Amsterdam’s solution to the obesity crisis

18 April 2017

Amsterdam’s quest to combat obesity is getting results and we could learn from the tough position on sponsorship.

From 2012-2015 the number of overweight and obese children has dropped by 12%. Many of the measures implemented will be familiar to health campaigners but the City has also tackled big business by refusing sponsorship to events taking money from Coca-Cola and McDonalds and even persuading McDonalds branches situated close to schools to only serve apples to unaccompanied children - no fries allowed!  You can read more - including interesting findings on the importance of sleep - in this article from The Guardian.

In other news ...

Study reveals lunch meal deals are packed full of sugar

31 October 2017

New findings from Action on Sugar have revealed certain lunchtime meal deals sold by supermarkets and retailers contain more than four times an adult’s daily maximum intake sugar.

Example menus for early years settings

13 November 2017

A series of example menus and guidance have been published today to support healthier food provision in early years settings in line with current government dietary recommendations.

Healthy Pupils Capital Fund

7 November 2017

In case you’ve missed it, the Department for Education has given an update on the much-reduced Healthy Pupils Capital Fund.