Change4Life are back to encourage parents to consider sugar swaps for their children’s mealtimes and snacks

Change4Life are back to encourage parents to consider sugar swaps for their children’s mealtimes and snacks

From the end of  August 2019, Change4Life will be building on the success of the sugar swaps campaign they started earlier this year to encourage parents to reduce their children’s sugar intake by swapping to healthier food and drink options.

Children in England are having around 2,800 sugar cubes more than they should each year, more than double the maximum recommended amount.

Too much sugar is bad for children’s health as it can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we can’t see. This fat can cause weight gain and serious diseases like type 2 diabetes, which people are getting younger than ever before, and heart disease and some cancers. Too much sugar can also cause painful tooth decay and most of the sugar children are having comes from sugary drinks, confectionery, biscuits, cakes, desserts, higher-sugar breakfast cereals and higher-sugar yoghurts.

Going back to school is the perfect time to cut down by making one or two simple swaps to lower sugar cereals, yoghurts, drinks and snacks during key moments of the school day; at breakfast, in lunch boxes and after school.

Supermarkets are supporting the campaign by highlighting healthier options and many will be using a new Change4Life ‘good choice’ badge in-store as well as supporting it with their own message. You can also download the free Change4Life ‘Food Scanner’ app which brings food labels to life and can be downloaded from the App store or Google Play and has already been used by more than 4 million people to scan millions of products.

For more information, and to find out how to get your kids involved, visit the Change4Life website where they have plenty of fun activities and recipe ideas.

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