The SUGAR SMART campaign held a successful one year celebration event at London's City Hall, bringing together nearly 100 local campaign leads, organisations, businesses and individuals tackling sugar overconsumption in their communities across the UK.
Whether you are leading a local campaign, taking action as a participating setting, or an individual, take part in SUGAR SMART September using our free resources and sugar reduction challenge ideas.
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.
Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust joins the SUGAR SMART Campaign and announces a ban on sugary drinks sales across all its retail sites, including WHSmith and Marks & Spencer.
Seven cities and local authorities are looking to dump junk food adverts or promote healthier ones in an effort to tackle diet related disease in their area. The pledges to act were made by places ranging from Bournemouth & Poole to Glasgow following the Sustainable Food Cities conference, just hours after the launch of the Government’s Obesity Plan. Restricting junk food advertising is one of the headline measures of the Plan, alongside a Government pledge to support local trailblazers taking action to improve children’s health.
Research by Eating Better (who are a member of Sustain) shows that supermarket ready meals aren’t catering for the growing numbers of flexitarian and meat conscious customers.
California has passed a state law that will prevent any new local drinks or food taxes for the next 12 years.
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).
Today NHS England have announced that an outright ban on selling sugary drinks in foodservice or retail outlets on NHS premises will not come into force in July 2018, despite including a clause in NHS hospital contracts earlier this year that hinted a ban would be imposed.
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.
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
New research from Action on Salt shows that average salt content of restaurant and fast food salads has increased 13% since 2014.
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.
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.
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 campaigning on junk food marketing from Jamie Oliver, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Sustain and our alliance of organisations. We applaud this bold ambition, as part of the launch of a public consultation on the draft London Food Strategy. Show your support for the Mayor’s proposal?
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.
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.
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.
A study has found that diners in the UK are prepared to spend up to £1.25 extra for burger if it is sold in a ‘high quality’ bun.
The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) welcomes the Soft Drinks Industry Levy saying that it has successfully encouraged manufacturers to reduce sugar in their products.
With the introduction of the Government’s Soft Drinks Industry Levy – commonly known as the Sugary Drinks Tax – this report reflects on the campaign and coalition of charities and champions that made it happen.
Major football associations, leagues and one in four Premier League clubs have partnerships with junk food companies, including chocolate and sugary drinks brands. Take action to ask football to drop junk food partnerships for good.
As the Government prepares the next stage of its Childhood Obesity Plan, is it time to end the love affair between children’s favourite cartoon characters and junk food? asks Children's Food Campaign's Barbara Crowther.
Government lets schools know how to get funding from the money raised through the sugary drinks levy.
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.
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