OUR NETWORK OF SUGAR SMART INITIATIVES
SUGAR SMART’s online shop is now open for business selling a range of tshirts, mugs and bags
Langley Children’s Centre has become the 1000th organisation in the country to go SUGAR SMART. The children’s centre, based in the Borough of Rochdale in Greater Manchester is one of a growing number of settings focussing on tackling sugar overconsumption among children.
The Government agency has launched a new campaign to encourage families to ‘make a swap when you next shop’ to help them cut back on sugar. Read Sustain’s response.
SUGAR SMART Newcastle launched on Wednesday 14 November at the Beacon Centre, with an impressive partnership of settings, businesses and groups from across the city joining up to tackle the impacts of sugar overconsumption on their local communities.
Coke truck tour 37% shorter than last year as local opposition grows, with evidence emerging that local authorities are refusing Coke permission to park on their land. Over 80 groups and local authorities, and campaigners including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall sign letter calling for Coca-Cola to stop giving out free sugary drinks, with the truck targetting areas with some of the worst dietary health problems. ASDA and Tesco now under pressure to stop hosting the truck.
Islington brings together schools caterer Caterlink, leisure provider GLL, Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club, London Metropolitan University and others to improve meals served across the Borough.
Action on Sugar call for a ban on excessively high sugar and calorie milkshakes sold in high street restaurant and fast food chains.
SUGAR SMART September went national this year, with local councils, organisations and individuals taking on sugar reduction challenges and inspiring others to follow suit.
After a pilot installing 20 fountains this summer, the Mayor has partnered with Thames Water to scale up the scheme with an estimated £5million investment jointly. Sustain welcome the leadership but question whether the ambition measures up to the scale of the problem it is trying to tackle.
Men with high sugar intakes have an increased likelihood of common mental disorders (such as anxiety and depression) after 5 years compared to those with low intake, according to a recent study. The research also showed that having a mood disorder did not make people more inclined to eat foods with a high-sugar content.