Friday, January 12, 2018

Here’s the first big story of the year from Public Health England and Change4Life.

Change4Life have launched a suite of new resources for primary schools to help inform pupils and families about healthier snacking choices. The resources are available here and include: 

  • A new School Council Toolkit, helping pupils to champion healthier snacking and share their knowledge
  • The Healthier Snacking Show, a curriculum-linked game show presentation that can be delivered in either a classroom setting or performed as a whole-school assembly

To help schools send the message home, 3.6 million Family Snack Challenge leaflets are being distributed to more than 16,500 primary schools via the School Fruit and Veg Scheme.

The resources are being made available following the launch of a consumer campaign . The consumer and education campaigns are supported by research that underlines the importance of educating young people to identify healthier snacks, interpret food labels and understand the effect of high sugar content:

  • Half the sugar children consume comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks
  • On average, children are consuming at least 3 unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day, with around a third consuming 4 or more
  • Children in England currently consume three times more sugar than is recommended