The Council is supporting the 2019 national Change4Life new sugar swaps campaign to help families cut back on sugar by "making a swap when they next shop".
Research has shown that children in England are having around 2,800 sugar cubes more than they should each year, more than double the maximum recommended amount. Too much sugar is bad for children’s health as it can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we can't see. This fat can cause weight gain and serious health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Too much sugar can also cause painful tooth decay.
Most of the sugar children are having comes from sugary drinks, confectionery, biscuits, cakes, desserts, higher-sugar breakfast cereals and higher-sugar yoghurts.
Change4Life is showing families how easy it is to cut back on sugar by making a few simple swaps to their everyday food and drink. Lots of partners will also be highlighting healthier options in-store and in their own advertising and many will be using a new Change4Life ‘good choice’ badge to make it even easier for families to make healthier choices. Libraries in the Borough are also taking part by holding Sugar Swap Hunts.
Participating local libraries for the Sugar Swap Hunt 27 May - 30 June:
- Chandler's Ford
- Hedge End
- West End
To help them #makeaswap, when shopping, residents can download the free food scanner app, which lets you look up the sugar, saturated fat and salt in everyday foods and drinks.
Cabinet Lead for Health Cllr Tonia Craig said, “There are lots of health benefits to be gained by cutting back on sugar intake. I encourage local families to make healthier choices by making a few simple swaps to the food and drinks that they buy.”