Universities & Higher Education
Act on sugar now
Young adults are the decision makers of tomorrow. Universities and higher education institutions are in a unique position of influence to raise awareness of what sugar does to our bodies and behaviour.
Many universities already put sustainability at the heart of their catering offer and nearly all have some form of food policy. Help your institution to take action on sugar now.
SUGAR SMART ACTIONS
Ban price promotions
Ban price promotions on sugary drinks and snacks such as discounts, multi-buys, free items or meal deals.
Establish sugar-free checkouts
Ensure there are no sugary drinks and snacks for sale at checkout areas to discourage impulse buying.
Get accredited by an external organisation to ensure the food and drink you serve is healthy for people and planet.
Give staff cooking lessons
Get your colleagues to take part in a cooking course and promote low or sugar-free recipes.
Go Fizz Free
Take part in Fizz Free February and recruit people to go fizz free for the entire month.
Improve vending options
Remove sugary items from vending machines and display information about the amount of sugar in everyday food and drink.
Increase the price of sugary drinks
Increase the price difference between sugary drinks and healthier alternatives
Introduce a sugar levy
Introduce a 10p levy (or higher) on sugary drinks and sign up to the Children’s Health Fund.
Install water points and promote drinking water as the number one drink.
Remove adverts for sugar
Remove ads and make it policy not to advertise or promote any food and drink high in sugar.
Remove sugary drinks
Stop selling drinks high in sugar and promote water and no-added sugar drinks instead.
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.