Get Sugar Smart
From cola and chocolate to ketchup and soup, it’s not always easy to tell if our diet is high in sugar. There can be a lot of sugar in everyday food and drinks.
Research shows that children and adults in the UK are having two to three times the recommended amount of sugar. You may know that eating too much sugar can make you gain weight and cause painful tooth decay.
What you may not know, however, is that in the long term, it can also cause harmful fat to build up around organs and lead to serious health conditions, such as heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes.
Being Sugar Smart means being aware of how much sugar is in your diet and taking steps to cut it down, which might include:
- checking front of pack labels to help you pick items with less added sugar
- making healthy swaps, such as switching sugary drinks for sugar free, diet or no added sugar drinks instead – water is best!
- reducing the amount of sugar you use in your recipes
Sugar Smart Greenwich – cutting down on sugar as a borough
TV Chef Jamie Oliver is behind the national movement to reduce the amount of sugar in modern diets. Sugar Smart Greenwich taps into the national campaign to bring the Sugar Smart message to local audiences.
Sugar Smart Greenwich supports local organisations, businesses, schools, children’s centres and leisure centres amongst others, to make pledges to limit unhealthy options and promote healthier, lower sugar alternatives.
Simple pledges relate to food, drink and advertising and might include:
- removing junk food from your checkouts or swapping biscuits for fruit at meetings
- actively promoting free drinking water
- removing all adverts for products high in sugar, wherever possible
- delivering workshops or presenting displays on sugar content in drinks
Since its launch in January 2017, 28 local organisations have joined the campaign, including 10 Greenwich Schools, University of Greenwich’s caterer BaxterStorey, Charlton Athletic Football Club and The Greenwich Alliance for Voluntary Services (GAVS).
Sign up to be Sugar Smart
The campaign not only recognises premises that already promote healthier alternatives, it also supports those who want to become Sugar Smart. By joining the campaign and pledging to make some simple changes to what you offer, you can motivate change by helping local people and your community to get ‘Sugar Smart’.