SUGAR SMART Glasgow community launch a fruity fun success
Glasgow launches its SUGAR SMART campaign with a series of popular community events over the summer break.
Activities included smoothie bikes, activities exposing the hidden sugars in everyday foods, and information for families to reduce their intake. The community events took place in North Glasgow, where male life expectancy is five years below and female life expectancy is nearly four years below the Scottish average. In 2015, according to the Scottish Government 65% of adults aged 16 and over were overweight, including 29% who were obese. Moreover 15% children aged 2 to 15 were at risk of obesity, with a further 13% at risk of overweight.
In spite of the sobering statistics, the SUGAR SMART Glasgow campaign, led by the North Glasgow Community Food Initiative, focuses on informative and fun ways to support local communities to make healthy changes in their lives.
Some of the activities planned include nutrition workshops to bring awareness about sugar, community events providing information about healthy eating and spreading the word about the campaign. The campaign is working closely with the local community sector to ensure that key messages can reach more people across Glasgow. Finally, we are hoping to encourage formation of a local self-help group.
Bob Doris, MSP for Maryhill and Springburn (SNP), said:
“There needs to be a greater awareness of the quantity of sugar that many of us consume each week as part of our diet. The SUGAR SMART campaign is an excellent initiative encouraging individuals, groups and organisations to do just that. I am delighted to support this campaign and I welcome the approach being taken by the North Glasgow Community Food Initiative."