Guernsey and Alderney 'eat a rainbow' of fruit & veg during the Covid-19 crisis

Expanding healthy food access and education is more important than ever, given the emerging evidence on the link between obesity and Covid-19 mortality risk and the impact of lockdown on child obesity rates. As community spaces and support services have been physically shut, Sugar Smart partners have been responding innovatively to help inspire and encourage healthy choices and push out public health messaging. This week, we heard from the team at the Health Improvement Comission in Guernsey to see what they have been up to.

Health experts call for Government action on obesity to reduce Covid-19 complications 

Sustain alliance member, Action on Sugar and Action on Salt are today calling on the Government to take evidence-based action to reduce national obesity levels, as mounting research identifies obesity as an independent risk factor for more severe outcomes and death from Covid-19. 

Unhealthy food brands are using the crisis for PR stunts

A recent article in The Grocer has outed junk food brands, like Krispy Kreme, who are using the current Covid-19 crisis to push their brands through offering benefits and donations to frontline workers.

Lewisham now have Sugar Smart billboards across the borough

Lewisham have continued their great work on improving public health by unveiling the first public advertising billboards promoting Sugar Smart in their borough.

Sugar Smart Somerset takes a whole school approach to improve children's health

Somerset County Council officially launched their Sugar Smart campaign in January 2020 at an event attended by David Fothergill, the Council Leader, Sustain’s Fran Bernhardt, and representatives from several local schools and organisations.

Tower Hamlets host their first Sugar Smart day

Residents of Tower Hamlets launched their first ever Sugar Smart day during February half term this year to encourage the community to think about their sugar intake.

Southwark to introduce 'water only' schools across the borough

Southwark Council is taking action to curb childhood obesity by banning sugary drinks in schools and instead offering water or milk.

Londoners should never be further than 100m from drinking water

London Child Obesity Taskforce is calling for access to drinking water to be scaled up to ensure Londoners are never far from free drinking water.

Calls for international collaboration to combat children-targeted junk food marketing

A report published in February 2020 by the WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission calls for a legally binding protocol to be added to the CRC so that countries can work together to prohibit children-targeted junk food marketing.

Unilever announces aims to change its marketing to children

In recognising the seriousness of child obesity globally, the corporation has announced some steps it is taking to reduce marketing and advertising of food and drinks to children. Read our response.



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