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SUGAR SMART COMES TO BEXLEY

The National Sugar Smart campaign went to Bexley and its arrival was marked by a special launch event that included schools, voluntary organisations, food businesses and a talk from Jo Ralling, Campaign Director for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

Sugar Smart has been designed to encourage us all to reduce the intake of sugar and tackle rising levels of obesity. During the event Ms Ralling presented the story of Sugar Smart and its future.

The launch also involved an interactive quiz on the amount of sugar in commonly consumed food and drink. Attendees also had the opportunity to make their Sugar Smart pledge.

Bexley is the third London Borough to declare its commitment to becoming a Sugar Smart borough. Bexley’s Chief Executive Gill Steward received the Sugar Smart Tray from Greenwich last month (17 January) symbolising the passing of the ‘baton’. Bexley will then pass the Tray on to the next Sugar Smart borough.

Students and teachers from Cleeve Park School, Bedonwell Federation Infant and Nursery, West Lodge School, Belvedere Junior, Danson Primary, Fosters Primary and Old Bexley CE Primary Schools joined the launch that took place at Crayford Manor House.

The Sugar Smart pledges and activities will be showcased at the Great Weight Debate event that will take place on Wednesday 26 April 2017. Bexley is taking part in London's Great Weight Debate to look at ways to tackle the capital's growing obesity problem find out more at www.bexley.gov.uk/greatweightdebate

Sugar Smart will be an on-going campaign and it is hoped that more schools, organisations and food businesses will commit to reducing sugar intake.