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Forum Foods – a Hackney feast

4 Sep

Wednesday 28th August saw Forest Road Youth Hub transformed into a food fest!

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We called up Ife, Youth Forum member who planned the event.

Why food?

” one of the things i’ve always loved about Hackney is the diversity and cultures. One thing that really shows off different cultures is food! We felt everyone could benefit from it but we wanted to focus it at young people because they were on holiday and looking for things to do and that it was productive use of time. It also painted young people in a really positive light by getting them to providing food they’d cooked themselves”

So what was your vision?  ” through eating and sharing food people could understand and appreciate each other – understanding different cultures and appreciating their food is a great universal starting point! “

What next? ” dance and music festivals next!”

Who paid for all this? ” We won funding through YOF ( Youth Opportunity Fund ) –  it’s a great idea offering young people empowerment by winning funding and running their own projects. We’d love to connect more young people and encourage them to apply for funding to run their own projects”

So thanks to Ife from Shoreditch Youth Forum – Young Hackney

If you have a good project that you find interesting apply for YOF! There’s a deadline coming up!

ife.grillo@gmail.com

So I came across something VERY interesting…

30 Mar

Hey there,

So my mother pretty much banned me from my laptop for a day (for my own good) as I now seem to live and breath this thing. Whilst I had no interweb, I had to go out and find myself something to do (I mean I should be revising for my preliminary exams, which will be at the end of April but I just can’t bring myself to really kickass and get to grindin’… but anyway…). Whilst out, I stumbled across the latest initiative to get we, the British people out and active: The Outdoor Gym as brought to you by the Outdoor Gym Company. The idea is that basic elements of the gym are placed in strategic parks across London. So far, I hear that Burgess park, as well as my nearby Southwark Park, has been hit – and I am sure there are many dotted around the capital.

So anyway it seems that, despite the equipment being quite simple and perhaps not working you as hard as you should be, local people are taking advantage of this unique opportunity to get some free exercise in the great outdoors. I pumped some iron for an hour and enjoyed the blossoming flowers in Southwark park – which makes a change from the stuffy room at my indoor gym/s.

It was really nice to see mothers with their children strollers; the elderly; and those who look like they’d never even heard of the notion of ‘exercise’ , all coming together and getting a bit sweaty.

We all know that childhood obesity/ obesity in general is a growing problem in Britain. We are hot on the sluggish trail of America and *THAT* really is something to worry about. Plenty of people, although not morbidly obese, are being considered ‘clinically obese’ which means that they’re BMI is over the healthy average of about 24/25.

Even if you are not traditionally on the heavier side, it’s good to get fit. I am sure well have a couple of friends who are really slim but eat like horses! Trust me, if they are not keeping active, they’re bodies are screaming on the inside. Women usually have a higher percentage ratio of fat to muscle than men, which is why we should work even harder to get rid of unwanted jiggle.

I myself am struggling with my journey towards my GOAL of obtaining formidable bombshell Rihanna thighs – and the rest of her body to go with it *sighs*

But even if we don’t wanna aim *that* high, it’s time to get out there and enjoy the sunshine! Work up a healthy sweat…it’ll make that cheeky chocolate cake or the fries you had for dinner not be *so* bad for you. A balance diet, drinking plenty of water and doing enough exercise (at least 30 minutes 5 times a week) will improve the health of your skin, teeth, hair and nails, as well as your figure and fitness.

Anyhoo, I’m gonna love you and leave you. I’m quite hungry and the chocolate cake in the fridge is rather tempting… *scrunches face* *remembers those Rihanna thighs and stomach*

It’s Siana, Over and Out

*Salutes*

Ps: In my quest to get those legs, and in aid of the new project YH will be launching, tune in next week and watch me get my ass whooped by a Kick-boxing champ who is going places… Watch This Space, Team!

XxxX