Leeds leads way in scheme to swap snacks

Tarragon Wager
Tarragon Wager
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record numbers of people in Leeds have pledged to swap fat-laden and sugary snacks for healthier alternatives.

Since the start of the year, more than 6,250 swaps have been promised by city residents – much higher than in other areas.

Coun Lisa Mulherin, chair of the Leeds and Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “It is great to see so many families and children getting involved in Smart Swaps.

“We know that a healthy diet can make a huge difference to people’s lives and getting a good start with good food and drink early in life can play an important part in our commitment to make Leeds the best city for health and wellbeing.”

The campaign urges people of all ages to make simple changes to their diets to become healthier and help them to live longer.

Among the participants is five-year-old Tarragon Wager, a pupil at Richmond Hill Primary School, who has pledged to make a swap “from doughnuts and sweets to more fruit and vegetables”.

Emma Strachan, health improvement specialist for food at the Leeds City Council Public Health team, said: “The campaign has been encouraging families to get swapping to reduce the amount of fat and sugar we eat. One of the easiest ways to feel good is to make some simple swaps to what we eat and do.

“You can still join us in swapping together and making it fun. It’s easy to get involved.”

Log on to www.leedsletschange.co.uk/smartswaps.

WARNING: More than 32,000 people in Leeds are at risk of developing diabetes.

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