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This month's highlights... 

Covid-19 and Children's Food: Parents' Priorities for Building Back Better
APPG Fit and Healthy Childhood Reports call on shake up of the food system
Food Active responds to the Comprehensive Spending Review
Blogs: Cadbury's new LFC deal and Car Free Day
Roundup of the latest news, resources, events and more...

Covid-19 and Children's Food: parents' priorities for Building Back Better

This month we published results from +750 parents across the UK, as part of our latest parents' jury with the Children's Food Campaign - this time, exploring how children's food changed during the lockdown period and what parents' priorities are as children return back to school. 
Read the full briefing here

New APPG Fit and Healthy Childhood Reports - "a wake-up call for our food systems"

We are delighted to have contributed to the latest reports from the All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood. Emerging Dietary Patterns: Impact on Child Health’ and ‘In the Wake of a Pandemic highlight the links between how we produce our food and how it's effects on the environment and human health have been highlighted by Covid-19.
Check out the reports here

Food Active responds to the Comprehensive Spending Review

This month we submitted our response to the Comprehensive Spending Review, which makes the case for increased and sustainable funding for public health and extending the Soft Drinks Industry Levy. We were also one of over 55 organisations who signed a letter coordinated by Cancer Research UK, to reinforce calls for local public health funding.   
Read our full response here
Latest News

Audit office supports local action on obesity 

The National Audit Office published a report on childhood obesity this month to examine the Government's approach and progress. The report concluded progress to meet the 50% reduction in childhood obesity by 2030 target is off track, and made a series of recommendations that support local government action on addressing obesity. 

The Broken Plate 2020 Report

A new report from the Food Foundation published this month identifies ten signs that show the UK’s food system has led the country into a national health crisis, with children and households on low incomes suffering the severest health consequences, and the remedies we must pursue.  

Read the report here

Marcus Rashford launches food poverty taskforce

After forcing a government U-turn on summer holiday school meal vouchers, Marcus Rashford has now launched a new child food poverty taskforce featuring some of the UK's biggest food retailers such as Tesco, Asda and FareShare. The taskforce is calling for three policy changes - recommended by the National Food Strategy - to be funded by the government as soon as possible.

Ask your MP to support the School Breakfast Bill 

6 children in every class of 30 are at risk of starting the day too hungry to learn. The School Breakfast Bill will provide disadvantaged schools with the support they require to provide a free school breakfast to children at risk of hunger. Magic Breakfast are asking for your support by writing to your MP to ask them to support the Bill when it is presented in Parliament next month. 

Act Now to #SaveOurStandards

Jamie Oliver is leading a new campaign '#SaveOurStandards', urging the Government not to open the floodgates to low-quality food imports under post-Brexit trade deals. Oliver has gained the support of many celebrity chefs and is encouraging the public to write to their MP to raise their concerns about the potential impact of low quality food on children's health. 

Health leaders warn PM over PHE axing 

We are one of more than 70 organisations who have written to the prime minister Boris Johnson this month, with concerns about the future of health improvement following the decision to axe Public Health England. Collectively we are concerned this will damage the fight against public health issues including obesity, alcohol, tobacco and substance misuse. 
Blogs

Blog: Cadbury teams up with LFC in new deal

We teamed up with our sister organisation Healthy Stadia to explore Cadbury's new sponsorship deal with Liverpool FC (meaning they now have deals with all the 'Big Six' clubs) and the impact this may have on public health. 

Guest Blog: Active travel opportunities post-Covid

In our latest guest blog, we hear from Nick Brelsford, Head of Partnerships at Sustrans North, to discuss the opportunities for active travel the Covid-19 pandemic has created, to mark this year’s Car Free Day (22nd September).
In Other News
Healthy Weight
How junk food brands exploited the Covid-19 pandemic
Increase in children living in food insecure households
Iceland offers free fruit and veg as part of Child Food Poverty Taskforce
Study: Barriers to implementing healthier food outlets locally
Study: Modern diets and ultra-processed food causing chronic disease
20% calorie reduction targets announced by Public Health England
Domino's delivers 5,000 new jobs after surge in sales
Write to your MP to protect and prioritise children's health
Action on Sugar reveal misleading health claims on sugary fruit snacks
 
Junk Food Marketing
Protecting children from harmful advertising online
Unhealthy commodities and the English Premier League
How Burger King sponsorship led to Fifa game popularity
Session preview: Digital food marketing to youth
US State to ban unhealthy food and drink at the checkout

Sugar Sweetened Drinks
Americans cutting back on sugary drinks, study suggests
Sugar tax revenue in Ireland doubles in year two

Active Travel and Physical Activity
Back in the saddle: Britain's new love affair with cycling
Study: Low traffic neighbourhoods, car use and active travel
Strava reveal UK's active travel boom

Blogs, Opinions and Editorials
  • Beyond the pandemic - what should we do? #5 Rethink the menu and how much it costs. Dr Jean Adams. 
  • Free trade in exchange for child health - a fair deal? Orla Delagry
  • Willpower and exercise not enough to tackle childhood obesity: Jacob West
  • Come dine with me! School mealtime and social learning - Gurpinder Lalli
  • The rise of ultra-processed foods and why they are bad for our health: Phillip Baker, Mark Lawrence and Priscila Machado
  • How do diet's need to change to meet climate change targets? Carbon Brief
  • Defining 'healthy' food advertising ahead of the 9pm watershed: Katharine Jenner
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How did #Covid19 ‘lockdown life’ affect #ChildrensFood, and what are parents’ priorities as the country attempts to #BuildBackBetter? Check out our NEW briefing published today with @Childrensfood to find out more 👉 bit.ly/33fLhaX pic.twitter.com/YlhmfGYjlg
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