FAMILIES in Tameside are invited to ‘Be Food Smart’ with the help of a Change4Life roadshow.
The roadshow, which will be at Clarendon Square, Hyde, on Wednesday 1 and Tuesday 2 March, will provide live demonstrations of the new Be Food Smart app that highlights just how much sugar, saturated fat and salt can be found in everyday food and drink that children consume.
There will also be free Be Food Smart information packs available, making it easier to make the healthier choices at home.
Recent reports show that childhood obesity in England has reached alarming rates. Currently, 10% of 4 to 5-year-olds in Tameside are overweight or obese - increasing to 20% in 10 to 11-year-olds.
Public Health Endland’s Change4Life campaign urges parents to ‘Be Food Smart’ and take more control of their children’s diets.
The free Food Smart app helps and encourages families to choose healthier options and works by scanning the barcode of products allowing parents to compare brands, and features food detective activities for children and mini missions the whole family can enjoy.
The campaign also helps parents identify the health harms of children eating and drinking too much sugar, saturated fat and salt, including becoming overweight or obese and developing tooth decay.
Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Ged Cooney, who is responsible for health said: “We all want to make the best choices for our children’s health and Change4Lifes Be Food Smart campaign aims to make this easy and fun for the whole family to get involved in. It will also help children to make healthier food choices for themselves.”