REHIS News

REVIEW OF THE SCOTTISH DIET ACTION PLAN

REHIS is a member of The Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Food and was represented by Graham Walker, Director of Training, at the latest meeting which was held in the Parliament on 7 February.
The main item on the Agenda was Theme 1 of the Scottish Diet Action Plan Review.
In support of this item five short presentations were given including one by Professor Tim Lang who chaired the Review Panel.

Family Food - Report on the Expenditure & Food Survey

Family Food is the source of detailed statistical information on purchased quantities, expenditure and nutrient intakes derived from both household and eating out food and drink. Data is collected for a sample of households in the United Kingdom using self-reported diaries of all purchases, including food eaten out, over a two week period. Where possible quantities are recorded in the diaries but otherwise estimated. Energy and nutrient intakes are calculated using standard profiles for each of some 500 types of food.

FIRST SMOKE-FREE CASE CONVICTION

A shopkeeper in Falkirk has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of offences under the smoke-free legislation. Vincent McFadden, a timber merchant, was found guilty of failing to display the required signs, despite having been given them previously. McFadden, who has a timber shop in Dalderse Avenue, Falkirk, became abusive and threatening when Smoking Enforcement Officers approached him about his non-compliance.

NEW PUBLIC HEALTH THREATS WITHIN SCOPE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland(REHIS) has expressed confidence in its members' role in dealing with any threat of illness pandemics,chemical and biological attacks.

A CELEBRATION OF THE SUCCESSES OF THE SCOTTISH DIET ACTION PLAN

The event will celebrate and reflect on the implementation of the Scottish Diet Action Plan (SDAP) since 1996, as identified in the SDAP Review report. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to consider the key contributors to success in their own food and health work locally.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2006 DONATION TO THE SCOTLAND CHIKWAWA (MALAWI) HEALTH INITIATIVE

Donations in lieu of gifts to speakers and chairmen and proceeds from a raffle at the REHIS Annual Conference Dinner have raised the sum of £615 for the Scotland Chikwawa (Malawi) Health Initiative. The money raised will be used to fund food hygiene training in the Chikwawa region in southern Malawi.
Bernard Forteath, President of REHIS, sends his thanks to all the speakers, chairmen, delegates and staff who contributed to the donation.

NEW FEATURE LAUNCHED ON REHIS WEBSITE

REHIS is delighted to announce the launch of a new feature on its homepage.

The first new feature is the addition of the 'job vacancies - opportunities in environmental health' portal on the homepage. This feature will allow access to current vacancies in the Scottish environmental health community.

Further developments are imminent - watch this space!

Highfield Awards 2006

The Awards are presented to people who have achieved the highest marks in Food Hygiene,HACCP and Health and Safety Courses run by REHIS Approved Training Centres. The Awards are sponsored by Highfield Ltd and are an annual event at the REHIS Conference.The Awards were presented at Glasgow City Chambers by Helen Greenhow from Highfield and John Stirling,President of REHIS on the 22nd November 2006.

REHIS POST- QUALIFICATION TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SURVEY

Earlier this year the Institute sent questionnaires to a random sample of 100 Environmental Health Officer members to establish levels of post-qualification training undertaken, to seek views on current post-qualification opportunities offered by REHIS and to ascertain opinion on future post-qualification training and development needs. A report was submitted to the Environmental Health Promotion Committee in September last year and the findings are now being evaluated and will be reported on in the near future.

NEW HONORARY VICE - PRESIDENTS

Five new Honorary Vice-Presidents of REHIS have been elected.Three of them received their Certificates at the Annual Award Ceremony which was kindly hosted by Glasgow City Council on 22 November 2006.
The new Honorary Vice-Presidents,elected by the Council of REHIS,are:

George Georgallas,General Secretary of APHI Cyprus

Robin Harper,MSP

Kenneth Macintosh,MSP

Stewart Maxwell,MSP

Professor George Morris

Ann Marie Part,Chairman of EHOA Ireland

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