In Sheffield, almost 1 in 4 children are overweight or obese when they start school and almost 1 in 3 of our 5-year-olds have tooth decay. As well as missing days off school through hospital admissions for teeth extractions due to dental decay, we know poor diet affects children’s behaviour, concentration and ability to learn.

The good news is, there are lots of things your school can do to reduce sugar. If you’re a local primary or secondary school teacher, here are a few ideas.

We have partnered with Eat Smart Sheffield, who are working with primary and secondary schools across the city to encourage and support pupils, their families and the wider community to adopt healthier eating habits.

To help your school get involved, check out: www.learnsheffield.co.uk/eatsmartsheffield

  • Why Pledge?

    Download our certificates to record and reward pupil’s progress in learning about sugar and how to reduce their intake.

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    Write a letter to parents to ask them to download the Change4Life app and set homework that encourages children to use it.

  • Why Pledge?

    Create activity sheets to help pupils identify high sugar foods and drinks with ideas for healthy swaps.

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    Download our sample lesson plan about the biggest culprits for too much sugar and get ideas to bring your lesson to life.

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    Have water readily available and make recommendations to parents about healthy choices for lunch boxes.
  • Why Pledge?

    Ask the pupils to design and deliver an assembly that explains what the school can do to keep help Sheffield eat less sugar.