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Sugar Smart Cornwall

Date: 1 Mar 2018

Sugar, tell us what you think about it!

We all know that too much sugar is bad for us, but with busy lives and an abundance of sugary foods for sale in shops, cafés and restaurants, it is sometimes difficult to avoid. SUGAR SMART Cornwall believes that it should be easier to choose healthy food options when you are out and about, and that’s why we will work with different settings across the county to make sure that healthier, low sugar options are available and desirable.

How much sugar is too much?

No more than 5% of our total energy intake should come from sugar. This means different amounts of sugar for different age groups:

And why does sugar matter in Cornwall?

  • In Cornwall a quarter of all reception age children are classified as overweight or obese. This is worse than the national average for England.
  • In Cornwall 68.4% of all adults are classified as overweight or obese, which is worse than the national average for England.
  • From 2015-2016, 598 children aged 0-16 years had teeth removed under general anaesthetic. Sugar plays a key role in tooth decay as it fuels the acid formation by oral bacteria.

What will SUGAR SMART Cornwall do?

SUGAR SMART Cornwall will work with different sectors across the county, to make sure that we take action on sugar in settings that you think are the most important.

But in order to do this we need your views! Take our short survey today to tell us what you think about sugar in Cornwall, and what we should do about it.

Take the survey today at www.cornwall.gov.uk/sugarsmart and tell us what you think about sugar!

Success Story

My name is Tony King and I'm part of the Maintenance Team at YMCA Cornwall.  When I first started working here, I spotted the Cycle to Work Scheme on a poster so I thought I would enquire about it.

It's very easy to set up; you can get up to £1000 which covers the cost of the bike, a lock, helmet and lights.  All you had to do was go to the bike shop and choose your bike.

Since getting my bike, I've now been cycling for the past 18 months from Hayle (to Penzance) which is 11 miles.  I feel fitter, I've lost weight and it has got me into cycling having been cycling in France and Belgium.  Next year I'm going cycling in Holland.

All in all, it's a good scheme and I would highly recommend it.

Casestudy

 “We have learned so much through the Cornwall Workplace Health Award Programme already, and are keen that we pass this learning on to our staff.  With many organisations already represented, we were surprised we haven’t got involved sooner as it’s so aligned to our overall ‘Wellbeing Ambition’ that working for the Environment Agency will improve health and wellbeing”

Steve Marks, Environment Agency

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