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March 2016

Welcome to the First Steps Nutrition Trust March newsletter

Spring is starting to show itself –

and all over the UK the public health community is living with the reality of current and future cuts as the current public health services bonfire continues.

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If you are unaware of what changes have been made, and will be made, to public health budgets and services relevant to children and young people there are two excellent new summaries to look at.

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The National Children’s Bureau have done a useful briefing on Local Authorities role in public health for the children and young people’s sector.



And Action for Children and the NCB have produced a report called ‘Losing in the long run’ which summarises cuts in early intervention services: Losing_in_the_long_run.pdf


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It is almost impossible for many of us who have spent a lifetime working to decrease inequalities and improve public health to understand how any Government could see cutting ‘prevention’ services as having cost savings. We will need to work better and smarter together – upholding the principles of fairness and social justice – to ensure that progress made in improving good nutrition for families is not lost. Hopefully the free, independent resources here at First Steps Nutrition Trust can ensure up-to-date and expert information can still be freely accessed.


As a small charity that takes no Government funding we will at least be exempt from the ‘gagging clause’ proposed by The Cabinet Office to restrict charities in lobbying or challenging policy decisions. If you have not heard of this Orwellian proposal you can find out more here.

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There are some petitions being set up to challenge this such as this one at

But if you think your work might be affected then a direct challenge to an appropriate minister or your own MP might be the best course of action.

Last call for our conference on April 20th this year

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We have over 150 people signed up to come, 20 Code Compliant exhibitors and CPD available from the BDA and AfN. Good food, free resources, great speakers and guests should make this an event to inspire us in these gloomy times.
For details and to book a place go to and follow the links to events.

Infant Milk News

Changes made to this website last month. By clicking on 'Infant Milks Overview' (in the sidebar left) you will be linked to 7 different areas related to infant milks. We hope this will help you find information more easily. The areas are:
1. Infant Milks in the UK

This is where you will find our latest comprehensive Infant Milks in the UK report, the new summary report on Infant Milk Composition, a summary of the costs of infant milks sold in the UK and our new report

Infant milks in the UK Infant Milk Compositio

Infant formula - An overview
Ending Childhood Obesity

This report focuses on the milks that are sold in the UK that are covered by the infant formula regulations and considers their key features and the claims made for them. Although much of this information is in the other reports we thought it would be helpful to gather it all together for each milk so that if someone asks about a particular milk the information can be swiftly found.

We do not recommend any particular product, but do highlight the unnecessary ingredients added to milks, the lack of evidence for many claims and the cost of products.

Below are some examples taken from the report:
Infant milks in the UK Infant Milk Compositio

Ending Childhood Obesity


We will be highlighting the claims made by manufacturers in print ads in further detail in a new report which will be ready later this month: ‘Scientific and factual?’ A review of infant milk advertising to healthcare professionals’

For all those people who offered to help us do more to challenge companies, regulators and magazine editors who take advertising we will be in touch soon to give details of how you can help!

The other six areas we now have on the infant milks section on the website are:

2. Simple guides to infant formula, follow on formula and other infant milks

3. Specialised milks marketed for infants 0-6 months

4. Fortified milks for children over the age of 1 year

5. Making up infant milks safely

6. Working within the WHO code

5. Milk and food in the first year of life


First Steps Nutrition Trust offers information and resources to support good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years.
Our aim is to produce clear and independent resources to support people who want to know more about eating well before and during pregnancy, eating well for infants and young children, and food composition and food quality.

First Steps Nutrition Trust takes no industry funding. We are funded through charitable trusts and donations. We aim to provide a one-stop shop for useful and accurate evidence-based information on good nutrition from pre-conception to five years.
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First Steps Nutrition Trust takes no industry funding. We are funded through charitable trusts and donations. We aim to provide a one-stop shop for useful and accurate evidence-based information on good nutrition from pre-conception to five years.

To find out more about the Trust on our About Us page.

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First Step Nutrition Trust's newsletter is published regularly to promote information and awareness of the importance of good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years and to highlight the work of the Trust.
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