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, so switching to a low sugar intake diet is of the utmost importance.
The good news is, there are lots of things your school can do to reduce your children’s sugar intake. 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