Fizz Free February 2019: will you, your school or your council consider joining the campaign?
Whilst in my own health journey this year I’ve witnessed the collective effort of our Labour councillors who are working hard to use limited public health budgets to support health and wellbeing. I’ve seen some great innovation and creative programmes
That’s why I’m supporting Fizz Free February. It’s a simple, relatively low cost way of raising awareness of sugar related obesity.
I’d like to invite you to take part in the Fizz Free February - a campaign being run by an increasing number of Labour led councils. across the country, including my own, Sandwell.
This campaign, which was established by Southwark Council in 2018, aims to encourage all local residents aims to encourage families and especially children and young people, to give up fizzy drinks for the month of February. Fizzy drinks make up an average of 29 per cent of daily sugar intake. If you drink a can of Coke every day for a month you’ll eat the equivalent of a bag of sugar.
Fizzy drinks are also the largest single source of sugar for children aged eleven to eighteen. So if we’re going to get serious about childhood obesity, it starts with fizzy pop.
Fizz Free February was created this year by our Labour colleagues in Southwark, South London. The council is producing a Fizz Free February campaign pack and have kindly agreed to share designs and branding with colleagues who want to replicate it in their borough.
Signe Norberg, Policy and Public Affairs Officer for Southwark Council, is happy to forward information or answer questions from any councillors or councils interested in getting involved. Signe is on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get more information by visiting www.southwark.gov.uk/gofizzfree
I hope you’ll consider running this campaign locally, getting business, schools and organisations in your ward signing up, as well as asking your council to adopt Fizz Free February for the whole local area.