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.
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 marketing fund for vegetables will be launched next week by The Food Foundation.
The European Commission launches an investigation into front of pack nutritional labelling.
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.
Sustain has welcomed commitments from shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth that a future Labour Government would introduce legal standards for hospital food, extend the sugary drinks tax and ban junk food advertising during family TV, for the benefit of the nation's health.
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.
This Friday, 6 April 2018, sees the Government introduce its Soft Drinks Industry Levy. Read on for a comment from Sustain who have led a coalition of campaigning for this over the last five years.
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.
The Academy of Change is a professional development programme for NGOs active in sustainability and climate change. The Academy programme aims to build skills in getting target groups to follow more sustainable behaviour.
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.
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.
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
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