Health champions want to get deprived residents eating their greens by taking fruit and veg directly to their doors.They’ll have to beat the ‘Pizza Express’ delivery man to the door first. Perhaps they’d better buy a high-performance car for the job?
The NHS-sponsored volunteers are targeting two of the most deprived areas in Clacton to turn residents from chip butties to broccoli.
They plan to take the healthy food door-to-door and sell it at cut price.
Sue Felgate, leader for the health trainers, said: “It is not going to be easy, but it is something we would love to see happen. We are really keen to get this going. It is about increasing access to fruit and vegetables in areas that are not very near a supermarket.And we’ll be paying for it, with our taxes.
“It is a bit brought on from Jamie Oliver, and his project to get people cooking and sharing recipes. It is really about getting people interested in food again.”
She said the scheme would see health trainers pro-actively approaching households, and the cheap produce would be backed-up with recipe suggestions and maybe even cooking clubs and tasting sessions.
Yes, this is where the NI contributions are going, not on heart operations and setting wee kiddiewinks’ broken legs, but on paying for harebrained schemes like this one, and the useless, otherwise-unemployable staff to run them.
The van would initially target Jaywick and Pier Ward in central Clacton, areas where poor health is an issue and life expectancy is low compared to nearby districts.So, the residents of Jaywick and Pier Ward are dying early purely because they aren’t eating enough cabbage, are they?
Are you sure about that? There aren’t any other factors?
Ms Felgate said: “Everybody always says to eat healthily is terribly expensive.Really, Ms Felgate?
“Jaywick does not have a supermarket, but it does have a lot of fast food places.
“People have lost their cooking skills and don’t tend to cook for themselves as much as they used to.”
Or is it just that they can’t be bothered, as Leg-Iron pointed out?
Needless to say, this barmy scheme is eagerly lapped up by the people who cling, leech-like, to the state, and those who think the state should provide them a living without them having to lift a finger:
Kevin Colman, chairman of the Pier Ward Interaction Partnership, which represents people in ward, said: “It is a great idea. If it can help, even in a small way, why not? ”Anything else we can do for you, anon? Provide a nurse to spoon it into your gaping maw too, save you having to lift your no doubt flabby arms?
A member of the Jaywick community forum website wrote: “What a great idea. We can no longer afford our five a day and have had to cut back.”