Lewisham joins Sugar Smart
Lewisham, the first London borough to run a SUGAR SMART campaign, has been joined by 20 local organisations including a schools’ caterer, an NHS Trust and a football club.
In Lewisham, one in every four children is obese or overweight by the time they start secondary school, which is higher than the national average. In a move to tackle this level of obesity, Lewisham has become the first London borough to go Sugar Smart. The Council is working with local businesses and organisations, including schools, children’s centres and hospitals, to promote healthier, lower-sugar alternatives and to limit less healthy options.
The Sugar Smart Lewisham campaign was launched in October 2016, with several local businesses pledging to reduce sugar. Chartwells, a major catering firm that supplies many Lewisham schools, will be producing healthier school meals and reducing the sugar content in their popular desserts. Student councils in Lewisham are also working towards making changes in their schools.
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust has pledged to provide more healthy food and drinks options, and to encourage the Trust’s retail partners to work towards healthier standards for staff, visitors and patients. Meanwhile, Millwall Football Club has agreed to introduce a sugar tax of 10p across the stadium, and in all their catering outlets. Proceeds will go to the Millwall Community Trust to develop a food, exercise and healthy lifestyle programme for children in local schools.