Get ready for Fizz Free February

Fizz Free February is coming to Barnsley for the first time, and people are being urged the pledge to #gofizzfree

Friday, 1 February marks the start of Fizz Free February and the council’s Public Health Team is asking people of all ages, but in particular families with young children, to ditch sugary drinks for 28 days.

Launched by Southwark Council in 2018 in response to child and adult obesity rates in the borough, Fizz Free February is a great way to reduce sugar intake by cutting out fizzy drinks.

Going fizz free for all of February can help families on their way to drinking less sugary drinks for the rest of the year too.

Through this campaign, Barnsley Council aims to raise awareness of the health implications of drinking fizzy drinks which often contain high amounts of sugar. Latest data from Public Health England on the nation’s diet shows that sugar now makes up 13.5 per cent of four to 10 year-olds and 14.1 per cent of teenagers daily calorie intake respectively, while the official recommendation is to limit sugar to no more than five per cent.

In Barnsley, 31.2 percent of 10 to 11 year olds are overweight, which is significantly better than the national average of 34.2 percent.

However, 2.6 per cent of local children aged between five and nine years old have had to have teeth removed in hospital, due to tooth decay. The national figure is 0.7 per cent.

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “The hard truth about soft drinks is that they are often high in sugar, which is a significant factor in weight gain and dental decay.

To join in, just pledge to give up fizzy drinks for 28-days and tweet us using #gofizzfree. You can also take part by signing at https://surveys.barnsley.gov.uk/s/FizzFreeFeb/

For more reasons why you should quit fizzy drinks visit the Barnsley Public Health Fizz Free February page: www.barnsley.gov.uk/fizz-free-february

This news is linked to Town Spirit. We want to work better together. If everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, together we can make our borough a more welcoming place where people want to live, work and visit.

We’re committed to #LiveIt by helping people get support at the earliest possible stage. Own it by keeping your own and your family's health at its best and asking for help when you need it.

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