Without realising it, we are all eating too much sugar, saturated fat and salt. The Change4Life ‘Be Food Smart’ campaign brings food labels to life, enabling families to make healthier food and drink choices. Childhood obesity is a growing issue with figures showing that locally, more than one in four children aged four to five years old and more than one in three children aged 10 to 11 years old are overweight or obese.
Our kids might seem fine on the outside but too much sugar and saturated fat can lead to the build up of harmful fat on the inside that we can’t see. This fat around their vital organs can cause weight gain and serious diseases in the future, like heart disease, type two diabetes, or even some cancers. Over time, eating too much salt can also raise our blood pressure putting us at risk of heart disease and stroke.
The campaign is here to help families make healthier choices detailing a range of ways it works. If you have a primary school age child, they will bring home a free Be Food Smart pack and we have free events where you can learn about the campaign, healthy eating alternatives and a new free app which quickly shows you exactly what’s in your food.
Come to the Asda store, Hessle Road, Hull on Saturday 21 January, 9am - 5pm to meet the people behind Food Smart as well as local teams who can provide a wide range of guidance and support on being healthier, cooking at home and eating well. A cook and eat event is to be held at Bransholme North Point on Monday 20 February, 10am - 4pm, where you can learn how to recreate healthy versions of your favourite takeaways at home for less money.
Be Food Smart lets you take control of your family’s diet and protect children from the harmful effects of consuming too much sugar, saturated fat and salt. The free app works by scanning the barcode of products, revealing how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is inside and encourages users to make healthier choices. The Be Food Smart app has something for everyone, like tips and suggestions for adults, new food detective activities for the kids and fun ‘mini missions’ for the whole family.
The Be Food Smart app is available from the iTunes store and Google Play.
If you need to make improvements to your diet or your children’s, contact Hull's family weight loss service.