We want Exeter to become a Sugar Smart City and create a food environment which encourages healthy choices and reduces the promotion of sugary foods.
Join people across the South West and take part in the Sugar Smart September challenge!
The Sugar Smart team often hear from individuals concerned about how much sugar they or their children consume. However it can be so hard to cut down on added sugar, as it is often hidden in foods without us realising, or sugary products are marketed and promoted to us in a way that means we find them very hard to resist.
If this sounds familiar, join us for Sugar Smart September!
We are encouraging people to be smart about their food choices and try to reduce the amount of free sugar eaten during September.
Join the Facebook page for tips and encouragement throughout the month: Facebook Event.
Organisations in Exeter – Make a Sugar Smart Pledge!
We are encouraging organisations to make Sugar Smart pledges to take action on sugar in Exeter. Example pledges include:
- Making tap water freely available
- Reducing promotions on sugary foods
- Increasing the availability of healthy food choices
- Introducing a voluntary sugary drinks tax through the Children’s Health Fund.
Interested in Supporting Sugar Smart Exeter?
Read our community action document to see how you can get involved.
Want to encourage your local organisations to take Sugar Smart action?
Download our advocacy pack here to share with organisations.
This pack contains:
1) Example Advocacy Letter—If there is an organisation you think should take Sugar Smart action, you can use this letter or create your own to encourage them to sign up, along with the two pledge documents included in this pack.
2) ‘Why Pledge’ – Include this with your letter to outline the benefits of making a Sugar Smart pledge.
3) Pledge Commitment—This document gives examples of some of the actions organisations can take to be Sugar Smart. Organisations can fill this out and return to firstname.lastname@example.org or actions can be logged directly at sugarsmartuk.org
Sugar Smart Survey
The results are in from the recent Sugar Smart Exeter survey, where almost 700 Exeter residents had their say about sugar. It shows that the people of Exeter are concerned about their sugar intake, with 64% of respondents saying they would like help to reduce the amount of sugar they eat. For parents, their children’s sugar consumption was also a significant worry.
Respondents were worried about the health risks from excessive sugar consumption, with concerns including the effect of sugar on dental health, behaviour and mood, the risk of type 2 diabetes and, most commonly, the impact of sugar on weight.
Only 6% of respondents were not worried about the effect of sugar on health.
The responses are helping to shape future plans for Sugar Smart Exeter.
When asked about the most important actions that could be taken to help respondents become ‘Sugar Smart’ and make healthier choices easier, top of the wish list was:
1) Healthier food and drinks to be sold in public places including leisure centres and hospitals
2) Food companies and restaurants to reduce the amount of sugar in food and drink
We are listening to what people want and are starting to work together with local leisure centres, hospitals and businesses to take Sugar Smart action.
What is Sugar Smart UK?
Sugar Smart is an ambitious campaign that aims to help towns, cities, counties and boroughs across the UK to raise awareness and reduce consumption of sugar across all age groups. The campaign aims to promote healthy alternatives and remove or reduce unhealthy food and drink, particularly targeting those high in sugar. Experience shows that getting commitments from institutions and businesses can help motivate real change in different settings at a local level and across the country.
The local Sugar Smart model builds on the pioneering work in Brighton who want to become the first Sugar Smart City, as well as Sustain’s work on sustainable fish which has used a similar campaign model working with places in the Sustainable Food Cities network, and getting commitments from institutions and businesses. There are now 6 other cities and 7 London Boroughs keen to run their own SUGAR SMART campaigns. There is even interest from Australia, Canada and Dubai.
We are excited that the SUGAR SMART campaign is poised to roll out and reach thousands more people across the UK.
Want to support the campaign?
We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm from supporters wanting to get involved in the campaign, so we have put together some examples of Sugar Smart action people can help out with.
- Promote awareness of the campaign on social media using #sugarsmartexeter
- Advocate for Sugar Smart action and encourage organisations to pledge
- Take part in public events
- Become a Sugar Smart ambassador
Email us at email@example.com if you would like to get involved!
Together we can make a real difference!
Jamie Oliver Helps Exeter Become Sugar Smart
Co-ordinators and Supporters of Sugar Smart Exeter:
Exeter Health and Wellbeing Board
Exeter Food Network
Exeter City Council
Public Health, Devon County Council
University of Exeter
Exeter City Football Club
Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club
Westbank Healthy Living Centre
Life Dental and Wellbeing
South West Association for Nutrition Registrants
Launch Event – 23rd January
The launch event was held on 23rd January. Here are some pictures from the event.