Healthcare & Hospitals
Time to set an example
The NHS is at breaking point, spending between £5 billion and £9 billion per year treating obesity and related complications such as type-2 diabetes. Each year there are 7,000 amputations because of type-2 diabetes. In addition, over 60% of the 1.35 million NHS workforce is overweight or obese.
Your organisation can set the example for the rest of the nation by taking action on sugar in-house, and with your wider policies.
SUGAR SMART ACTIONS
Ban price promotions on sugary drinks and snacks such as discounts, multi-buys, free items or meal deals.
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.
Get your colleagues to take part in a cooking course and promote low or sugar-free recipes.
Take part in Fizz Free February and recruit people to go fizz free for the entire month.
Run a quiz with surprising facts about sugar in everyday food and drink.
Remove sugary items from vending machines and display information about the amount of sugar in everyday food and drink.
Increase the price difference between sugary drinks and healthier alternatives
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 ads and make it policy not to advertise or promote any food and drink high in sugar.
Stop selling drinks high in sugar and promote water and no-added sugar drinks instead.
Set a sugar reduction challenge, such as giving up sugary drinks for a whole week.
Get your organisation to sign up to schemes such as the Workplace Wellbeing Charter or London's Healthy Workplace Charter.
Spread the word in your community on the dangers of too much sugar by organising events or stunts.
Replace sugary items with healthier options and display signage about sugar content in everyday food and drink.