Primary schools and early years

Protect the next generation

One in every five children starts primary school overweight or obese. That number rises to one in three by the time they reach secondary school. In the UK, 26,000 children are admitted to hospital every year for tooth extractions under general anaesthetic caused by excessive sugar consumption.

Your school can change this, and build happier and healthier lives for our children.

SUGAR SMART ACTIONS

Get accredited

Get accredited by an external organisation to ensure the food and drink you serve is healthy for people and planet.

Get kids creative

Get children to make viral content such as videos or interviews to share on social media channels.

Give staff cooking lessons

Get your colleagues to take part in a cooking course and promote low or sugar-free recipes.

Have a SUGAR SMART quiz

Run a quiz with surprising facts about sugar in everyday food and drink.

Promote sugar-free packed lunches

Implement a packed lunch policy in your school to ensure children have a healthy and nutritious lunch.

Promote water

Install water points and promote drinking water as the number one drink.

Remove sugary drinks

Stop selling drinks high in sugar and promote water and no-added sugar drinks instead.

Run a SUGAR SMART assembly

Run a SUGAR SMART assembly or session for children using our video and information resources.

Run a SUGAR SMART recipe demo

Use low sugar recipes to do cookery demonstrations and help children and adults make better choices for their meals.

Set SUGAR SMART challenges

Set a sugar reduction challenge, such as giving up sugary drinks for a whole week.

Sign up to healthy workplace schemes

Get your organisation to sign up to schemes such as the Workplace Wellbeing Charter or London's Healthy Workplace Charter.

Spread the word

Spread the word in your community on the dangers of too much sugar by organising events or stunts.

Stock healthier food and drink

Replace sugary items with healthier options and display signage about sugar content in everyday food and drink.