BRIDGWATER NEWS: Change4Life roadshow at Angel Place Shopping Centre

BRIDGWATER NEWS: Change4Life roadshow at Angel Place Shopping Centre

FAMILIES in the Bridgwater area will get tips for healthier snacking when Public Health England’s Change4Life roadshow comes to the town next week.

The roadshow will be at the Angel Place Shopping Centre in Bridgwater on Monday (January 15, 2018) and Tuesday (January 16, 2018) as part of a nationwide tour where it will encourage parents to “look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max.”

This is because half the sugar children consume, currently around 7 sugar cubes a day, comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks[1], leading to obesity and dental decay.

Recent data shows 22.2 percent of four to five-year-olds are overweight or obese in Somerset increasing to 30.2 percent in 10- to 11-year-olds.

At the Angel Place event, families will see live demonstrations of the new Change4Life ‘Food Scanner’ app. The ‘Food Scanner’ app works by scanning the barcode of products and helps bring food labels to life by highlighting the number of calories, as well as how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in everyday food and drinks.

Families will also be shown how to swap to healthier snack options using front of pack ‘traffic light’ labels.

On the day, parents can sign up to Change4Life for additional support and money-off vouchers to help them try healthier snack options, including malt loaf, lower sugar fromage frais, and drinks with no added sugar.

With selected supermarkets signposting parents to healthier snacks and special offers, including fruit and vegetables, Change4Life is making it easy and simple for the whole family to “look for 100 calorie snacks, 2 a day max.”