PORTSMOUTH has entered a network to promote healthy and sustainable living.
The Food Partnership (FP) in Portsmouth wants to work with children and adults to ensure obesity levels are tackled early.
It comes as 21 per cent of children leaving primary schools in Portsmouth are classed as obese, and 15 per cent in Hampshire.
It also put in a bid to enter the Sustainable Food Cities network, which has now been successful.
The FP is an initiative to look at how we travel, where we get food from and whether we use green space, so improvements can be made to our lifestyles.
Megan Saunders, from Highbury College is food project co-ordinator for the FP. She said: ‘I’m really excited that after more than a year of hard work, Portsmouth is able to join 34 other cities and regions in the national Sustainable Food Cities network.
‘We have worked hard to bring people across the city together to discuss how we can support good food in Portsmouth.
‘While we are only at the beginning of our good food journey, it’s great to see some positive changes happening.
‘Businesses, organisations and individuals are working in partnership to support a healthy food culture; from active lifestyles to small artisan food businesses.
‘We hope to become the great waterfront city with the tastiest fresh food culture on the south coast.’