The campaign is based around figures showing that pupils consume half of their daily recommended sugar allowance before the school day begins – including almost three sugar cubes at breakfast time alone. By the end of the day, children consume more than three times their recommended allowance of sugar.
Furthermore, more than a fifth of four and five-year-olds and more than a third of 10 to 11-year-olds are overweight or obese.
In January, Public Health England is sending out more than 16,500 Be Food Smart packs to primary schools, as well as a number of parent packs. They offer curriculum-linked resources focused on healthy food and linked to subjects including English, maths, science, and PSHE.
There are teacher’s guides for both key stages 1 and 2, assembly resources and whole-school teaching ideas. A new Be Food Smart app has also been developed to highlight just how much sugar, saturated fat and salt can be found in everyday food and drink.
You can download these and other campaign resources online. Visit https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/