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Nourish launches in Whitechapel to kick start healthy living

14On September 24, Tower Hamlets Council and Barts Health NHS Trust will promote healthy lifestyles in Whitechapel.
Nourish: Whitechapel is a street food festival that will take place just in front of The Royal London Hospital from 11am to 3pm. Visitors can enjoy around ten different street food stalls – including handmade Italian pasta that will get your mouth watering, and Jerk chicken that will blow your mouth off. The street food will offer a wide array of international flavours and healthy food options.
There will also be live music from local music collective Box of Toys, as well as workshops for children to get their creative juices flowing.
NHS will promote Stoptober to encourage residents to quit smoking, while Tower Hamlets Healthwatch will talk to local users to find out how they can shape their local health and social care services.
East London Genes & Health will also be there to improve the health of East Londoners – which has high rates of heart disease and diabetes.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “This is a great chance for people in Whitechapel to try something new, healthy, and delicious for lunch. This is a great idea, and I hope that the people of Whitechapel enjoy it – and call for more.”
Cllr Amy Whitelock Gibbs, cabinet member for health, said: “The food available at Nourish: Whitechapel will be diverse, delicious and most of all healthy. We want to encourage and support people in Whitechapel and across the borough to eat well, and think about their health and wellbeing. The information that will be available on the day – from tips on quitting smoking to support on different health issues and services – will help people take proactive steps to leading a healthier life.”
This is one of a number of events that is taking place in Whitechapel, to celebrate the upcoming changes taking place over the coming years.
With the opening of the new Crossrail station in 2018, the council identified Whitechapel as a huge growth opportunity waiting to happen.
The Whitechapel Vision plans were launched in March 2014. They have generated a lot of support and excitement from residents and businesses, along with strategic partners involved in the delivery of this project. Whitechapel Vision was commended at the national Planning Awards in November 2014.
Once plans have been completed, Whitechapel will have:
•    up to 3,500 new homes delivered by 2025, including a substantial number of family and affordable homes
•    5,000 new jobs
•    a completely transformed Whitechapel Road
•    seven new public squares and open spaces
•    a rejuvenated town centre.