Tower Hamlets Sugar Smart Campaign
Did you know:
- Eating too many foods and drinks high in sugar can cause weight gain, increasing the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers?
- Children in Tower Hamlets have higher than average levels of excess weight?
- Levels of tooth decay are high in Tower Hamlets, with approximately 1/3 of five year olds with one or more decayed, missing or filled teeth?
Sugar Smart is a national campaign, delivered locally, to reduce the amount of sugar we all consume. Schools (and community groups) in Tower Hamlets can participate in the local campaign aimed at raising awareness of the risks of excessive sugar consumption and increasing confidence to make healthier choices.
Schools interested in taking the Sugar Smart Pledge should contact Manal Adam in Public Health and David Banks in the Healthy Lives team
Schools interested in taking the Sugar Smart Pledge as part of the Silver and Gold Healthy Schools London Awards should contact David Banks to discuss. For these schools, the Healthy Lives team has developed a resource pack that is available on the Tower Hamlets Sugar Smart Campaign Resources page.
Change4Life provides a number of healthy eating resources for parents to use at home. These include:
FREE Smart Recipe App
The FREE Smart Recipe app from Change4Life is an easy way of helping families eat tasty, healthier meals the whole family will love. The recipes are easy to follow and list all the ingredients parents need to feed a family of 4 for around £5.
Quick and easy family meal recipes
Change4Life have compiled 30 flexible dinner ideas with step-by-step instructions parents and families can follow. The recipes include just the essential ingredients, as well as clearly labelled swappable items. With healthier versions of popular meals, there is plenty of inspiration to suit families budget and schedule.
Facts about Sugar
Change4Life has lots of resources to support parents and families to reduce their sugar intake. Tower Hamlets is a Sugar Smart borough and the Change4Life website includes information about how sugar affects children, how much sugar is too much and provides easy ideas to cut back on consuming sugar.
What counts as 5-a-day?
Eating enough fruit and vegetables is really important for a healthy diet. The Change4Life website supports parents and families to understand the importance of 5-a-day and provides breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas to get your 5-a-day. Also, Change4Life provides information on portion sizes, top tips and what counts as five fruit and vegetables a day.
British Nutrition Foundation (BNF)
The BNF Healthy Eating Week @ Home consists of seven daily health challenges which can be undertaken both at home and in schools. The challenges are supported by easy to access resources, as well as cook along activities each day. Each challenge comes with resources to make leading a healthier lifestyle easier. The health challenges include:
- Eat well
- Eat more wholegrains
- Have 5-a-day
- Drink plenty
- Move more
- Be mind-kind: help a friend or neighbour
- Try something new & keep going
Their website contains lots of resources to support school staff and to help families lead healthier lifestyles.