A new study from Cancer Research and the University of Liverpool with 2,500 7-11 year olds reveals once again how increased exposure to junk food advertising increases children’s desire for less healthy products.
Over 30% of Healthy Start vouchers are not being claimed in London, which would help low income young families afford a healthy diet. London is below national average, with some local authorities making little attempt to increase update. Over £200K is unclaimed across 13 London boroughs.
After a pilot installing 20 fountains this summer, the Mayor has partnered with Thames Water to scale up the scheme with an estimated £5million investment jointly. Sustain welcome the leadership but question whether the ambition measures up to the scale of the problem it is trying to tackle.
The Children's Food Campaign has launched a new survey to make sure parents' views are heard in response to government proposals to ban the sale of energy drinks to children. Join our Parents' Jury today if you want to take part. Deadline: Thursday 25 October 2018.
A study by the Union GMB has found that almost one in ten school staff are bringing in their own food for hungry kids. Read Sustain’s comment.
The government wants to hear your thoughts on labelling food with information on calories when eating in cafes, restaurants and takeaways - a move welcomed by Sustain member Diabetes UK.
More children are eating fast food meals in the US and they are not eating the healthy choices according to new research from the Rudd Centre for Food Policy and Obesity.
An event at the Centre for Food Policy - who are a member of Sustain - uses 20 years of experience of the everyday food habits of children and adults to make a true change to our food culture.
From October, local authorities will be encouraged to submit proposals for a new Trailblazer programme to tackle childhood obesity, in a partnership between the Department of Health and the Local Government Association. Children's Food Campaign welcomes the initiative, but says it will need to be scaled up for systemic change.
Most parents told us they are concerned that junk food advertising is having a significant impact on their children’s food choices. Many reported that their children were regularly being targeted and as a result increasingly associated unhealthy foods with treats and rewards, and asked for the brands they saw, making it harder for them to encourage healthy eating habits.
The Children’s Food Campaign has won a landmark ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to stop Kinder targeting adverts to children via its Kindernauts website, Magic Kinder website, app and YouTube films. But parents say rules designed to protect children are still not good enough.
New report finds that there are an estimated 14.2 million people living in poverty in the U.K
The amount of sugar in foods is now the top concern of consumers, replacing price, according to new research from the Food Standards Agency.
Sustain member The British Dietetic Association (BDA) supports legislation to ban the sale of caffeinated energy drinks to children - including in vending machines.
Children's Food Campaign welcomes the start of the Government consultation on proposals to introduce a ban on the sale of high-sugar, high-caffeine 'energy' drinks to children, as part of Chapter Two of the Childhood Obesity Plan for Action, launched in June 2018.
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, announces there will be public drinking fountains across the capital from Brixton to North Acton to Beckenham.
Food historian Bee Wilson argues that a nation’s food preferences have a major impact on diet at an event at the Centre for Food Policy.
Sustain member, Linking Environment and Farming, is inviting you to come and listen to teenagers’ views on agriculture.
The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints against a KFC 'Mars Krushem' milkshake outside a primary school and a TV ad for Kellogg's Coco Pops shown on a children's channel, but rules aimed at protecting kids from junk food marketing are still not strong enough, say health campaigners.
Sustain is shortlisted for its work on Brexit (PR Team category), SUGAR SMART (Campaigning Team category) and for the Children's Health Fund (Corporate Partnership with a Retailer category). The winners will be announced on 3 October 2018.
As the latest data from Public Health England's National Child Measurement Programme show obesity levels amongst 10-11 year olds at an all-time high, it's critical to move quickly to adopt new measures in Government Childhood Obesity Plan Chapter 2 and go beyond these, says Children's Food Campaign.
Around 35 budding young growers from nine schools took part in Capital Growth’s School Marketplace at City Hall on 13th July 2018. The event gives London schools the opportunity to sell their produce, preserves, and other school garden goodies.
Sustain's Children's Food Campaign responds with disappointment to OFSTED’s argument that schools should not be seen as a ‘silver bullet’ to tackling child obesity in the new ‘Obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools’ report.
Food Power works with a network of approximately 50 alliances or networks developing preventative and long-term responses to food poverty. The programme includes a particular focus on involving experts by experience at a strategic level. In this series of three interviews, some of those involved in the programme explore what this means for them.
California has passed a state law that will prevent any new local drinks or food taxes for the next 12 years.
Recent moves by the World Health Organisation to encourage breastfeeding across the globe were reportedly blocked by the United States of America. Drawing on decades of research showing that mother’s milk is the healthiest for children the resolution ran into trouble when the US, apparently responding to the financial interests of infant formula manufacturers, objected.
Children's Food Campaign & Obesity Health Alliance call for tougher restrictions on online advertising after the ASA bans three advertising campaigns by Mondelez/Cadbury, Swizzels Matlow and Cloetta (Chewits).
Twenty young people from Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio, Blackburn Central High School & St Thomas’s participated in the Future Food Inquiry. The group included young people working with Food Power
The Government has now published details of Chapter Two of the Childhood Obesity Plan. Children's Food Campaign welcomes bold pledges to curb junk food marketing and strengthen School Food standards, but an overall B Grade suggests much more work is needed to turn commitments into action.
After years of campaigning to tighten restructions on junk food marketing and promotions, Sustain and its Children's Food Campaign have welcomed Chapter Two of the Government's Child Obesity Plan which sets out bold commitments on these issues. But much is still to be shaped in the consultations that will follow over the rest of 2018. Read on for our response.
Sustain member FareShare launches its ActiveAte campaign to provide meals for children at risk of food poverty this summer.
With the announcement of ‘Chapter Two’ of the UK Government's Childhood Obesity Plan now imminent, check out Children's Food Campaign's handy new Report Card. How well will the government score?
Research with parents by Food Active in the North West of England reveals high levels of concern about junk food marketing, and further evidence that the public wants the Government to take action as part of forthcoming 'Chapter Two' of the Childhood Obesity Plan
Community Food and Health Scotland (who work with Sustain) are asking people to contribute to the Scottish government’s consultations.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding and Inequalities has launched an inquiry on the costs of infant formula to families in the UK and the impact that the choice of infant formula, and the purchase of infant formula is having on the health, well-being and financial situation of families.
As part of France’s Food and Agriculture Bill ministers voted against banning companies from advertising children’s foods high in fat, sugar and salt.
Parliament's Health and Social Care Committee has published a new inquiry report on Childhood Obesity, calling for better government leadership and a range of measures to curb junk food marketing. Sustain & Children's Food Campaign respond.
Real Bread Campaign supporters Jilly and Simon Dougan are working with the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) to get children interested in Real Bread making.
Public Health England has revealed mixed progress in achieving voluntary sugar reduction targets, with two-thirds of the top 20 companies achieving no change, or even increasing sugar content. Children's Food Campaign responds.
Secondary school food is a hot topic at the moment, whether it's free school meal uptake, stay on site policies or junk food shops nearby. We're teaming up with School Food Matters to get responses from staff working in London's secondary schools to find out more about the work to improve the food and the barriers many face. Complete our survey for a chance to win one of five £20 M&S Vouchers.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared war on junk food marketing, as part of her Government's new pledge to halve child obesity by 2030.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is consulting on the possibility of a complete ban on advertising of junk food and sugary drinks across the Transport for London network, to help combat child obesity, responding to Sustain's campaigns for this action. Sustain applauds this bold ambition, as part of the launch today of a public consultation on the draft London Food Strategy.
Join the Alexandra Rose Charity as they launch their vouchers scheme to help families in Southwark buy fruit and veg.
As Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall launches #BritainsFatFight, a new Parents' Jury survey wants to hear your views on how far advertising and promotions of unhealthy foods are influencing children's food preferences, and what you would like to see companies and the government do about junk food marketing.
A new fund has been launched to tackle the critical issue of veg consumption which is contributing to 20,000 premature deaths every year in the UK.
Beyond GM are hosting an event on how industrial food is causing an epidemic of chronic illnesses in children.
As the Parliamentary Health and Social Care Select Committee opens its first oral enquiry on Childhood Obesity today, Sustain and Children's Food Campaign have called for renewed cross-governmental leadership across tax, advertising regulations, education and farming policies.
Root Camp, the London charity that takes urban children on rural residential food growing and cooking weeks, is offering discounts and bursaries this summer.
Watch Sustain's Deputy CEO, Ben Reynolds, in action in a 25 minute TV roundtable that explored the UK's Soft Drinks Industry Levy, and other policy action to reduce sugar.
As the government looks to update its child obesity strategy, the Children's Food Campaign and Sustain have joined forces with Jamie Oliver, in a new #AdEnough campaign to curb junk food marketing, featuring selfies with covered eyes - the only effective ad-blocker children currently have.
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