Sugar Taxes – what does the evidence say?

In the UK, adults consume 50g per day and children 100g per day of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) [1]. This dietary behaviour is contributing towards excessive energy and sugar intakes which are said to be fuelling the obesity epidemic, as well

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Supporting World Obesity Day – 11th October 2017

Today Food Active is supporting the 3rd annual World Obesity Day. Here are a few words from the organisers, The World Obesity Federation about the history, background and aims of the campaign which takes place on the 11th October every

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Guest Blog: World Heart Day and European Week of Sport

Michael Viggars, Development Officer, European Healthy Stadia Network, talks about how the football family is mobilising to address the burgeoning physical inactivity epidemic. From Stonewall’s rainbow laces campaign in the UK to NFL stars highlighting racial injustices in the US,

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Guest Blog: World School Milk Day 2017

Erica Hocking is the Senior Nutrition Scientist at The Dairy Council and a registered Public Health Nutritionist with a special interest in children’s nutrition.   As pupils settle into school after the summer break, The Dairy Council is reminding parents,

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Guest Blog: Countermarketing Initiatives to Fight Junk Food Marketing

Poor diet, brought on by the increased availability of unhealthy food, has played a major role in rising rates of diet related diseases around the world.1 Our work at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute (CUFPI), an academic research and

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Guest Blog: Downsizing for Public Health

Dr. Ashleigh Haynes and Dr. Eric Robinson are researchers at the University of Liverpool, Institute of Psychology Health and Society.  A recent report from the Royal Society for Public Health showed that on average, adults in the UK are offered

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Guest Blog: Healthy Living Pharmacies in Cheshire and Merseyside

Hassan Argomandkhah FRPharmS is the Chair of Merseyside Local Professional Network and Bruce Prentice MRPharms is a Clinical Adviser to NHS England in Cheshire and Merseyside. Our experience, getting Healthy Living Pharmacy established in Cheshire and Merseyside, has shown us

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Guest Blog: Pregnancy ‘Eating for Two’ Myth Busting

Dr Margaret Charnley is a Registered Nutritionist and Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Research Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University. Her key areas of research are surrounding the effects of nutrition on human health, particularly with regards to obesity, pregnancy

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Much, much more action needed to address childhood obesity

We are used to health campaigners saying this, but when the CEO of Sainsbury’s says the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan doesn’t go far enough, we should probably stop and listen. We had to wait a long time for the much-anticipated

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Guest Blog: Blackpool’s Healthier Choices Award – Engagement of the Chinese Community

Nicky Dennison is a Senior Public Health Practitioner at Blackpool Council. The Healthier Choices Award was launched in January 2017, to support Blackpool Council’s vision to be “The UK’s number one family resort with a thriving economy that supports a

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