Change4Life launches new healthier snacking resources for primary schools

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Change4Life’s new campaign encourages parents to give no more than two packaged snacks per day, to reduce children’s sugar intake. In support of this campaign, Change4Life has created a suite of new resources for primary schools to help inform pupils and families about healthier snacking.

The campaign is launched as Public Health England reveals half the sugar children consume comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks. Children in England are eating nearly three times the recommended amount of sugar, which can lead to obesity and tooth decay.[1]

The new Change4Life teaching resources are curriculum-linked and help pupils to identify healthier snack choices and interpret food labels to understand sugar content. This January, pupils can lead a fun interactive Healthier Snacking Show assembly and invite their parents to see what they have been learning about healthier snacks.

Schools can also use Change4Life’s first-ever school council toolkit, and pupils can champion healthier snacking and share their knowledge with their peers, parents and the school community.

Flexible and easy to use, these resources are differentiated for Reception, Key Stage 1, lower Key Stage 2 and upper Key Stage 2.

Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: “The true extent of children’s snacking is greater than the odd biscuit or chocolate bar. Schools and parents face a huge challenge in changing children’s snacking habits and we want to make it easier for them.

“With children currently having unhealthy snacks throughout the day, 2 snacks max is a good rule of thumb to help reduce their sugar intake.”

Helen Stevens, Key Stage 1 Lead and Year 2 Teacher, Melbury Primary School, Nottingham, said: “At our school, there is great concern about kids’ snacking and we’re keen to help them develop healthier habits. The idea of ‘healthier’ food can be quite an abstract concept for pupils, but we can help them to make more informed decisions by showing them how much sugar is in everyday snacks.

"That’s why Change4Life’s new resources are a welcome addition – they provide a clear and simple approach to promoting healthier snacking.”

To get the message home, in January 3.6 million Family Snack Challenge leaflets will be distributed via the School Fruit and Veg Scheme to more than 16,500 primary schools.

Teachers can download the resources from the School Zone website, and sign up to the School Zone newsletter to be the first to hear about new resources.

[1] NDNS: results from Years 5&6 (combined)