PARENTS are being encouraged to give children “two snacks max” a day to help cut how much sugar they have.
The Change4Life campaign is promoting healthier snacks.
This is because half of children’s sugar, around seven sugar cubes a day, comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks. This leads to obesity and dental decay.
Figures show that children are consuming at least three unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day, with around a third consuming four or more. Now, schools can get a range of fun activity ideas to help school councils promote healthier snacking. The idea is that kids share their knowledge with other pupils.
The “two snacks max” rule applies to all snacks apart from fruit and vegetables.
This month, 3.6 million Family Snack Challenge leaflets will be given out through the School Fruit And Veg Scheme to more than 16,500 primary schools.