Lucy is supporting Public Health England's new campaign, launched earlier this month, to help improve the health and diet of children across the UK. The new Change4Life scheme is aimed at helping families cut down on their sugar intake by encouraging them to make simple changes, or swaps, at key occasions in the day.
In Manchester, in 2011/12, 11.2% of reception-age children were classified as obese. The proportion of children in Year 6 classified as obese was over twice as high, at 23.6%. This suggests many children become obese during Primary School and therefore it’s more important than ever that we keep track of the amount of sugar our children are eating.
Speaking of the campaign, Lucy said, “Manchester rates of childhood obesity are consistently higher than North West and national rates and I support the Sugar Swaps scheme to help improve children’s diets.”
The campaign is running until March and you can sign up online for a free pack here.
The packs are filled with hints, tips and recipe suggestions designed to help parents cut down the sugary foods and drinks consumed by their children, plus money-off vouchers, swap cards and stickers.
If you’d like to find out more about the campaign and how you can reduce your family’s sugar intake, visit https://sugarswaps.change4life.co.uk/