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Sugar Smart Enfield Celebrates Its 1st Year

By Dean Vale

Sugar Smart Enfield celebrates its first year tackling excess sugar consumption at Enfield Town FC’s home match against Lewes FC on Saturday.

A range of health and well-being providers will be joining the players and supporters to encourage people to eat better, move more and stop smoking.

We are expecting the Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield, Cllr. Saray Karakus and Yasmin Brett, the Cabinet Member of Public Health to be in attendance The Mayor will meet the team out on the pitch ahead of the game. We are also expecting representatives from the following organisations at the game:

  • Sugar Smart Enfield
  • Health Trainers (Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Weight Management)
  • Everyone Health (Stop Smoking Service)
  • Enfield Catering (School Meals)
  • Fusion

It is estimated that 60 % of Enfield’s adult population and 42% of 11-year-olds in the borough are either obese or overweight. Enfield Council is committed to tackling this health issue in the borough and are encouraging more organisations to join up with the campaign.

The campaign has already achieved a lot in its first year. This has included:

  • Reducing sugar content in school meals by 25%
  • Delivering Eat Better, Start Better training to child carers
  • Supporting many childcare settings to achieve the Healthy Early Years London award, a scheme by the Mayor of London to help reduce health inequalities.
  • As part of the campaign across Enfield there are now 56 organisations involved – including Enfield Town FC - all of which are already working towards becoming Sugar Smart.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health, Cllr Yasemin Brett, said: “I’m very proud of Enfield’s achievements over the past year to promote healthier, lower sugar alternatives and help make the borough healthier. Over-consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar is a major contributor to the health crisis, especially childhood obesity".

Getting Involved with Sugar Smart
For more information, or if you are an organisation and would like to help the community consume less sugar, contact Antoinese.Akuffo@enfield.gov.uk or visit www.enfield.gov.uk/sugarsmart

Updated 10:53 - 3 Jan 2019 by Dean Vale

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