Children’s health experts fear a future trade deal with the US could undermine UK efforts to reduce sugar consumption and import American levels of diet-related diseases alongside their produce.
Tower Hamlets launched its SUGAR SMART campaign at the Big Half Marathon on 4 March, announcing action towards reducing sugar across the borough and helping people live healthier lives.
SUGAR SMART Calderdale launched on the 8 February in Halifax, hitting the ground running with 39 businesses, organisations and schools already pledging to take action on reducing sugar within their settings. Players from the Halifax Rugby League FC and students from local schools took on challenges such as giving up energy drinks and choosing no-sugar breakfasts.
SUGAR SMART Cambridge launched with a sugar swap challenge competition and a big free fruit giveaway at the Cambridge United v Grimsby football match. Cambridge's fans cheered their team toward a victory and tweeted their sugar swap pledges.
An influential UK free-trade think tank has identified eating American beef as a ‘gain’ for British consumers from post-Brexit trade deals, whilst claiming food safety and health concerns about US food standards are ‘myths’.
A French study has found a diet higher in ultra-processed foods may increase the risk of cancer by 12%.
The latest Food Standards Agency shopper survey revealed that sugar content in food is the major concern among customers.
Food made in factories with industrial ingredients and additives now make up half of the food bought by UK households. We buy more ultra-processed foods than any other European country.
Action on Sugar is calling for a complete ban on confectionery price promotions, saying sharing bags may contain up to FOUR times the recommended maximum daily adult intake of sugar.
Sugary brands including Kinder, Chewits and Kellogg’s CocoPops were exposed by BBC Newsnight on Monday 15 January for continuing to target under-16s via websites, games, toys, apps and cartoon characters.
Sustain responds to press reports on Coca-Cola's plans to change the sizing and prices of some of their products ahead of the implementation of the Sugary Drinks Tax.
The NHS England ban on the sale of sugary drinks has been written into the updated Standard Contract for hospitals and the new rules will come into force later this year. Read Sustain's response.
Public Health England’s Change4Life Campaign urges parents to limit their children to just two snacks of no more than 100 calories per day.
Labels that warn about the risks of sugary drinks steered virtual consumers to unsweetened drinks in a study by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
It’s that time of year again where we look to celebrate the people and organisations that have made a significant contribution towards the Children’s Food Campaign’s goals over the past twelve months; and name the ‘zeroes’ who have thrown roadblocks in the way. Tell us who you would like to see win these awards.
The latest London borough to join SUGAR SMART launched its sugar reduction campaign at Urswick Secondary School, which has transformed its food culture for the sake of students' health.
Healthy food advocates dressed in tooth fairy outfits and SUGAR SMART t-shirts descended on the O2 Arena Saturday 9th December to deliver free toothbrushes to families and an Open Letter to Coca-Cola's marketing lead, asking the company to clean up its irresponsible Christmas promotional campaign.
A Tooth Fairy Welcome Party will descend on the Coca-Cola Holiday Truck Tour Saturday 9th December in London to challenge the unhealthy marketing campaign that sees thousands of sugary drinks given away for free at over 40 locations across the UK.
There is little ‘snap, crackle or pop’ to Kellogg’s announcement. Our reaction is more ‘grr’ than ‘grrrrrreat’, as this is a missed opportunity for Kellogg’s to show itself a true industry leader.
SUGAR SMART campaigners joined forces with Waltham Forest Public Health Team to hand out toothbrushes and healthy eating info to families near the Coca-Cola truck’s first stop in London. The team also delivered a letter to Asda management asking them to stop supporting unhealthy marketing practices and to put limits to how Coca-Cola promotes its products.
The Canadian Senate has passed a bill which would stop unhealthy food and drink being advertised specifically to children. If it becomes law it would prohibit ‘packaging, advertising and all other forms of promotion directed at children.’
The European soft drinks industry has voluntarily pledged to stop making sugary drinks available to secondary school students in the EU. This would affect 40 million young people in 50,000 secondary schools across 28 countries.
The Mayor is inviting feedback on his draft London Health Inequalities Strategy by midnight Thursday 30th November. This is your chance to ensure good food is on London's policy agenda.
This weekend saw the Coca-Cola machine rolling into Glasgow to launch their ever more tenuously Christmas-themed truck tour. The announcement of the tour was made hours after Halloween (and ironically coinciding with Sugar Awareness Week), which arguably would be a better theme considering the grisly consequences of too much sugar consumption.
Oxford United FC's saturday kick off at home to Northampton wouldn’t be the kind of place where you’d expect to see a new health campaign launching. But that’s at the heart of what the Oxford Sugar Smart campaign is about – reaching out where health campaigns haven't dared to venture in the past.
Not feeling festive about the Coca-Cola truck visiting your city and handing out sugary drinks to the public and children? Here's some ideas of ways to get a different message out.
Read Sustain's reaction to the announcement of the dates and locations of the Coca Cola Christmas Truck Tour 2017.
The Centre for Food Policy is holding a public seminar on creating a US food system based on “food with values” rather than "cheap food.”
One year on, the SUGAR SMART Bristol campaign shares their journey from strength to strength with a new infographic, and considers the next steps ahead.
Waltham Forest becomes the fourth London borough to sign Local Government Declaration on Sugar Reduction and Healthier Food
SUGAR SMART Bristol has launched a brilliant and informative social media campaign amied at young people. The campaign features facts about hidden sugars in everyday foods, and a catchy animation with a familiar tune.
Everyone Active launches its national involvement in the SUGAR SMART campaign by pledging to remove more than three tonnes of sugar from its food and beverage products over the next three years.
'Give Cadbury’s sponsorship the boot', parents tell Premier League. Over two-thirds of Parents’ Jury members surveyed had a negative view of the Premier League’s new partnership with Cadbury. 92% of the Parents’ Jury supported the call for sports' governing bodies to restrict partnerships with sugary food brands.
New research reveals that cereal manufacturers are deceiving shoppers by using poor nutrition labelling. Action on Sugar urges food and drinks manufacturers to display colour-coded front of pack labelling across all their products immediately.
Healthy Norwich has produced an animation exposing the impacts of fizzy drinks on young people’s health and wellbeing to inspire teens to kick the habit.
SUGAR SMART Durham launched 10th July with a number of partners across sectors leading the way to reduce overconsumption of sugar across County Durham.
Children's Food Campaign has produced a handy guide to the new rules which came into force on 1 July 2017 restricting junk food advertising to children. This is the first stage of our 'Operation Eagle Eye' mission to monitor the new rules, report infringements and reduce children's exposure to all forms of junk food marketing.
Saturday 1 July marks the date when the new Committee of Advertising Practice rules come in. These rules ban the advertising of high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) food or drink products in traditional and online children’s media and other sites where children make up over 25% of the audience. It also marks the launch of our Operation Eagle Eye to make sure that companies keep to these new standards.
Ireland claims that its new voluntary Code of Practice limiting the marketing of foods high in salt, sugar and saturated fats will be a 'world first'.
Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Sustain have launched a new campaign which supports organisations looking to change the amount of sugar we consume. They are now encouraging organisations to register on the new SUGAR SMART website, for support in tackling sugar within their premises, and also those wanting to run campaigns across their local area.
On Thursday 29 June, the second in the 2017 series of free talks asks ‘How can we eat and live well in the future?
MPs have today approved the Finance Bill, which incorporates legislation enabling the introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in April 2018. This is a good day for parents and children's health, says Sustain, which has led the call for a sugary drinks tax in the UK.
The Campaign for Better Hospital Food welcomes the move by NHS England, announced today, to limit the amount of sugary drinks sold in our hospitals.
Sustain's Childrens Food Campaign sets its sights on the fate of the Sugary Drinks Industry Levy in Tuesday's Finance Bill
A new study has found high levels of the carcinogenic chemical acrylamide in potato crisps sampled from major UK brands and retailers. Acrylamide is formed when starchy foods are heated, but it can be minimised if manufacturers alter their processes. So far, lack of regulation means few have done so.
In response to the Brazilian meat scandal, which involves the world’s biggest beef and chicken exporters, Vicki Hird, Farm Campaign Coordinator of Sustain comments: “The rot exposed at the heart of the Brazilian meat processing industry illustrates well the dangerous impact of a cheap meat supply which drives demand domestically and globally.
Admitting that the food industry's performance so far on child obesity has been misdirected, Nestle has said it will remove 18,000 tones of sugar from its European products by 2020, equivalent to a 5% reduction from current levels.
The Healthy Stadia organisation aims to turn sports arenas into healthy eating hubs -- and in doing so it shines a light on how food companies have hijacked sport to promote unhealthy eating. The annual conference will take place in April.
CASH announces Salt Awareness Week 2017, which has the intentionally alarming theme, The Forgotten Killer.
Here’s our look back over the past year to see who has made a significant contribution towards helping Children’s Food Campaign achieve its goals; and who has thrown roadblocks in the way. The winners of the 2016 Children’s Food Heroes and Children's Food Zeroes awards are …….
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Projects & campaigns
Better Hospital Food
Children's Health Fund
Children's Food Campaign
Food and Farming Policy
Food co-ops toolkit
Good Food For London
London Food Link
Planning Food Cities
Real Bread Campaign
Roots to work
Save Our Antibiotics
Sugar Smart UK
Sugary Drinks Duty
Sustainable Fish Cities
Sustainable Food Cities
The Big Dig
Urban Food Fortnight