Families in Halton were invited to “Be Food Smart” when Public Health England’s (PHE) Change4Life roadshow came to Runcorn Shopping Centre, supported by Halton Borough Council.

PHEs new Change4Life campaign urges parents to ‘Be Food Smart’ and take more control of their children’s diets

They also received free Be Food Smart information packs, making it easier to make the healthier choice at home.

The free app helps and encourages families to choose healthier options and works by scanning the barcode of products allowing parents to compare brands, and features food detective activities for children and mini missions the whole family can enjoy.

The campaign also helps parents identify the health harms of children eating and drinking too much sugar, saturated fat and salt, including becoming overweight or obese and developing tooth decay.

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Marie Wright of Halton Borough Council said “It’s great to see such a high profile event here in Halton, helping families make healthier choices for themselves and their children.

“We are doing a lot of great work locally with schools and out in the community to educate youngsters and parents about eating healthily and getting more active. Our Healthy Schools scheme and Fit 4 Life programme make learning about health and fitness fun.”

The new Change4Life ‘Be Food Smart’ campaign is touring the country, visiting 29 shopping centres and 40 supermarkets nationally.
Anyone can download the Be Food Smart app from iTunes or Google Play.

For details about the local Fit 4 Life programme for families and children call the Halton Health Improvement Team on 0300 029 0029.