Wakefield Council promotes sugar swaps

​Ref: PR 5023
Date: 30/07/2015

Wakefield Council is helping people swap sugary food and drinks for healthier alternatives, with interactive displays at events in the district this summer.

With nearly 70% of adults in the district being above a healthy weight, the Council's sugar swaps campaign is supporting the national Change4Life message to reduce sugar.

Residents are invited to start sugar swapping at roadshows on:
• Sunday 2 August, 11am-3pm at the Wakefield and District Housing fun day at Thornes Park
• Saturday 15 August, 10am-5pm and Sunday 16 August, 10am-4pm at Seaside in the City, Cathedral Precinct, Wakefield

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "Consuming too much sugar can lead to excess weight gain, which in turn increases the risk of diabetes, stroke and certain cancers.

"We need to be particularly aware of too much sugar in children's diets, particularly from sugary drinks. New advice recommends that sugary drinks have no place in a child's daily diet and it is best to swap to water, lower-fat milks or sugar free drinks instead. This will also help reduce the damage to teeth that sipping sugary drinks or eating sugary foods causes.

"We often don't realise how much sugar we are eating but the amounts can quickly add up. So by being aware of how much sugar our families are consuming, you can help make healthier choices that have a positive impact on our health. Visit our interactive displays at events this summer to find out how."

In the Wakefield district 22% of 4-5 year olds are above a healthy weight and on average five year olds have over 1.5 decayed, missing or filled teeth.

Change4Life recommends four simple sugar swaps, tackling different 'sugar occasions' in the day:
• The breakfast swap – change sugary cereal for plain cereal like a whole wheat biscuit cereal
• The drinks swap – change sugary drinks to sugar-free
• The after school swap – swap a chocolate muffin to a fruit teacake
• The pudding swap – change ice cream to a low-fat yoghurt.

More information on sugar swaps can be found at www.nhs.uk/change4life