Families in Lancashire are being encouraged to reduce the amount of sugar they consume, especially around the festive season.
The Fit Squad at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are out and about in Central and East Lancashire encouraging families to watch their sugar in take. Throughout December there is more temptation to buy chocolatey and sugary treats with so many being on offer in local shops.
Tracy Sutton, Healthy Lifestyles Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
''Christmas is always a time when we over indulge and there's nothing wrong with having a treat every now and then especially over the festive period. However it"s important to remember that balance is key, so make sure your family is getting enough fresh fruit, vegetables and exercise, to avoid developing any unhealthy habits that follow into the new year.""
The team at the Trust provide a free weight management and psychical activity programme for individuals and families and have some top tips to help cut down the sugar day to day which include:
- Instead of sugary fizzy drinks or sugary squash, go for water, lower fat milks, or sugar free, diet and no added sugar drinks
- Swap cakes or biscuits for a currant bun, scone or some malt loaf with low-fat spread
- If you take sugar in hot drinks or add sugar to your breakfast cereal, gradually reduce the amount until you can cut it out altogether
- Rather than spreading jam, marmalade, syrup, treacle or honey on your toast, try a lower-fat spread, sliced banana or lower-fat cream cheese instead
- Check the labels to help you pick the foods with less added sugar, or go for the low-sugar version
- Choose tins of fruit in juice rather than syrup
- Choose wholegrain breakfast cereals, but not those coated with sugar or honey
The Fit Squad can be contacted either over email at email@example.com or over by phone, for Central and West Lancashire please ring 01772 644158 and for East Lancashire its 01254 283340.