OUR NETWORK OF SUGAR SMART INITIATIVES
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.
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.
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 have continued their great work on improving public health by unveiling the first public advertising billboards promoting Sugar Smart in their borough.
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.
Southwark Council is taking action to curb childhood obesity by banning sugary drinks in schools and instead offering water or milk.
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.
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.
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.