The House of Lords has passed a motion regretting proposed Government changes in eligibility rules for Free School Meals under Universal Credit, and called for a full poverty impact assessment before anything is implemented.
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.
The annual international Real Bread Week once again saw people of all ages rising to the challenge of baking the own additive-free loaves or buying them from local, independent bakeries.
First Steps Nutrition lead a campaign to get Danone Nutricia to withdraw an advert which appeared in health professional literature. The advert implies that vulnerable babies will ‘survive and thrive’ when given infant formula.
9 in 10 members of the Children's Food Campaign Parents' Jury members say they support Free School Meals for all school-age children living in households in poverty, as Parliament is set for crucial debate.
Objections have been raised in both Houses of Parliament to the Government's plan to introduce a net earnings threshold of £7400 for eligibility for Free School Meals under Universal Credit, triggering renewed calls to extend provision to include all children in poverty.
A major report from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity argues that framing obesity as an issue of individual willpower overlooks the overwhelming evidence from behavioural science on how environments influence people’s decision-making.
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.
Bristol is set to get inspired about food as a new programme “Teaching a City to Cook” launches alongside a competition to find the city’s Young Cook of the Year. SUGAR SMART Bristol, local chefs and others team up to get the city's next generation cooking.
North Lanarkshire Council is planning to provide free meals to low income families 365 days a year. This is part of efforts to tackle 'holiday hunger'. The council will pilot the initiative over the Easter holidays and could then extend into the summer holidays.
A Chair and 12 board members are needed to lead London’s new Child Obesity Taskforce. Deadline for applications is Monday 26 February 2018.
The Government has announced it will introduce an earnings threshold for eligibility for Free School Meals under Universal Credit, restricting eligibility to families with net earning below £7,400.
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.
A new report finds that Nestlé misleads and manipulates customers over the nutritional claims in its baby formula. It also contradicts its own nutritional advice in different countries.
New research has shown that more than one in four takeaways is within 5 minutes walk of a school - an increase of 67% in the last eight years. Read on for Sustain's comment.
The second reading of Frank Fields MP’s School Holidays (Meals and Provisions) Bill has prompted a response from government.
The initiative launched at Carlisle College on 19 January, bringing together Carlisle & Cumbria's public health leads, school children and young people pledging to work together to tackle the health crisis brought on by too much sugar.
Only 1.2% of food and soft drink advertising budgets promote healthy vegetables The Food Foundation's new VEG POWER campaign aims to change that, by heroising the power of eating up your carrots!
Redbridge launched its SUGAR SMART campaign at Redbridge Town Hall on 8 January, with plans to work with leisure centres, businesses and early years settings to tackle obesity in the borough.
An alliance of high street brands launch a voluntary Code of Practice that includes a sugar reduction target of 20 per cent, as set out in the Childhood Obesity Plan.
Enfield's SUGAR SMART campaign launched on 13 January at Enfield Town FC's home match against Merstham FC. Fans filled out the Great Sugar Debate public survey to share their views on the issue, while local council leaders pledged borough-wide support for the initiative.
Croydon's SUGAR SMART campaign launched at the Surrey Street Community Market in the heart of the borough, alongside other local healthy lifestyle initiatives working together to improve the lives of local residents.
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.
Against a rising tide of public anger and political noise demanding action on childhood obesity and plastic waste, has the time come for a rebirth of the humble drinking fountain, and could it become a positive physical emblem of the kind of country we want following Brexit?
There is still time to contact your MP to ask them to support Frank Field’s Holiday Hunger Bill before its second reading on Friday 19th of January. The End Hunger UK campaign have created a template message that can be used to contact your MP.
School Food Matters backs Jamie Oliver's calls on the government to ban the sale of energy drinks to under 16s.
Public Health England’s Change4Life Campaign urges parents to limit their children to just two snacks of no more than 100 calories per day.
When I started at Children’s Food Campaign in January 2012, getting cooking onto the curriculum, junk off the checkouts and traffic light nutrition labelling onto the front of packaging were the big campaigns I got stuck into first. And there has been significant progress on each of those since, as well as on a Sugary Drinks Tax, School Food Standards and Universal Infant Free School Meals ... and that is just for starters.
New findings from The Children’s Society have revealed that one million children living in poverty in England will miss out on free school meals under universal credit proposals. A coalition of organisations is urging the public to respond to the Government’s consultation.
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.
Next year’s Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH) Salt Week will highlight the damage of eating too much salt in early childhood.
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.
Some sausages have more salt in them than a double cheeseburger and fries. This is based on new research from Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) which found that some manufacturers appear to have made no effort to lower the salt content in their products.
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 British Dietetic Association have updated their policy on Sustainable Diets. The influential health professionals say we should reduce our red and processed meat and instead get protein from beans and pulses.
School kids can now directly FaceTime / Skype with a farmer to discover where their food comes from. The new initiative by Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) aims to bring the world of farming directly into the classroom.
The Rose Vouchers, which supports pregnant women and families living on low incomes to eat more healthily, won the best Early Intervention Award at the Children & Young People Now Awards 2017.
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 Government has launched new guidance including sample menus for pre-school children. The ‘scalable’ menus can be used by nurseries, childminders and pre-schools to provide healthy meals for young children.
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.
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.
From October 2017, all children attending YMCA nurseries and pre-schools across Southampton will soon be able to independently access fresh drinking water from newly installed outdoors water fountains.
All children in New York City public schools now have access to free school lunches. Last year 75% of students were eligible for free lunches. This year Free School Lunch for All will provide meals for over 200,000 students.
Study led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine with the University of Cambridge found adding a 10p levy to sugary drinks sold in Jamie’s Italian restaurants resulted in a decline in sales.
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.
Children in England are being exposed to a cocktail of pesticide residues in the fresh produce they receive through the Department of Health’s School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme (SFVS), according to research by Sustain member Pesticide Action Network UK.
The first of the big Brexit Bills is now upon us. On Thursday September 7, the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (also known as the Repeal Bill) will have its second reading in Parliament. It will establish the new foundations of how UK law will in future be created, governed, scrutinised and enforced.
It's not just chlorine-dipped chicken. The quality and safety of baby food are at risk from the Repeal Bill and new international trade deals. We need strong standards and institutions to ensure babies get the nutrition and protection they need, say Dr Helen Crawley of the First Steps Nutrition Trust and Kath Dalmeny of Sustain.
'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.
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