Redbridge Council signs up to healthier food charter

PUBLISHED: 16:03 12 July 2017

Picture: Getty Images/Wavebreakmedia Ltd

Picture: Getty Images/Wavebreakmedia Ltd


Redbridge Council has signed a charter pledging to reduce child obesity and encourage more healthy food options across the borough.

It is the one of the first London boroughs to sign the Local Government Declaration promoted by the Sustain charity to cut obesity levels..

Businesses selling foods high in sugar, fat and salt will be supported by the council to improve their offerings, and free drinking water will be promoted over sugary drinks at public events.

Almost two in five 10-11 year olds in Redbridge are overweight or obese, and Councillor Mark Santos, cabinet member for health said he was delighted to back the charter.

He said: “We have an important role to play in promoting healthy eating and sugar reduction, given our responsibilities for public health, planning, environmental health, leisure and recreation.

“Signing up to the declaration will build on our work and help the borough achieve its health and wellbeing ambitions.”

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