Family food detectives get sugar smart


Release date: 7 April 2017

Photo caption: Winner Oliver Page-Berelian with his family at Southbourne Library.

Families across West Sussex have been using their detective skills to discover the amount of sugar, saturated fat and salt found in everyday food and drink.

This Spring nearly 1,300 people entered the Be Food Smart Challenge at libraries across the county, which supported the new national Be Food Smart campaign, part of Change4Life, and part of the West Sussex Sugar Reduction programme.

Twelve winners have been announced from libraries at Lancing, Southbourne, Billingshurst, Crawley, Southwater, Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Durrington, Willowhale, Witterings, Haywards Heath and Goring.

Children with a healthier diet are happier and better able to concentrate in school.

Childhood obesity is a serious concern with figures showing that in West Sussex over a fifth of children in Reception (22.1%) and over a third of children in Year 6 (34.2%) were classified as above a healthy weight in 2015/16.

The West Sussex Sugar Reduction Programme led by the County Council, won a national Public Health England award.

West Sussex families are being encouraged to download the free Be Food Smart app from iTunes or Google Play. The app enables users to scan the barcode of products to reveal total sugar, saturated fat and salt.

To find out more about Change4Life click here or for Easter library activities please click here.

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