The council has signed up to the national SUGAR SMART campaign, led by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and food charity Sustain.
Pledging its commitment at the Big Half marathon event on Sunday 4 March 2018, the council announced its action towards reducing sugar and helping people live healthier lives and is asking organisations, schools, businesses and community groups to sign up and do the same.
SUGAR SMART falls in line with the initiatives of the Local Government Declaration on Sugar Reduction and Healthier Food charter signed by the council in 2017 to transform the food environment and support residents to live healthier lives.
The council pledges to:
- Review council-run cafes and canteens and ensure they meet ‘gold standard’ of the local Food for Health Award Scheme
- Continue supporting businesses and organisations to improve their food offer and help promote them
- Ensure that the majority of food and drink provided at public events organised by the council are healthy choices
- Provide clearer information about the sugar content of food and drink
- Raise public awareness about consuming too much sugar and provide more information about healthier options
- Provide more information about how to get more physically active
- Review the school meal menus offered by the council’s contract services
Consuming too much sugar and too many foods and drinks high in sugar can lead to weight gain, which in turn increases the risk of heart disease, type 2 Diabetes, stroke and some cancers. It is also linked to tooth decay.
Children in Tower Hamlets have high levels of excess weight (overweight or obesity). Among 4-5 year olds 23.5% have excess weight (of whom 12% are obese), and among 10-11 year olds 42.2% have excess weight (of whom 26.5% are obese). Both these are above the average for London and England although the levels of obesity among 4-5 year olds in Tower Hamlets are falling gradually.
Levels of tooth decay are also high: about a third of children aged five in Tower hamlets have tooth decay compared with about a quarter of five-year-olds in England.
Any organisation can pledge to become SUGAR SMART – from councils and schools to restaurants, hospitals and independent companies. Individuals interested in supporting their local campaigns can also join the SUGAR SMART newsletter or sign up as a local volunteer via the website.
Want to get involved? Find our more and sign up to SUGAR SMART.
Tower Hamlets Sugar Smart Campaign for Schools
If you are a school and would like to sign up to the Sugar Smart pledge please download and complete the following pledge form. When completed please email this to The Healthy Lives Team at Sultanax.firstname.lastname@example.org.
TH Sugar Smart PLEDGE FORM – Dec19 (Word doc)
TH Sugar Smart RESOURCES LIST – Dec19 (Word doc)
TH Sugar Smart CONCLUSION FORM – Feb19 (Word doc)
Tower Hamlets Sugar Smart resources
Posted on Thursday 17th May 2018