Greenwich Council

Agenda item

Motion - "London Declaration on sugar reduction and healthier food"

Decision:

Resolved –

 

The Council notes the adverse health impacts arising from obesity and poor diet in the Borough. The Royal Borough of Greenwich supports initiatives to address this issue and, accordingly, agrees to adopt a declaration on sugar reduction and healthier food, as follows:

 

Area

Pledge

Tackle advertising and sponsorship

         To audit current corporate partnerships or sponsorships within Greenwich in particular looking at those which are associated or promote foods and drinks which are high in fat, salt and sugar, and undermine breastfeeding

         To develop coherent policy on future marketing/ advertising that welcomes opportunities for investment, whilst avoiding those that promote foods and drinks which are high in fat, salt and sugar and undermine breastfeeding

Improve the food controlled or influenced by the council and support the public and voluntary sectors to improve their food offer:

         To continue steps to further deliver healthier catering within Council buildings

         To roll out Good Food in Greenwich (GFIG) catering guidelines across the Council and apply to the RBG hospitality menu

Reduce prominence of sugary drinks and actively promote free drinking water

         To remove sugary drinks from Woolwich Centre café

         Introduction of Sugar Smart Greenwich and promotion of sugar levy on soft drinks

Support businesses and organisations to improve their food offer

 

         To engage and support more businesses across the borough to adopt the Breastfeeding Friendly Greenwich scheme

         To engage more businesses with the Healthier Catering Commitment

         To work with market stall holders supporting them to  accept Healthy Start food vouchers

         To work with sport and leisure providers and other partners to improve their vending offer reducing the amount of food and drink high in sugar, fat and salt

Public events:

 

         To expand GFIG catering guidelines to cover public events

         Ensure that all events licensed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich are Breastfeeding Friendly Greenwich approved

Raise public awareness:

 

         To actively promote the following websites with residents and partners: Breastfeeding Greenwich website, Livewell Greenwich website and Good Food in Greenwich

         To continue with community cookery clubs promoting healthy eating, cookery and budgetary skills

         Good Food in Greenwich to host two large public events per year promoting Good Food in the Borough

 

 

Minutes:

The Mayor noted that Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald also wanted her name to be recorded formally as supporting the motion.

 

Councillor David Gardner moved the motion. He explained that the Declaration had been produced by an organisation called Sustain, and was being considered by other London Boroughs. He detailed the reason for the motion. He advised Council on the progress Greenwich had already made on the matter of healthy eating, but brought to Members' attention that 43% of Year 6 pupils were overweight or obese which was the fourth highest rate in London. He highlighted the initiatives given in the Declaration and said it would keep Greenwich in a leading position to tackle the demographic time bomb of obesity. 

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Clare Morris, who spoke in support of the motion. She highlighted that they must prioritise breastfeeding to give babies the best start in life, but advised Council that UK breastfeeding rates were low compared to the rest of the developed world. She explained the health benefits of breastfeeding, for both mother and child. She detailed the barriers encountered by mothers who wished to breastfeed. She said they were proud of their children centres on the matter, and that they had received the Unicef baby friendly award, but they needed to change the culture of workplaces, public transport, restaurants and entertainment businesses to make sure that breastfeeding mothers felt welcomed and valued.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley stated the support of the Conservative Members for the motion.

 

In closing the debate Councillor David Gardner said it was regretful that the Government had passed on the recommendations from Public Health England in taking on advertising and marketing. While Greenwich would do what they could he said that they needed national action on daytime advertising on unhealthy drinks and food.

 

The motion was put to the vote and it was unanimously

 

Resolved –

 

The Council notes the adverse health impacts arising from obesity and poor diet in the Borough. The Royal Borough of Greenwich supports initiatives to address this issue and, accordingly, agrees to adopt a declaration on sugar reduction and healthier food, as follows:

 

Area

Pledge

Tackle advertising and sponsorship

         To audit current corporate partnerships or sponsorships within Greenwich in particular looking at those which are associated or promote foods and drinks which are high in fat, salt and sugar, and undermine breastfeeding

         To develop coherent policy on future marketing/ advertising that welcomes opportunities for investment, whilst avoiding those that promote foods and drinks which are high in fat, salt and sugar and undermine breastfeeding

Improve the food controlled or influenced by the council and support the public and voluntary sectors to improve their food offer:

         To continue steps to further deliver healthier catering within Council buildings

         To roll out Good Food in Greenwich (GFIG) catering guidelines across the Council and apply to the RBG hospitality menu

Reduce prominence of sugary drinks and actively promote free drinking water

         To remove sugary drinks from Woolwich Centre café

         Introduction of Sugar Smart Greenwich and promotion of sugar levy on soft drinks

Support businesses and organisations to improve their food offer

 

         To engage and support more businesses across the borough to adopt the Breastfeeding Friendly Greenwich scheme

         To engage more businesses with the Healthier Catering Commitment

         To work with market stall holders supporting them to accept Healthy Start food vouchers

         To work with sport and leisure providers and other partners to improve their vending offer reducing the amount of food and drink high in sugar, fat and salt

Public events:

 

         To expand GFIG catering guidelines to cover public events

         Ensure that all events licensed by the Royal Borough of Greenwich are Breastfeeding Friendly Greenwich approved

Raise public awareness:

 

         To actively promote the following websites with residents and partners: Breastfeeding Greenwich website, Livewell Greenwich website and Good Food in Greenwich

         To continue with community cookery clubs promoting healthy eating, cookery and budgetary skills

         Good Food in Greenwich to host two large public events per year promoting Good Food in the Borough

 

 

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