Updates from NAF Health

Nutrition Advice for Health (NafHealth) is a Community interest Company set up to offer nutritional education programmes for weight loss, wellness and an improved health to communities at large.

Programmes are run by a Nutrition- Dietary Clinician and specialise in obesity and weight loss management with the support of volunteers.

NAF Health focuses on community health and well-being: tailor-make weight loss plans, conduct workshops, seminars and cooking classes. We also provide cultural tailoring, which includes the development and delivery of health management plans which take culture into account

Promoting and advancing the health and wellbeing of our communities by:

• Raising awareness of evidence based nutrition.

• Providing training and development support to communities, individuals and professionals on best practice in healthy eating.

• Providing cultural services including development and delivery of culturally appropriate public health initiatives and brands, targeting Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Groups (BAME).

• Providing adults and children with practical guidance and ideas on healthy eating.

• Tailored made a specialised weight lost plan for children from age of 7 years old to Adults

• Providing nutritious and economical recipes suitable for feeding families and individuals via our cooking classes.

How NAF Health has adapted during the pandemic

Fola Afelumo, Director / Project Leader of NAF Health said “When Covid-19 pandemic lockdown started last year, we quickly adapted our weight management programmes – nutrition exercise and cooking classes to to an online programme – virtually via Zoom. 

“Our project from the first Covid-19 lockdown themed ‘Weight loss management programme – Covid Lockdown Fightback’ focused on the Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) group. 

“We were engaging with the BAME community with online Nutrition Advice, Physical Activities( Zumba and aerobic activities) and Cooking classes via Zoom for weight management and healthier lifestyle.

“This project was highly needed especially during this period as the Covid-19 virus was showing higher susceptibility and  risk of fatality rate with BAME group due to prevalent underlying health conditions such as Obesity, High Blood Pressure and Type 2 Diabetes that had been statistically proven to be higher within these communities .

“The project has been very successful as all participants lost weight and continue to do so.

“What is more, participants find a place within their group throughout the pandemic lockdowns where they can socially interact with other participants virtually outside their own home. 

“We were also communicating with all participants one on one by telephone and WhatsApp groups during our weekly monitoring interactive sessions. These have helped participants physically, socially and mentally throughout the Lockdown. 

“This avenue create an environment where participants were able to meet up and communicate with other participants from outside their homes – a bonus to their ability to learn about nutrition, how to cook healthy meals on low cost budget and lose weight creating a sense of community engagement.

 “A big thank you to VSDF, Lottery Community Fund and Active Essex that has supported us with these projects.”

We are currently recruiting participants that resides in Thurrock and Essex County for our new virtual Weightloss and management sessions starting next month and can contact us by:

email: info@nafhealth.org

Phone/WhatsApp: 07985421726

Website: www.nafHealth.org