Somerset welcomes sugar tax

Trudi Grant, Somerset’s Director of Public Health, has welcomed the government’s budget announcement for a levy on high sugar drinks.

Trudi said: “This is great news for the health of our families and children in Somerset. It will help them to cut back on sugar, reducing childhood obesity and help to prevent tooth decay.

“We want to do everything we can to support Somerset residents to eat healthily and be more active. Zing Somerset is Somerset County Council’s commissioned healthy eating, physical activity and weight management service. It provides extra help and support to the families and communities that need it most.

“The Zing website www.zingsomerset.co.uk/  also provides information about activities across Somerset that people can get involved in. The Zing app allows people to record their activity on a mobile device.

“Other resources that can help people improve their diets and lose some weight are the Public Health England sugar smart site and app (www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/campaigns/sugar-smart/home) which gives people a way to reduce the sugar hidden in their food, and the new One You quiz (www.nhs.uk/oneyou) that can give snapshot of what people need to do to live a healthier lifestyle.”