London Borough of Croydon

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Here are some ideas as to how to reduce sugar intake:

For individuals

  • opt for low sugar versions of your food and drink favourites
  • use the free Change4Life food scanner app to find out how much sugar there is in the food and drinks you buy
  • drink more water

For schools and early years settings

  • go water and milk only, or low sugar only for secondary schools
  • promote eating well via messages and posters or events
  • share low-sugar recipes with families

For businesses and other organisations

Food and catering outlets

  • put diet soft drinks and water at the front of the counter or fridge to encourage people to choose them
  • reduce the soft drink portion size, for example smaller cups, or from 500ml bottles to 330ml cans
  • put up signs showing the amount of sugar in common snacks or drinks, and highlighting more healthy options
  • automatically provide free tap water with table service

Other organisations

  • make free water easily available via water fountains
  • include a greater variety of low-sugar options at meetings and events and only provide fruit for dessert
  • remove or reduce the number of vending machines and restock them with low-sugar drinks and snacks

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