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.
Men with high sugar intakes have an increased likelihood of common mental disorders (such as anxiety and depression) after 5 years compared to those with low intake, according to a recent study. The research also showed that having a mood disorder did not make people more inclined to eat foods with a high-sugar content.
The amount of sugar in foods is now the top concern of consumers, replacing price, according to new research from the Food Standards Agency.
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.
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.
California has passed a state law that will prevent any new local drinks or food taxes for the next 12 years.
A campaign is running to install drinking fountains in Loughborough town centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The latest Food Standards Agency shopper survey revealed that sugar content in food is the major concern among customers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each year thousands of deaths could be prevented by taxing unhealthy foods and subsidising healthy ones. These are the findings of a new study which links the correlation between the cost of healthy foods and shopping behaviour.
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 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.
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.
Over 40 organisations, directors of public health and elected members representing 28 local areas joined SUGAR SMART UK in urging Coca-Cola to stop promoting free sugary drinks to the general public, and in particular to children.
One year on, the SUGAR SMART Bristol campaign shares their journey from strength to strength with a new infographic, and considers the next steps ahead.
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.
The first Scottish SUGAR SMART campaigns have launched in Glasgow and Aberdeen, with a strong focus on community engagement and work with local schools.
Everyone Active launches its national involvement in the SUGAR SMART campaign by pledging to remove more than three tonnes of sugar from its food and beverage products over the next three years.
New research reveals that cereal manufacturers are deceiving shoppers by using poor nutrition labelling. Action on Sugar urges food and drinks manufacturers to display colour-coded front of pack labelling across all their products immediately.
Results of a large-scale study suggest that the use of artificial sweeteners does not help with weight reduction, and may even contribute to heart disease.
Healthy Norwich has produced an animation exposing the impacts of fizzy drinks on young people’s health and wellbeing to inspire teens to kick the habit.
The SUGAR SMART Exeter Survey has revealed that residents are concerned about their sugar intake, and the effect it has on their health. Almost 700 people had their say, which shows a public desire to see changes in the how unhealthy food is provisioned in the city.
Bristol Water joins the SUGAR SMART Bristol Campaign this summer with free Water Bar pop ups at popular events to help residents consume less sugar and waste less plastic.
Radstock and Westfield welcomed the community launch of SUGAR SMART Bath & North East Somerset, where hundreds of residents found out about reducing sugar in their diets, and won healthy goodies through the Human Fruit Machine.
Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Sustain have launched a new campaign which supports organisations looking to change the amount of sugar we consume. They are now encouraging organisations to register on the new SUGAR SMART website, for support in tackling sugar within their premises, and also those wanting to run campaigns across their local area.
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