Burnley healthy eating project runs out of cash

HEALTHY EATING The BUFFALO project was popular with children

HEALTHY EATING The BUFFALO project was popular with children

First published in Food news Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN award-winning project in Burnley which aimed to get more children exercising and eating healthily has run out of cash.

Burnley Council’s BUFFALO (Burnley Food and Fitness Aimed at Lowering Obesity) scheme has now stopped running but the council has not given up hope of restarting it if funding can be secured.

Council chiefs failed in a bid for cash from the Big Lottery Fund, but they are now set to apply for £250,000 from the Social Action Fund, a pot of money created by the Government as part of its Big Society vision.

Coun Jeff Sumner, executive member for leisure and culture, said: “BUFFALO was an exciting and innovative project that was extremely popular with children, parents and schools.

“Although it had to come to an end because of lack of funding it can be re-started quickly and start to make a difference, just like it did before, within a few months of any grant application being successful.

“The council is doing what it can to find other sources of funding so that BUFFALO can run again.”

BUFFALO aims to tackle childhood obesity by getting the rest of the family involved in activities.

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The project works through local primary schools and includes healthy eating and cookery, physical activity and sport, gardening and allotments and eco-friendly schemes.

If successful the grant will provide two job opportunities and the resources to work in eight primary schools and deliver health improvement initiatives in local community venues.

Coun Sumner added: “Competition for Social Action Fund money is likely to be tough but it’s worth making an application considering the benefits to the whole community that BUFFALO brings.”

A decision on applications is expected at the end of this month.

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11:17am Tue 8 Nov 11

Izanears says...

It was a waste of money from day one. The idiots behind this sort of scheme i.e, eat five a day, healthy eating, get walking, take more excercise etc etc, forget the old maxim, YOU CANNOT FORCE PEOPLE TO DO SOME THING, THEY HAVE TO WANT TO DO IT!
It was a waste of money from day one. The idiots behind this sort of scheme i.e, eat five a day, healthy eating, get walking, take more excercise etc etc, forget the old maxim, YOU CANNOT FORCE PEOPLE TO DO SOME THING, THEY HAVE TO WANT TO DO IT! Izanears
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11:26am Tue 8 Nov 11

Noiticer says...

If the average person hasn't got the message by now then they must be living life in a vacuum as the healthy eating, more exercise campaigns have been widely publicised on TV, radio, in newspapers and in public places.
Basically, many people are too lazy to change their ways and think it doesn't matter. Likewise the food industry has much to answer for and is aided and abetted by the present government which isn't prepared to legislate to bring in stricter controls on food content.
If the average person hasn't got the message by now then they must be living life in a vacuum as the healthy eating, more exercise campaigns have been widely publicised on TV, radio, in newspapers and in public places. Basically, many people are too lazy to change their ways and think it doesn't matter. Likewise the food industry has much to answer for and is aided and abetted by the present government which isn't prepared to legislate to bring in stricter controls on food content. Noiticer
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11:58am Tue 8 Nov 11

midas says...

Not sure about your maxim I can think of a lot of things that people are forced to do, paying tax springs to mind!
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However, the purpose of this project was to reinforce the education not force people It was to help those families that perhaps aren't as intelligent and capable as yours. People who think healthy eating is to expensive or difficult. To educate children who perhaps aren't exposed to fresh fruit and vegetables at home, those that obviously don't have the good influence at home that your children do.
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Its not for the average person but there is a reason that Burnley is amongst thw worst area for many of the "healthy living" indicators and thats why we have obesity and a low life expectancy.
Not sure about your maxim I can think of a lot of things that people are forced to do, paying tax springs to mind! . However, the purpose of this project was to reinforce the education not force people It was to help those families that perhaps aren't as intelligent and capable as yours. People who think healthy eating is to expensive or difficult. To educate children who perhaps aren't exposed to fresh fruit and vegetables at home, those that obviously don't have the good influence at home that your children do. . Its not for the average person but there is a reason that Burnley is amongst thw worst area for many of the "healthy living" indicators and thats why we have obesity and a low life expectancy. midas
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8:29am Wed 9 Nov 11

DaveBurnley says...

" the council has not given up hope of restarting it if funding can be secured. "


I'm sure that MacDonalds, KFC and Burger King would be happy to help with some complementary meals.
" the council has not given up hope of restarting it if funding can be secured. " I'm sure that MacDonalds, KFC and Burger King would be happy to help with some complementary meals. DaveBurnley
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7:49pm Wed 9 Nov 11

akon says...

Get the frying pan out love !!
Get the frying pan out love !! akon
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