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Supermarkets ban the sale of energy drinks to under 16s
Transport for the North Transport Plan - Food Active response
New Local Government Association dental health report
GULP Campaigns launched in Salford and Rochdale
Guest Blogs from Town and Countryside Planning Association and Obesity Awareness Week

Supermarkets ban the sale of energy drinks to under 16's

Waitrose, Sainsburys, ASDA, Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Co-op and Morrisons become the latest supermarkets to ban the sale of energy drinks to under 16s, amid concerns they can have multiple negative effects on children's health. The calls come after a twitter campaign #NotForChildren, spearheaded by research published by FUSE in December and campaign groups such as Jamie's Food Revolution and Action on Sugar, calling on the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to introduce a nationwide, legislated ban on the sale of energy drinks to children. 

Transport for the North - Food Active Response

Earlier this month, Transport for the North published a draft of their Strategic Transport Plan, to undergo public consultation. We are disappointed to see that active travel options are scarcely mentioned in plans to create a 'sustainable transport network across the North which supports an excellent quality of life'.  

170 operations a day to remove rotten teeth in children, new report finds

A new report from the Local Government Association (LGA) has found that on average 170 children and young people a day are undergoing operations to remove rotten teeth, with the NHS footing a bill of £36.2 million. 

The report also indicates a 17% increase in the number of children visiting hospital for tooth extractions from 2012/13 and campaigners are naming excessive consumption of sugar as a key contributor. The LGA are calling on the Government to implement measures to reduce sugar intake, specifically the consumption of soft drinks - even more cause to #GiveUpLovingPop!
Give Up Loving Pop Campaigns

#GULPChallenge launched in Primary Schools in Rochdale

Earlier this month, Rochdale Borough Council launched their #GULPChallenge in two primary schools within the borough, alongside their Healthy Heroes Campaign. Year 4's, parents and staff were invited to join the Healthy Heroes by giving up sugary drinks for 21 days following a launch assembly and GULP PSHE lessons, delivered by the Link4Life team. 

A further two primary schools will be taking part in the challenge later this year, during the Summer term. 

Read the press release here.
Year 8's in Salford Secondary School take on the #GULPChallenge

Salford City Council also launched their 21 day #GULPChallenge to Year 8's at St Patricks RC High School this January. The pupils have taken part in a school assembly, delivered by GULP, and KS3 GULP sessions were incorporated into science lessons before the launch of the challenge. 

Both campaigns are heading into their second week of the challenge and at the end of the three weeks, we will be asking the pupils a number of questions to measure any change in behaviours and attitudes following the campaign. 

Read the Salford press release here.
Latest News

ELHT signs NHS Healthy Weight Declaration

Congratulations to East Lancashire Hospital Trust for signing their NHS-style Healthy Weight Declaration, in accordance Lancashire County Council’s and Blackburn with Darwen Council’s Local Government Declaration on Healthy Weight developed by Food Active. 
      Read more on this story here

Sale of sugary drinks banned in NHS Hospitals

The NHS have updated contracts for hospitals, which for the first time included a clause prohibiting the sale of sugar sweetened beverages. Also in the news, a hospital in Tameside becomes the first hospital to ban the sale of sugary drinks, in a bid to tackle obesity in the workforce. 
      Real the full news story here

Carlisle Council vote against Coca-Cola visit

Carlisle Council have voted against inviting the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck back to Cumbria in 2018, in a motion of 22-28. The debate comes after Director of Public Health, Colin Cox, signed an open letter to Coca-Cola last Christmas and stated it was 'not welcome in Cumbria' due to the increasing levels of childhood obesity in the region. 

Coca-Cola responds to the Soft Drinks Industry Levy

Coca-Cola has refused to reformulate its Classic Coca-Cola (containing 35g added sugars per 330ml can) ahead of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy, introduced in April this year. Unlike many other soft drink brands, Coca-Cola has opted to offset costs and reduce package sizes, as opposed to reformulating the product to contain less sugar. 

Significant rise in fast food outlets near schools

The number of fast food outlets within five minutes’ walk of a school gate has increased by 67% in the last eight years, according to a new study from The Times. Figures show that the North West has seen the 3rd largest rise, with a 62% increase in the number of fast food outlets opening within a five minute walk from schools between 2009-2017. These appalling statistics are fuelling the childhood obesity crisis and indicate that much more must be done from town planning perspectives to protect children from exposure to unhealthy foods.

UK has the worst diet in Europe, study shows

The UK consumes the largest amount of 'ultra-processed' foods (i.e. crisps, chicken nuggets and ready meals) in Europe, according to a new study. These types of foods contribute to over half of our daily food intake - 5 times greater than Portugal and nearly 4 times greater than France, Greece and Italy. These findings have several implications on health and given these shocking statistics, it is no coincidence that over two thirds of adults and one third of primary school aged children are overweight or obese in the country.

New Cities wanted for Bike Life Assessment

Inspired by the Copenhagen Bicycle Account, Bike Life is an assessment of city cycling development, including infrastructure, travel behaviours, resident views, and the impact of cycling. Sustrans, the organisation delivering the scheme, are looking to recruit three more cities to join the project and invite local authorities to apply. Applications close 28th February 2018. 

Registration now open for The Big Pedal 2018

Sustrans have opened registration for this year's Big Pedal event - aiming to inspire pupils, staff and parents to cycle or scoot their way to school. Over the 10 days, primary and secondary schools will compete with one another to make the most journeys by bike or scooter. The event will help families to lead more active lives and use more sustainable modes of transport. 

New child obesity map and severe obesity measure

PHE has published a childhood obesity map, representing the prevalence of obesity in primary school pupils across the country. The data shows a clear link between levels of deprivation and obesity: for example, in the poorest areas, children are almost four times as likely to be classed as severely obese. Also published earlier this month in the NCMP is a new severe obesity measure, indicating children at a serious threat of developing several health complications.

Junk food marketing: a risk factor for unhealthy eating

New research from Cancer Research UK has revealed that exposure to food and drink marketing on TV and streaming websites (such as iPlayer) is a significant risk factor for unhealthy food consumption patterns in teenagers. The research builds on the growing evidence base linking exposure to junk food marketing with poor health outcomes in children and young people, to strengthen the calls for the 9pm watershed. 
Guest Blogs

National Obesity Awareness Week

Our new volunteer, Magdalena Muc, discusses the environmental determinants of obesity in her first blog for Food Active and to mark National Obesity Awareness Week.

Read Magdalena's blog here

How the planning system can help the obesity crisis

Michael Chang from the Town and Country Planning Association, discusses the role of the planning system in solving the obesity crisis in a guest blog for Food Active. 

Read Michael's guest blog here

In Other News...

Obesity, Health and Diet:
Change4Life launches new campaign, targeting unhealthy snacking habits in children '100 calorie snacks, 2 a day max'
Action on Sugar calls for a ban on 'sharing bag' price promotions and 20% tax on confectionery, following new research
Unhealthy food will be confiscated from pupils, a school in Kent has announced
Two thirds of Scots are worried about their weight and would back a ban on junk food offers, study finds
PHE demands 'calorie caps' on supermarket processed foods
Food Foundation launches #VegPower campaign, to encourage children to eat more veg through investments in advertisements
Overwhelming evidence for adding folic acid to flour, to prevent neural tube defects in unborn babies.  

Junk Food Marketing:
Dan Parker, former advertising executive, reveals junk food marketing pushing tactics by 'big-food' companies
Irn Bru reformulates classic recipe for sugary drink, ahead of the soft drinks industry levy in April
Dominoes credits 25% surge in sales to advertising on family viewing show The X-Factor

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages:
Sugar tax in Seattle comes into effect
Free water refill stations to be introduced to cut down on plastic waste, could have positive implications on consumption of bottled sugary drinks in population. 
Coca-Cola launches 3 new products as it looks for a way to beat the Soft Drinks Industry Levy

Active Travel:
Liverpool City Council launch new #arrivehappy campaign, encouraging commuters to walk and cycle to work
Mayor of London announces six new cycle routes, to cope with increasing number of cyclists in the capital
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