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.
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.
Confectionary companies, including Mondelez, Ferrero and Mars Wrigley are reaching out to parents to get their feedback on new ways they can sell their products to help families ‘treat responsibly’. Sustain Deputy CEO, Ben Reynolds is not convinced by the motives.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sustain member Community Food and Health Scotland is hosting its annual networking event in Glasgow this year, on Monday 25th October.
'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.
An unequivocal report from the World Bank argues for systemic changes on the part of governments and food corporations, to tackle obesity and non-communicable diseases.
Marking one year since the launch of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, Public Health England have published a short progress report and announced the next stages of the Plan. In response, the Children’s Food Campaign have criticised the lack of cross-Government oversight of the Plan, and the Department for Education's failure to make any progress on its commitments.
The end of the school term has been marked by the disappointing double-loss of promised Government funding for health and wellbeing initiatives in schools. The Healthy Pupils Capital Fund budget has been cut by £315 million - ie. a 3/4 reduction. And the Government has confirmed it will no longer be going ahead with the offer of free breakfasts to all primary school children, as it had originally promised in its General Election manifesto.
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.
The absence of the propsed cut to Universal Infant Free School Meals from the Queen's Speech is being hailed as a victory by Sustain, Jamie Oliver, School Food Plan Alliance, other food campaigners, and parents.
Scotland's pioneering Good Food Nation Bill is still at an early stage, but it is already prompting Members of the Scottish Parliament to ask questions about the sort of food supply they want and can achieve.
Food campaigners are cautiously celebrating press reports that the Conservative election pledge to cut Universal Infant Free School Meals appears to have been dropped. Read more for Sustain's response
1,707,400 children in England aged 4-7 years will no longer receive free school meals if the proposals to axe universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) go ahead. This includes 251,488 children who live in poverty.
Sustain respond to Labour's announcement that they would ban junk food advertising on all TV shows broadcast before 9pm as part of plans to tackle childhood obesity.
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.
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.
The giant formula milk manufacturer has appointed a new CEO and board of directors. Sustain member Baby Milk Action sees this as a historic opportunity for the company to bring its marketing into line with international standards -- a move which could end the long-running boycott.
Sport, study, sex, loud music (not necessarily in that order) -- it all needs brain fuel, as this short video makes clear.
Professor Corrina Hawkes will ask: are we doing enough? The free lecture will be followed by a networking reception.
Public Health England (PHE) has published guidelines setting out how the food industry should act to help children consume less sugar, targeting the everyday foods that contribute the most to children's sugar intakes.
The House of Commons Health Committee echoes campaigners, including Sustain, when it says it is 'extremely disappointed' at the lack of ambition in the Government's proposals for tackling childhood obesity.
The Food and Drink Federation, trade association for the food manufacturers, now says that it will be impossible to meet the target of reducing sugar content by 20% by 2020.
Have you heard about the “Kids’ Sugar” category? Sadly, it’s not an award for the cutest child actor, or anything as innocent as that. It is the official name given by manufacturers and advertisers to the sweets, candies and other sugary confections that they make for and promote to children.
Good news from the Budget. The Chancellor has confirmed the final Soft Drinks Industry Levy rates of 18 pence per litre and 24 pence per litre for the two sugar bands at 5g/100ml and 8g/100ml respectively. It is now over to MPs to pass the legislation, and then manufacturers and retailers to continue to raise their sugar reduction game.
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 …….
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. However, in 2016 we’re doing the Children’s Food Heroes and Food Zeroes Awards slightly differently. This time you can send us your nominations.
Children's Food Campaign responds to the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP)'s publication of new rules restricting the placement of junk food marketing to children in non-broadcast children's media.
Whilst the new advertising standards restricting junk food marketing to children, are good in sentiment, they are lacking in detail. Our Children's Food Campaign has put forward 10 points that would have filled this gap.
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