackle it. The survey found that people did not always recognise obesity in themselves or others. But, most people …

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New – tips for older vegetarians and vegans

Outside the Box has launched ‘Tips for older vegetarian and vegans’, as part of its Food Buddies programme. The tips include lots of suggestions, ideas and recipes for older people (including those affected by dementia) or for other that are supporting or working with older people. The publication can be accessed through this link – …

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Loneliness and Social Isolation; the role of social enterprise

Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) is one of the case studies in a useful new briefing on the role of social enterprises in tackling loneliness and social isolation. You can download the report on the Senscot website.

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New animation: Power, a health and social justice issue

A short web-based animation on ‘Power as a health and social justice issue’ has been developed through a collaboration between Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) and NHS Health Scotland. This  builds on NHS Health Scotland’s  work on the theory and evidence relating to power as a fundamental cause of health inequalities and GCPH’s work …

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Obesity in Scotland

A new study “Obesity in Scotland: a persistent inequality” has been published  in the International Journal for Equity and Health. The study is also summarised in the ScotPHO report “Obesity and health inequalities in Scotland”. The study provides a comprehensive analysis of how levels of obesity in Scotland have changed over time and how obesity …

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How to get a new allotment site

The Galvanising Grassroots Guide on ‘How to get a new allotment site‘ has just been launched at the the Annual Scottish Allotments Conference on Saturday June 17th. It  contains 7 stories about the different ways that people have acquired a plot and signposts for how to make this happen. You can download the guide from …

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Everyone can cook!

This new recipe book from Pilton Community Health Project features recipes chosen and put together by participants of its Wednesday cooking club. Each recipe is simple, healthy and cheap to make and is a particular favourite of the local person featured. Everyone can cook! is available to download from

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