Lewisham CCG makes Sugar Smart Pledge
Sugar Smart Lewisham is a joint campaign with the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the food charity Sustain to tackle the issue that we consume too much sugar. The campaign aims to reduce the amount of sugar consumption by raising awareness of the issues around effects of eating too much sugar and providing an environment in which it is easier to make a healthier and less sugary choice.
NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) made its Sugar Smart pledge, agreeing to the following:
- Develop and implement a Sugar Smart policy
- Change the type of foods and drinks we offer and promote in order to make healthy food and drink more affordable and accessible
- Spread the message about reducing the amount and profile of products high in fat, salt and sugar, to our customers, employees, suppliers and others and publicise our involvement in Sugar Smart
- Promote free drinking water
- Provide information on healthy food
In addition, the CCG has signed up to the Healthy Workplace Charter, and will work with suppliers and encourage them to sign this policy themselves.
Martin Wilkinson, Chief Officer at NHS Lewisham CCG said; "I was very happy to make a Sugar Smart pledge on behalf of the CCG, it's important for us to set an example to our residents and promote healthy eating and lifestyles. All our staff work so hard, it's crucial that we look after ourselves properly by making better choices and live well. I hope we can inspire others to sign up to this campaign".
Lewisham was the first London borough to sign up to the campaign in 2006, and the council has continued to work with local businesses, schools, children's centres, hospitals and other organisations to promote healthier, lower-sugar alternatives and to limit less healthy choices.