Health and Wellbeing

Change4Life hits the road to help Devon families take control of their children’s snacking

Posted on: 11 January 2018

Families in Devon will get tips for healthier snacking when Public Health England’s (PHE) Change4Life roadshow comes to Newton Abbot Tesco on Thursday 18 January.

The Change4Life roadshow, visiting 30 supermarkets and 14 shopping centres nationwide, will encourage parents to “Look for 100 calorie snacks, 2 a day max”.

 This is because half the sugar children consume, currently around 7 sugar cubes a day, comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, leading to obesity and dental decay.

Recent data shows 22.8 percent of 4- to 5-year-olds are overweight or obese in Devon increasing to 29.3 percent in 10 to 11-year-olds.

At the event, families will see live demonstrations of the new Change4Life ‘Food Scanner’ app. The ‘Food Scanner’ app works by scanning the barcode of products and helps bring food labels to life by highlighting the number of calories, as well as how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in everyday food and drinks.

Families will also be shown how to swap to healthier snack options using front of pack ‘traffic light’ labels.

On the day, parents can sign up to Change4Life for additional support and money-off vouchers to help them try healthier snack options.

With selected supermarkets signposting parents to healthier snacks and special offers, including fruit and vegetables, Change4Life is making it easy and simple for the whole family to “Look for 100 calorie snacks, 2 a day max.”

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