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Go fizzy drinks free this February

Swap sugary drinks for water, milk or sugar-free dilute juice, and pledge to #gofizzfree.

Too much sugar is linked with a higher risk of tooth decay, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Cutting out fizzy drinks is a great way to reduce your sugar intake and help protect your own and your family's health and teeth.

Did you Know

  • You can save £438 a year if you stopped drinking one bottle of soft drink per day for a year.
  • Drinking just one 330ml can of fizzy drink a day could add up to over a stone weight gain per year. 
  • 79% of fizzy drinks contain six or more teaspoons of sugar per 330ml can.
  • Tooth decay is the leading cause for hospitalisation among 5 to 9 year olds in the UK

Find out more about how to cut down sugar in your foods and drinks.

View the FizzFreeFeb campaign resources below to support the campaign in your schools, workplace and setting.

Tips for cutting down sugar from your drinks

1.  Drink water daily instead of sugary or fizzy drink and save money.

Many soft drinks are high in sugar and can contain twice the recommended allowance of sugar for adults (30g). 

  • a 500ml bottle of Coca Cola contains 13 teaspoons (52g)
  • a 500ml bottle of Volvic flavoured water contains 6 teaspoons (24g)
  • some hot chocolates and caramel lattes can contain up to 17 teaspoons (68g) 

2.Read the labels

  • 5g or less total sugars per 100g is low
  • More than 15g total sugars per 100g is high
  • Change for Life App can help you find out sugar scanner by simply scanning your food products

3. Reduce or completely remove sugar from your teas and coffees at work 

We spend 60% of their waking hours at work and this usually includes at least one meal time and several beverages. 

To support this campaign in your workplace and promote healthy behaviours and raise awareness about hidden sugars in drinks and foods, view the FizzFreeFeb campaign resources below or contact Public Health.

Fizzfree Campaign Resources

Support Fizzfree February online and in your setting using campaign resources from Southwark council below which includes key messages and graphic files to download.

Services in Waltham Forest to support a Sugar Smart lifestyle

  • HENRY through the Waltham Forest Children and families’ centres  and in partnership with Lloyd Park children’s charity offer families support around healthy eating, nutrition, and other health areas.  Each Children and Family centre hub have trained nutritionists and champions, who offer group, drop ins and one on one sessions to families with children five years and under. Call 0208 496 5223 to get support.  
  • Bags of Taste offer cooking lessons around cooking healthy tasty meals on a low budget. New FREE cooking course starts in Waltham Forest this February! 
  • Healthier You offer people who at higher risk of diabetes a personalised service, including tailored weight loss, healthy eating and exercise programme. Speak to your GP about getting a blood test or complete this questionnaire  to find out if you are at risk of diabetes.
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