Published: 02 Jan 2018
Change4Life has launched a new campaign to help families choose healthier snacks and reduce their children's sugar intake.
Children in England are eating nearly three times the recommended amount of sugar. Too much sugar is bad for their health. Surprisingly, half the sugar they consume comes from snacks and sugary drinks. Eating too much sugar can lead to harmful fat building up inside and serious health problems, including painful tooth decay.
To help you reduce the amount of sugar your children are consuming and choose healthier snacks while shopping, Change4Life is encouraging you to use the new simple tip – 'Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max!'
Primary school age children will receive a leaflet that will be coming home in your child's book bag in early January with healthier snacking ideas and fun activities to learn about healthier snacks together. You can also sign up to the Change4Life website to receive money-off vouchers for healthier snacks and helpful tips and ideas. An updated Change4Life 'Food Scanner' app will also be available to help bring labels to life and show just how much sugar, salt and saturated fat is inside everyday snacks, foods and drinks. Download the free app from the iTunes store or Google Play to help you make healthier choices.
If you have any concerns about your child's weight, contact our local Surrey child weight management service: Alive N Kicking.