Have you heard about World Health Day in Northern Ireland?
Here at Willowbrook Foods we love World Health Day! With our wealth of experience in the food industry, especially, we understand the importance of prioritising our health in our day-to-day lives. We provide customers from all across the UK and Ireland with our healthy products. From our base in Killinchy, Northern Ireland we are innovative in our process of delivering our customers with the healthiest products!
What exactly is World Health Day?
World Health Day is celebrated annually on 7th April every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948. Each year, a theme is selected to highlight a priority area of public health concern in the world. In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day 2022, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.
WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. This includes the climate crisis which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis.
Unhealthy Eating in Northern Ireland
The issue of unhealthy eating in Northern Ireland is a major cause for concern. Just 4% of young people in Northern Ireland are eating enough fruit and vegetables. In Northern Ireland, Adults and older children are falling well behind the rest of the UK when it comes to eating the recommended amount. The study found that 96% of children aged 11-18 did not eat five a day, and neither did 82% of adults aged between 19 and 64, nor 77% of those aged 65 and over. Even more worryingly, 62% of adults in Northern Ireland were classified as overweight or obese.
How to become more environmentally friendly
Here at Willowbrook Foods we know the need to be more environmentally conscious. We have gathered a few tips and tricks for our customers to help them become more environmentally friendly:
-Remember to turn off your lights: Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electricals on standby needlessly uses up energy – hit the off switch and you could see huge improvements, most noticeably in your energy bills!
-Eat Less Meat: Being careful with what you’re consuming is at the heart of being more eco-friendly, and cutting down on the amount of meat you eat can have a huge impact. Not having red meat – even if it’s just for two or three days a week – can have quite a significant impact on reducing your carbon footprint.
-Don’t waste food: Waste not, want not. Did you know that 7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK every year? This isn’t just a huge waste of food and money, it adds to the amount of CO2 being created in landfills.
-Compost: If you have let your food go that little bit too far past its ‘best by’ then you need to be sure to compost it rather than putting it in the bin. Not only will this help create a natural fertiliser and keep your garden green, it’ll also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill – and as it won’t break down anaerobically, there will not be a build-up of methane gas.
In Willowbrook Farm, at the heart of our company are our long-lasting relationships with our suppliers and our customers. Willowbrook farm has two factories in Newtownards and Killinchy so you know exactly where your produce is treated. We are continually working towards a more sustainable and environmentally conscious workplace.