Establish sugar-free checkouts

Ensure there are no sugary drinks and snacks for sale at checkout areas to discourage impulse buying.

  • Ensure that the checkout(s) in your restaurant, café or shop don’t undermine healthy choices.
  • Remove sugary snacks and drinks from till areas to discourage impulse-buying.
  • Our case study shows how some hospitals and high-street retailers are banning junk food from checkouts, including 50% of supermarket outlets.

Our food environment is loaded with junk food and sugary treats – and checkouts contribute to this unhealthy food environment. Even shopping for clothes or books has become yet another opportunity to push unhealthy products on people. Instead, imagine finding fresh, healthy options at checkouts.

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