Get Sugar Smart

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A new campaign has just launched in Bristol helping local people to become more Sugar Smart.

Bristol City Council has teamed up with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and other local organisations, including the Bristol Sport Foundation and the University West of England (UWE Bristol).

The new programme, led by the council’s public health team, will help people to spot hidden sugars in food and drink.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Rising obesity levels and dental problems are two major contributing factors to health inequalities in Bristol and we know that eating too much sugar plays a major role in this. Throughout the year we’re going to be partnering with a wide range of different organisations as we can make a greater impact by working together… “

A Knowle West organisation already involved is the Square Food Foundation based at The Park which teaches people from all walks of life to cook from scratch.

Information will be going to the city’s GP surgeries, dentists and children’s centres this month.

The Sugar Smart programme will focus at first on reducing sugar consumption in schools; promoting healthy vending choices and Sugar Smart workplaces as well as a food award for restaurants and takeaways who commit to making positive changes.

Bristol City Council’s Public Health team is hoping local businesses , especially shops will support the campaign. Any businesses keen to get involved should email: sugarsmart@bristol.gov.uk

For more information about the campaign visit: http://www.bristol.gov.uk/web/live-well-bristol/sugar-smart