The New Children’s Health Campaign ‘Ways to encourage children to cut down on sugar’

As support teachers, the health of our students is always of a high priority, which is why it comes as no surprise that as of the last few months, schools across the country are encouraging parents to reduce their children’s sugar intake through their school lunches.

sugar rbThe ‘Change4Life’ campaign provides helpful tips for both teachers and parents in order to encourage their children to eat less sugary snacks, including ‘swapping’ various sweet treats for healthier alternatives.

These can be anything from swapping ice cream to yoghurt to substituting sweets with more natural sugars such as a piece of fruit or a cereal bar.

When it comes to sugar, it is estimated that children should be getting around 10% of their daily calorie intake from sugar; however in today’s ‘preserved food’ society the reality is that they are consuming a lot more.

Swapping sugary treats with healthier treats will help provide children with more energy, natural sugars and sugar free drinks which can reduce heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes, which can be prevalent in later life.

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