Have you considered reducing sugar intake for a balanced diet and healthier teeth and gums? Sugar Smart is a branch of Sustain, which campaigns for a healthy and sustainable food system by working on areas such as: sustainable farming, climate emergency, a national food strategy and local action. The Sugar Smart campaign aims to help local authorities, workplaces, organisation and individuals reduce the amount of sugar they consume.

Blackburn with Darwen have launched a Sugar Smart campaign in partnership the BwD Food Resilience Alliance. We aim to help residents of Blackburn with Darwen improve their overall health and wellbeing by reducing their sugar intake.

Reducing Sugar Intake: Benefits

Reducing sugar intake is a key part of healthy eating. Although it is delicious, sugar has a range of negative impacts on our health. Unfortunately, sugar is in so many of the foods and drinks we consume on a daily basis, especially processed foods. By reducing sugar intake, we can:

  • Reduce childhood obesity
  • Decrease tooth decay and ensure health teeth and gums
  • Increase life expectancy
  • Achieve a balanced diet
  • Reduce the likelihood of diseases such as type-2 diabetes and heart disease

The Healthier Families initiative from NHS Better Health provides a range of useful resources and tools that can be used when reducing sugar intake. These include sugar swaps, how to cut down sugar, what added sugar is and a link to the NHS Food Scanner app. 

For more information, click here.

reducing sugar intake with Sugar Smart in Blackburn with Darwen

Reducing Sugar Intake In Blackburn with Darwen

Businesses, schools, retailers and healthcare organisations in Blackburn with Darwen can all pledge to be Sugar Smart by making small yet conscious changes. Examples include: sugar-free checkouts, improved vending options and no price promotions on fizzy drinks or sugary snacks. With these small changes, we can help children, adults and families improve their health and achieve healthier teeth and gums.

To make a pledge, please fill in the Food Map form and click the Sugar Smart Places category. To see all our Recipe 4 Health Award Winners, click here.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust are promoting healthier, low sugar food across their sites. Their successful case studies are available to read and might inspire you to pledge to become sugar smart!

Visit the Sugar Smart website here

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