Complete the online consultation by 15th January 2018.
Why sugar?Many of us are consuming too much sugar, and this is increasing levels of tooth decay, obesity and Type 2 diabetes. The recommended daily intake of free sugar* is a maximum of 7 teaspoons for adults and 5-6 teaspoons for children. *Free Sugar is sugar added to food by the manufacturer or at home, as well as sugar naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices. It does not include sugar naturally present in milk, whole fruit and vegetables. One soft drink may be two to three times this amount – a 330ml can of soft drink may contain 9 teaspoons of sugar and a 500ml bottle of soft drink may contain 13 teaspoons of sugar. In the UK, children are having three times as much sugar a day as the recommended amount. Adults are having twice as much. In Oxford, a third of children have tooth decay (worse than the national average). A third of Year 6 children are overweight. And half of adults are overweight. We need to make it easier for people to choose healthy options, starting with sugar! We’ve teamed up with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Sustain and Sustainable Food Cities and are working in partnership across the city to look at what we can all do at home, in schools, in work and in shops, restaurants, cafés, vending machines and takeaways. online consultation by 15th January 2018 – it will only take 5 minutes. The survey results will be used to shape the next phase of activity all around Oxford.
Information for businessesCould your café, canteen, restaurant, takeaway, vending machine or workplace be more SUGAR SMART? The focus of the campaign is sugary drinks but any healthy initiatives are really welcome. The business commitments we are proposing:
- Make tap water more prominently available
- Lower the proportion of sugary drinks on offer
- Greater visibility of healthy drinks options
- Traffic light system on drinks menus/shelves
- 10p “sugar tax” on sugary drinks to go to a children’s health charity