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Food Active Supporter Bulletin
February 2017

LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPT THE DECLARATION

We are delighted that Lancashire County Council are the latest local authority to adopt the declaration on healthy weight. As the first two-tier local authority, this is just the start of the process as the council works with lower tier authorities to support and encourage them to consider the declaration at borough level.
 
MORE ABOUT LANCASHIRE'S DECLARATION ON HEALTHY WEIGHT
BLACKPOOL TAKING THE DECLARATION A STEP FURTHER

Building on the Local Authority Declaration which they passed in January 2015, Blackpool Council hosted a Healthy Weight Summit to encourage local organisations to pledge to develop their own declaration on healthy weight. Blackpool are taking a very collaborative approach to improving the health of residents in the town and are planning further events in the months to come.
 
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BLACKPOOL'S HEALTHY WEIGHT SUMMIT
BRIEFING: SOFT DRINKS AND DENTAL HEALTH

In response to a number of information requests we have written a short briefing paper on the risks of diet drinks to dental health. Whilst sugar is the main villain in terms of dental caries, erosion is actually caused by the acid in the drink, therefore both sugary and no sugar soft drinks can cause irreversible damage to teeth. Take home message...stick to water!
 
LINK TO THE BRIEFING - SOFT DRINKS AND DENTAL HEALTH
TAMESIDE PREPARES TO GIVE UP LOVING POP

Tameside Public Health with partners are in the final stage of preparing for a four week GULP challenge across their 15 secondary schools. Following February half term, the Schools For Health team will visit each of the secondary schools and deliver an assembly for all year 9 students on the harms related to sugary drinks. The students will then be challenged to Give Up Loving Pop for four weeks!
 
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TAMESIDE'S GULP CHALLENGE
WHAT IS THE ISSUE WITH PACKED LUNCHES?

Whilst Jamie Oliver's 'turkey twizzler' revolution improved school meals dramatically, packed lunches have been left behind with the times, despite feeding half of all school children every day.

The lack of regulations and standards in packed lunches have resulted in only 1/100 lunches meeting government dietary guidelines for children - with one study finding a child was only sent to school with a chocolate roll, packed of hula hoops and blackcurrant squash.

But why are so many parents sending their children to school with nutritionally unbalanced packed lunches? The latest Food Active blog attempts to understand why.
 
LINK TO THE BLOG POST ON THE FOOD ACTIVE WEBSITE
EUROPEAN HEALTHY STADIA NETWORK CONFERENCE 2017

Robin Ireland, Director of Research at Food Active and Healthy Stadia*, will chair a session featuring the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) at the forthcoming European Healthy Stadia Network Conference, to be held at the iconic Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal F.C. in April 2017. The breakout session will discuss the link between non-communicable diseases, including obesity, and food and drink sponsorship in professional sport.
 
Other themes and speakers on the day include:
  • Alcohol and spectator sports – Institute of Alcohol Studies
  • Healthy catering at sports stadia – Food Active and Loughborough University
  • Men’s health and physical activity interventions – EuroFIT research programme (Glasgow University)
  • Active travel to sports stadia – World Heart Federation and a selection of European Clubs
  • Dementia friendly venues – Amateur Swimming Association
The conference is considered the principal symposium and networking space for professionals involved in the cross-cutting fields of sport, health and community development and will provide public health professionals and commissioners with the opportunity to learn more about health promotion best practices and how professional sports clubs and their community trusts / foundations can facilitate links with hard to reach populations.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE CONFERENCE HUB
*Food Active and Healthy Stadia are part of the Health Equalities Group.
A ROUND-UP OF THE LATEST NEWS
 
France bans sugary drink refills in restaurants and other spaces catering to the public in an effort to reduce obesity.

A new study by Action on Sugar has revealed that manufacturers continue to ladle our favourite cereals with unnecessary amounts of sugar.

Obesity Health Alliance object to the Cadbury’s three-year deal with the Premier League with a letter pubished in the Times.

Last month, the Department of Health released a number of case studies from across the country to demonstrate the progress being made towards reducing childhood obesity.

Public Health England's local authority profile tool for NCMP data shows that in the North West, the prevalence of obesity in both reception and year 6 children has increased and is above the national average.
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Half of all hospitals have failed to meet the key improvements flagged by the Health Minister two and a half years ago. Critics state this is another example of why voluntary pledges do not have any impact.

The State of the Child Report 2017 highlights the unfair and unjust gap between the rich and the poor, with almost one in five children in the UK living in poverty, and as a result experiencing much worse health compared with the most affluent.

Sales of cooking sauces have dropped £30 million in a year after the makers of Dolmio warned that the product was so sugary and salty it should only be eaten once a week.

Study shows that weight loss in individuals at high risk of diabetes is an effective prevention method with considerable potential for a whole population strategy.

Brands such as KitKat, Mars bar and Dairy Milk have come up with a sweet trick to meet government targets for reducing sugar in their products. Make them smaller.

The Government have announced their plans to reinvest the money raised by the soft drinks industry levy into schools to improve sports facilities and physical education.
AFN NUTRITION NORTH WEST STUDY DAY

Food Active attended the AfN North West study day 'The Psychology of Food' held at Liverpool John Moores University on Saturday 11th February. Delegates were from a wide range of nutrition and public health related backgrounds.

There were a number of interesting talks, including University of Liverpool's Dr Emma Boyland, highlighting the influence of food and beverage marketing on children's eating behaviours and a fascinating discussion from Dr Fred Pender of Edinburgh University, on the reasons why many believe diets can in fact hinder weight loss rather than help, from a dietetics perspective.
TWEET OF THE MONTH
 

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KNOWLEDGE SHARE
 
Do you know of any schools who have successfully banned sugary drinks? If you do please get in touch by emailing alexandra.holt@hegroup.org.uk.
EVENTS

19/04/2017. Obesity: Tipping Back the Scales of the Nation. The Studio, Manchester.
27/04/2017. European Healthy Stadia Conference. Arsenal Football Club.
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