Families in Knowsley are being encouraged to improve their children’s diet with the help of a new campaign promoting healthier snacks.
Children are eating nearly three times the recommended amount of sugar and surprisingly, half the sugar they consume comes from snacks and sugary drinks, according to new research by Public Health England.
Each year children are consuming almost 400 biscuits; more than 120 cakes, buns and pastries; around 100 portions of sweets; nearly 70 of both chocolate bars and ice creams; washed down with over 150 juice drink pouches and cans of fizzy drink.
On average, children are consuming at least three unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day, with around a third consuming four or more. The overall result is that children consume three times more sugar than is recommended.
The new Change4Life campaign encourages parents to “Look for 100 calorie snacks, 2 a day max” to help them purchase healthier snacks than the ones they are currently.
An updated Change4Life ‘Food Scanner’ app is also available which shows just how much sugar, saturated fat and salt can be found in everyday snacks, food and drink that children consume.
Change4Life is coming to Knowsley
As part of the campaign the Change4Life roadshow will visit Knowsley on Thursday 25 January 2018.
The team will visit Prescot Tesco Extra talking to shoppers and answering any questions they may have about making healthier food choices as well as helping people with any issues they may experience downloading the app and scanning products.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services, said:
“Our children might seem fine on the outside but eating too much sugar can lead to harmful fat building up inside and serious health problems. It can also lead to painful tooth decay.
“The Change4Life campaign’s new simple tip ‘look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max!’ will I’m sure be helpful for busy families on the go.
“I’d also urge everyone to download the app and use it when buying snacks for your children, you’ll probably be quite shocked by the levels of sugar, saturated fat and salt that can be found in the products you often buy. It can help you choose a healthier alternative for your children to enjoy.”
Want to find out more?
The Change4Life ‘Food Scanner’ app is available to download free from the iTunes store or Google Play to help you make healthier choices or visit the Change4Life website for tips on healthier snacking.