Sugar Smart Exeter - August Newsletter

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This newsletter provides an update on Sugar Smart Exeter, as well as Sugar Smart activity across the South West. For questions about the campaign, please email the team.

Sugar Smart Exeter Updates

It has been a good Summer so far for Sugar Smart Exeter, as we start to contact our key organisations to encourage and support Sugar Smart action.  Thank you to everyone who filled out the Sugar Smart survey this year - as a result we are hoping to work with:

  • Leisure Centres
  • Hospitals
  • Shops near secondary schools

We have made good progress, with Wonford Sports Centre being the first leisure centre to sign a pledge and conversations continuing with local hospitals.

As ever, we will welcome and support any organisation looking to take Sugar Smart action.  Visit the website or email us for more information.


Recently, Sugar Smart Exeter has supported two fantastic events - the Children's Centre Playday in Belmont Park and the Pop Up Games in Priory Park, organised by Exeter City Community Trust.

We are excited to be attending Powderham Food Festival in October, where we are holding a Sugar Smart session with a talk and family friendly activities.  Hope to see some of you there!

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Sugar Smart Ambassador Opportunity

Sugar Smart Advocate

Are you passionate about creating a healthier food environment within Devon?

We are looking to recruit Sugar Smart ambassadors to advocate for action within organisations.


We want to make a real difference in Devon, but to do that we need enthusiastic volunteers!  The more people talking about taking Sugar Smart action, the more this will become a reality for our food environment.

As a Sugar Smart ambassador you will:

  • Attend free Sugar Smart ambassador training
  • Receive support and resources to take Sugar Smart action in Devon
  • Have the opportunity to improve food and promote health in your local area
  • Be part of a community inspired to create a better food environment
  • Develop or improve skills in communication, health promotion and behaviour change.

If you are interested in attending training, or hearing more about becoming an ambassador, email the team.

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Sugar in the News

Local Sugar Smart campaigns launch across the UK

Sugar Smart campaigns are launching all over the country thanks to the help of Sustain and Jamie Oliver's Food Foundation. The campaigns aim to raise awareness and encourage organisations and members of the public to take Sugar Smart action.

Children's Food Campaign recruiting for Parents' Jury Members

The parents' jury gives a voice to parents on the food available and promoted to their families. To find out more and to apply click here.

Too much sugar could increase depression risk in men, study suggests  

Men who consume a lot of added sugar had an increased risk of depression. Men with the highest intake had a 23% increased chance of suffering a common mental health disorder than those who consumed the lowest levels of sugar.

Sugar intake during pregnancy associated with allergy and allergic asthma in children  

High maternal sugar intake during pregnancy may increase the risk of allergy and allergic asthma in babies.  This study found a link between increased intake of free sugars during pregnancy and dust mite, cat and grass allergies and asthma.

August 2017

New Sugar Smart Pledges:

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Wonford Sports Centre have pledged to:

  • Ban price promotions on sugary foods and drinks.
  • Promote water as the number one drink
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      have pledged to:

  • Promote water as the number one drink
  • Set Sugar Smart challenges within their practice  

    Sugar Smart September

    Join us for Sugar Smart September!

    We're being Sugar Smart for the whole of September!  Join us? 

    Whether that be cutting out added sugar altogether, avoiding sugar on weekdays or just reducing the amount you eat generally.

    Last year we were surprised at how quickly our taste buds changed!

    The Food Smart app can help you watch out for hidden sugars.

    You may also find this article useful to help you watch out for hidden sugars, written by Sugar Smart supporter, Alex Powell.

    Why not make it a challenge within your workplace and sign a Sugar Smart pledge at the same time?

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    Sugar Smart Exeter is  a Food Exeter initiative, a Sustainable Food City supported by Sustain.


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    We're looking for helpers!

    We are looking for people to come with us to Powderham Food Festival, talking to people about the campaign and promoting Sugar Smart messages through family friendly activities. If you are interested, email the team.