Sugar Smart for Community Groups
What’s it all about?
We're all eating too much sugar, and it's bad for our health. It contributes to high rates of tooth decay, obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. About two-thirds of adults are either overweight or obese. Even more worrying, is that over a quarter of children are also overweight or obese meaning their long-term health is severely at risk.
On average, kids are eating three times the recommended amount of sugar, most of it from things like fizzy drinks, breakfast cereals and confectionery. Sugar Smart Greenwich is a pledge campaign for local businesses to join, to help raise awareness of the health impact of high levels of sugar in foods and drinks and take action to reduce sugar intake. Community groups have a vital role to play.
How can you achieve it?
Taking action doesn’t need to cost you anything and there are many ways to become Sugar Smart:
Reduce the amount of fizzy and high sugar drinks you sell or offer and provide healthier options
Actively promote free drinking water, e.g. become a Refill location – see Action on Refill
Deliver workshops/displays on sugar content in drinks for staff or customers - we have resources you can use here: http://www.goodfoodingreenwich.org/sugar-smart/make-your-food-business-sugar-smart/
Display information on the sugar content of drinks
Run campaigns on healthier food and drink options
If applicable remove unhealthy vending from your premises, or work with vending suppliers to ensure healthier produce is sold
firstname.lastname@example.org for more support.
Links for further information