Families in Plymouth got to find out about a new mobile phone app to help them buy healthier snacks at a Change4Life roadshow.
Change4Life is an ongoing campaign led by Public Health England (PHE) and the latest phase aims to encourage parents to buy healthier snacks for their children. A roadshow was held at Tesco in Transit Way, led by PHE and supported by Plymouth City Council and Livewell Southwest, at which parents and carers got the chance to find out about the new Change4Life ‘Food Scanner’ app.
The campaign encourages parents, when shopping, to “look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max.”
This is because half the sugar that children consume, currently around 7 sugar cubes a day, comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks, leading to obesity and dental decay.
Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People for Plymouth City Council, said: “The ‘Food Scanner’ app works by scanning barcodes of products to bring food labels to life by highlighting the amount of calories, sugar and saturated fat and salt is in everyday food and drinks.
“It’s not always easy to know what is the healthier option so we support this initiative which can help improve children’s health and help in making healthy choices easier.”
Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council, said: “As public health lead for the city, the Council is very happy to support the Change4Life campaign and we were delighted to welcome the roadshow coming to Plymouth to launch the new ‘Food Scanner’ mobile phone app.
“Change4Life complements the work the Council is doing in Plymouth with all our partners through our Thrive Plymouth programme, a ten year framework to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities in the city. If we can be free from tobacco, drink safely, be physically active and eat healthily, we will feel better now and live longer, healthier lives.”
“Change4Life also works well with the Sugar Smart Plymouth initiative which was launched last year by Food Plymouth and supported by a range of partners.”
More information on healthier snacks is available at nhs.uk/change4life
Top picture: Left to right are Neil Minion (Plymouth City Council Public Health), Lisa Gillings (Change4Life), Daniel Lashbrook (Livewell Southwest), Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Councillor Terri Beer, and Dave Edwards (Change4Life).