Children’s packed lunches not meeting nutritional standards

A new study published this week has found only a small proportion of children’s pack lunches are meeting nutritional standards.

Almost half of all primary school pupils take a packed lunch to school, however researchers from the University of Leeds found that just 1.6% of those packed lunches met the nutritional standards set for their classmates eating in the school canteen. Only 17% contained any vegetables or salad, while 52% contained too many sweet snacks. Continue reading “Children’s packed lunches not meeting nutritional standards”

Why everyone in Britain should take Vitamin D

spoon-full-of-vitamin-pills-200x300Everyone in the UK should consider taking vitamin D supplements to counter the lack of sunshine government experts are proposing.

The draft Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition guidelines suggest, from the age of one, 10 microgram vitamin D pills be taken to ensure people get enough.

Current advice is that only at-risk groups, such as pregnant women, under-fives and over 65s, should take supplements.

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NHS’s inexplicable approach to obesity

obesity (2)MPs say it is “inexplicable” that the NHS in England spends more on bariatric surgery than well-established measures to prevent obesity.

A report by the Health Select Committee says health workers should use every opportunity to deal with the problem.

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Coffee drinkers have ‘cleaner’ arteries

coffee1People who drink three to five cups cups of coffee a day were less likely to have early signs of heart disease according to a Korean study published in the journal Heart The findings reopen the debate about whether coffee is good for the heart.

Some studies have linked consumption to heart risk factors, such as raised cholesterol or blood pressure, while others suggest the beverage may offer some heart protection.

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Children more familiar with beer brands than biscuits

Aaron-Lennon-004Campaigners are calling for stricter alcohol marketing regulations to protect children and young people after research has found that primary school aged children as young as 10 years old are more familiar with beer brands, than leading brands of biscuits, crisps and ice-cream.

The research also found half of children associate their favourite football teams and tournaments with the beer brands they are sponsored by, with 3 in 5 children associating Chang beer with Everton football club.

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Parents told to give children less sugar

sugarParents are being encouraged to cut back on the amount of sugar they feed their children in a new health campaign launched by Public Health England’s Change4Life initiative.

The campaign encourages parents to provide healthy alternatives to sugar packed foods and has put together a pack containing a free Sugar Swaps Guide to eating less sugar, shopping pad, swap cards and stickers, money off vouchers to make buying Sugar Swaps cheaper and handy weekly emails and texts containing tips, advice and fun ideas to help children swap.

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