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Council backs sugar-beating app

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A new mobile app which helps parents detect how much sugar there is in everyday food drink has been welcomed by St Helens Council.

Launched by Public Health England, the free ‘Sugar Smart’ app has been introduced to combat tooth decay, obesity, type two diabetes and encourage families to choose healthier alternatives - by displaying the total amount of sugar in over 75,000 products in cubes and grams when a barcode is scanned.

It also allows people to share a ‘sugar reveal’ with their friends and family, and find hints and tips to cut down on sugar on the Change4Life website.

St Helens Council’s Director for Public Health, Liz Gaulton, said: “This free and easy to use app is a must have for every parent and guardian and I would encourage them to download it to see for themselves just how surprising some products can be – with a lot of products containing more sugar than the recommended amount for the day.”

St Helens Council has previously supported the “Pirates, Pop and Pupils” programme run by the Public Health and Wellbeing Department – which has been shortlisted in the Public Health category of the Local Government Chronicle Awards 2016.

The Pirates in the Park initiative, facilitated by community food workers from the Healthy Living Team during the summer, saw over 330 family members taking part in events in St Helens parks.

The families received healthy eating and physical activity messages in a fun and creative way and were visited by the characters Captain Tuck and his nemesis Captain Snack Barrel who were created by children and young people.

Coun Jeanie Bell, St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is a fantastic achievement and it’s great to see some of our successful health initiatives being celebrated at a national level. I would just like to thank all those involved, including the initiative leaders, schools, children, young people and families who

have taken part in these projects and continue to champion health and wellbeing in St Helens.”