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As part of the latest Change4Life nutrition campaign, this article provides details on how schools can use new Sugar Smart World resources to support pupils to discover how much sugar is in their food/drink, and to make healthier sugar swaps.
While children’s sugar intake has declined slightly in recent years, children in England are still consuming around 8 excess sugar cubes each day; equivalent to around 2,800 excess sugar cubes per year!
Too much sugar is bad for children’s health as it can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we can't see. This fat can cause weight gain and serious diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Too much sugar can also cause painful tooth decay. Most of the sugar children are having comes from sugary drinks, confectionery, biscuits, cakes, desserts, higher-sugar breakfast cereals and higher-sugar yoghurts.
To help parents manage this, Change4Life has launched a new campaign this January to encourage families to ‘make a swap when you next shop’.
Change4Life is showing families how easy it is to cut back on sugar by making a few simple swaps to their everyday food and drinks. Campaign partners will also be highlighting healthier options in-store and in their own advertising and many will be using a new Change4Life ‘good choice’ badge to make it even easier for families to make healthier choices.
As part of the campaign, participating primary schools will also receive a free take-home pack for their pupils during January. The pack takes children on an ‘Adventure in Sugar Smart World’ and features fun games and stickers to get children to spot the higher-sugar food and drinks and choose healthier swaps. Further details are outlined below.
How can I support my pupils to make healthier sugar swaps?
Helping your pupils discover how much sugar is in their food and drink, and how they can make healthier sugar swaps has never been easier - simply visit the School Zone, and download the ‘Sugar Smart World’ curriculum-linked resources. These include:
You could also:
Beyond the classroom:
Not part of the SFVS?
If you’re not part of the SFVS, you can order your ‘Sugar Smart Word Take Home Pack from the School Zone from February 2019.
Health Improvement Specialist - Children, Schools and Families
Phone: 01273 335060