19 Mar #SugarSmartShacklewell
We are delighted to be supporting the #SugarSmartHackney campaign. It’s a super collaboration between Hackney Council and The Hackney Food Partnership and aims to reduce excessive sugar consumption in the borough. This involves working with schools, early years, workplaces, community groups, leisure centres and independent cafes and restaurants to raise awareness and take actions to reduce sugar.
With sugary foods and drinks available everywhere, cheap, and heavily promoted by the food industry, we consume far too much sugar. Some people, particularly children and adolescents consume excessive amounts, many times greater than the maximum intake of 7 teaspoons of sugar for adults and 5-6 teaspoons for children each day and is a major cause of unacceptably high levels of tooth decay and obesity in the borough. One in 7 children in Hackney are already obese by the time they start primary school, rising to 1 in 4 when they leave in Year 6. High consumption of sugary drinks is also linked to increased risk of Type II diabetes.
We will be making pledges at Shacklewell to reduce sugar in our diets – do watch this space to find out how we are doing. Check out the information below to find out how families can get sugar smart too.