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SUGAR SMART Tower Hamlets hits the ground running at the Big Half

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. 

13/03/2018   Sugar Smart UK

Danone criticised for premature baby advert

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.

13/03/2018   Children's Food Campaign

SUGAR SMART Cornwall launch celebrates healthy workplaces

Cornwall launched their SUGAR SMART campaign at the Workplace Health Awards event 26 February. Employers across public, private and third sectors were recognised for their great work improving staff health and wellbeing in the county.

12/03/2018   Sugar Smart UK

All children in poverty should have Free School Meals, say Parents' Jury

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.

12/03/2018   Children's Food Campaign

Snack sized efforts by the confectionary industry in new 'Be Treatwise' campaign

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.

02/03/2018   Children's Food Campaign

Submission for EFRA Committee Inquiry: Trade in sugar post-Brexit

Sustain submitted the following submission for the House of Commons EFRA Committee Inquiry on how the sugar industry will be affected by Brexit and the options for an optimal trade policy surrounding sugar following-Brexit. 

01/03/2018   Food and Farming Policy

Renewed calls to MPs to support free school meals for all children in poverty

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.

01/03/2018   Food Poverty

Change kids’ environment to tackle childhood obesity

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.

27/02/2018   Children's Food Campaign

Calderdale rugby players and students pledge to reduce sugar

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.

21/02/2018   Sugar Smart UK

SUGAR SMART Cambridge launches to fruity fanfare at Cambridge United game

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.

21/02/2018   Sugar Smart UK

Bristol launches 'Teaching a City to Cook' to get young people cooking

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. 

21/02/2018   Sugar Smart UK

North Lanarkshire Council planning to provide free meals 365 days a year

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.

19/02/2018   Food Power

Study links industrial loaf products and sugary drinks with increased cancer risk

A French study has found a diet higher in ultra-processed foods may increase the risk of cancer by 12%.

15/02/2018   Real Bread Campaign

Community retailers need to work together to survive

There are fewer community retailers running in 2016 than 2006. Two new pieces of research from NHS Health Scotland recommend working together to ensure that low income communities can still access affordable, quality food.

15/02/2018   Food Access Network

FSA survey reveals customer fears about hidden sugars in food

The latest Food Standards Agency shopper survey revealed that sugar content in food is the major concern among customers.

13/02/2018   Sugar Smart UK

London Mayor seeks Chair to lead new Child Obesity Taskforce

A Chair and 12 board members are needed to lead London’s new Child Obesity Taskforce. Deadline for applications is Monday 26 February 2018.

08/02/2018   London Food Link

A million children on Universal Credit to miss out on Free School Meals

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. 

08/02/2018   Children's Food Campaign

Half of food bought by UK families is ‘ultra-processed’

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.

04/02/2018   Better Food Britain

Concentration of fast food outlets near schools rise by 67 per cent

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.

29/01/2018   Planning Food Cities

Confectionery price promotions - bag 'em or bin 'em?

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.

26/01/2018   Children's Food Campaign


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