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Sign up to go ‘Sugar free for 70’ in ‘world first’ and celebrate 70th anniversary of the NHS
Friday 29th June 2018 @ 11:49 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Glossop News Tameside

The Reporter and Chronicle and Tameside Radio are throwing our weight behind a major health initiative ‘first’ aimed at tackling the growing problem of obesity.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS next week, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust is setting everyone a 70 day challenge – by cutting back on the amount of sugar in your diet for 70 days – with the ultimate aim of eliminating sugar from your diet completely!

A special symposium to launch the challenge takes place on Wednesday, July 4, at Hyde Town Hall from 1pm till 4pm.

The Reporter and Chronicle have a limited number of seats available for the symposium – to check availability and to register for the Ditching the Sugar symposium go to

The initiative is a UK and world ‘first’ – poised to make national headlines and already has the backing of a number of celebrities from the likes of Jamie Oliver, Sarah Cox and even tennis star Pat Cash.


How you can ditch the sugar – pioneering doctor Dr Aseem Malhotra explains

Dr Aseem Malhotra

Known as one of the most influential cardiologists in Britain, Dr Aseem Malhotra, is the successful founder of the 21-day ‘Pioppi Diet’ plan.

Dr Aseem Malhotra, originally from Tameside, is a cardiologist and former clinical associate to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

He has been a qualified doctor for more than a decade operating on hundreds of patients with heart disease.

He was driven to begin his research, after visiting a heart patient he had just operated upon during his rounds.

While visiting the ward the patient was served burger and chips, courtesy of the NHS, for his lunch.

The patient turned to Dr Malhottra and stated: “How do you expect me to do so well when you are serving me the type of food that got me here in the first place?”

From that moment the cardiologist was driven to carry out a wide-range of research to explore the reasons for obesity.

His research to date has culminated in the creation of a 21-day plan called ‘The Pioppi Diet’ – a diet that avoids added sugar and refined carbs builds the diet around vegetables and fatty foods like oily fish and olive oil – and also includes simple exercises everyone can do.

Dr Malhotra said: “The idea of the diet comes from when I visited a village in southern Italy “Pioppi” which is one of the healthiest villages in the world. The people of Pioppi age well and they don’t take medication in the older ages.”

“An example was when I was filming my documentary out there we went to a restaurant and the owner was 85 years of age. The next day I saw the owner of the restaurant on the roof of his restaurant fixing it. I was like, wow I want to be like that at 85!”

Dr Malhotra and the co-author of the diet Donal O’Neill made a documentary called “The Big Fat Fix”..

This goes beyond the benefits of low-carb and high-fat diets, into other lifestyle factors that are important for a long and healthy life based on the way people of Pioppi lived.

Dr Malhotra said: “Myself and Donall O’Neill took the secrets of the village and how these people lived and married it with all the research we’ve been doing over several years to produce the 21-day Pioppi diet plan.”

Dr Malhotra will be one of the key speakers at the symposium at Hyde Town Hall.

You can read more about Dr Malhotra and his research below or visit

Why changing your diet could be a lifesaver

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has previously praised Aseem’s work on Tameside Radio.

LISTEN: Tameside medic and Andy Burnham on film aimed at reducing heart disease deaths

Aseem joined us on The Reporter Show on Tameside Radio 103.6FM aired on Thursday night to tell us about the ‘world first’ being organised at Hyde Town Hall – and to share the benefits of his research.

If you missed the show you can listen again here

Join us – and sign up for the Pioppi Challenge today!


To sign up for the Sugar Free 70 day diet and receive Dr Aseem Malhotra’s FREE guide to kickstart your sugar free challenge by email, based on his UK bestseller The Pioppi Diet which also includes a freeview of his groundbreaking documentary –“The Big Fat Fix”

Follow the link


BBC presenter  Sara Cox praises the diet for changing her life

The revolutionary Pioppi Diet has taken the world by storm, with celebrities like Sara Cox who has taken on the diet stating: “I am obsessed with The Pioppi Diet… I feel leaner, energised, definitely less bloated and more healthy.  I genuinely feel like this is no longer a diet plan, it’s just the way I eat.”

Talking to the Daily Mail Sara Cox said: “I first heard about the Pioppi Diet when Aseem appeared on Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 show talking about sugar tax. I had a trip abroad coming up and wanted to feel at my best. I was also worried about the effect of sugar on my body.

“I downloaded the book that day and was immediately hooked on the whole ethos. I loved the first half of the book- the science, the research, the logic.

“Armed with the knowledge from the first chapters I started to make the recipes – I’m not a fan of diets, but this felt as though I was making informed decisions about what I was putting into my body rather than just denying myself certain foods.

“Within a week or so I had lost about 6lb, and even though us Coxes are all naturally tallish and lanky-ish it was great to lose that stubborn bit of “muffin top” that had previously refused to move.

“I’ve now lost around 8lb and I’m not craving sugar or any of the carbs I used to constantly grazing on.”

• The Pioppi Diet by Dr Aseem Malhotra & Donal O’Neill is published by Penguin and available at all good book shops – Aseem will also be signing copies of his book at the Hyde Town Hall symposium event.

Ditch sugar! My vision for a healthier future

A message from  Chief Executive of Tameside Hospital Karen James

Almost 30 years ago I joined the NHS as a nurse. 

It was one of the proudest days of my life. 

As any one of my colleagues will tell you there is no finer profession than the medical profession and no more satisfying feeling in the world to know that through skill and care you and your team have made someone better. 

Over that time I have seen the NHS under threat from a variety of challenges and I do believe that we are facing possibly the biggest one ever. 

Soaring levels of obesity, leading to chronic health conditions, will strain the service to breaking point if we don’t act now. 

We need to tackle the causes of ill health if we are to secure an affordable NHS.

There are two important reasons why our DITCH SUGAR! Symposium, to be held at Hyde Town Hall next Wednesday, makes sense – and why we are spotlighting sugar, which is high in calories and has absolutely no essential nutrients.


1. This year is the 70th anniversary of the NHS

The NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world. 

When it was established in 1948, Britain had rationing – a legacy from the Second World War when supplies were scarce.

Yet there was an unexpected bonus from this wartime diet and the rationing of sugar: the nation was fitter than ever before.

People’s health improved as a result of the austere but nutritionally balanced diet, and deaths from disease and other natural causes were reduced, according to the British Nutrition Foundation and the Office of National Statistics.

It wasn’t until five year’s later that rationing ended and our love affair with sugar began. 

Experts believe sugar is the biggest contributor to the obesity epidemic crippling the NHS through the rapid rise in chronic health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Radical thinking led to its creation, and its founding principle of free, high quality health care for all. 

Now, that same radical thinking approach has to be directed at one of the biggest challenges it now faces – the growing health-related consequences of obesity. 

The estimated annual cost to the NHS (67 per cent of men and 57 per cent of women are currently overweight or obese) is approximately £5billion and that figure is set to rise. 

2. Tameside is Leading the Way for the NHS

I am very proud that Tameside Hospital has become the first in the NHS to ditch sugary snacks and drinks from the restaurant following a staff weight loss trial, and we have plans to continue this philosophy by improving patient meals and by ultimately eliminating sugary confectionary and drinks from our on site shops and vending machines.

From January, snacks and sweets full of sugar have been swapped for healthier options and the only drinks available for staff and visitors are tea, coffee, milk and water. 

Puddings have been off the menu since the summer and dishes containing no sugar and limited carbohydrates, and based on the best principles of the        Pioppi Diet, sell out as soon as they are served.

All this comes after 100 members of staff took part in a 12-week Slimpod programme following my concerns about the health and wellbeing of the Trust’s 4,000 – strong staff. 

The consultants, midwives, community nurses and medical support secretaries who took part in the project all reported health improvements and benefits. 

They reduced their portion sizes, ate healthier foods and lost weight. 

The most successful person on the study lost 13.1kg over the 12 weeks, and one who had been chronically diabetic now has the condition under control.


The challenge now I believe is to widen the conversation, to encourage schools, colleges and local companies to take up the challenge to ultimately eliminate refined sugars from the food and drinks served on their premises, and help the residents of Tameside and Glossop to help themselves  – and improve their health outcomes – by cutting back and ultimately cutting out sugar from their diet. 

Our symposium on Wednesday, July 4, at Hyde Town Hall, will consider ways to create the support and education whereby the people of Tameside and Glossop can be helped towards adopting a sugar free diet and lifestyle by 2020.

Aspirational certainly, ambitious we know, but not impossible. 

The 200-strong audience will comprise of representatives from local voluntary groups and charities; local GPs and health care professionals; local authority providers and councillors; local schools, colleges, care homes and nurseries; invited guests from the wider Greater Manchester; public health experts and NHS staff. 

And we have a few places for readers of the Reporter and the Chronicle who are interested to join us. 

To register for the Ditch Sugar! afternoon symposium please contact: 

or contact Susan Osborne on 07836 229208.

I do hope I can encourage you to take the 70-day Challenge.

By doing so we can demonstrate that we care about the future of our NHS. 

And the bonus is that by helping the NHS we are also helping secure a healthier future for ourselves and our families and friends.


By Adele Lyth