Change4Life in Dartford
Change4Life is a national initiative which aims to help England eat well, move more, drink less and live longer.
Dartford Borough Council supports this initiative through developing projects and initiatives related to the Change4Life ethos. On this page you will find information about all activities happening locally related to Change4Life.
Walking is a brilliant way of fitting in daily activity, Walk4Life will help get you on your feet and up and about.
Walk4Life is all about helping people move and walking is a great way to start. Almost everyone can do it, anywhere, at any time, and it's free - you can just get out there and start walking. The Walk4Life website has thousands of walking routes from across the country including many in the Dartford area. You can use the website to track your progress, find walking events and even create your own walking routes too.
Walk4Life Miles are 1 mile long walking routes that have been waymarked so you know exactly what route to walk and you can even use them in test your fitness. In Dartford a Walk4Life Mile has been waymarked around Brooklands Lakes, why not visit the lakes and find out how fit you are.
Be Sugar Smart!
A new campaign has been launched, encouraging parents to get "Sugar Smart" and take control of their children's sugar intake.
The Change4Life campaign follows revelations that four-to-10 year old consume an estimated 5,500 sugar cubes a year (22kg), weighing the same as an average five-year-old.
Currently, 22.5% of four to five-year-old are overweight or obese in Kent, increasing to 33% in 10 to 11-year-olds. This means they are more likely to become obese adults who are more prone to a range of serious health problems, such as heart disease, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes. Nationally, there are now 2.5 million people suffering from Type 2 diabetes, 90% of which are overweight or obese.
A new Sugar Smart app has been launched nationally to help parents to see how much sugar there is in everyday food and drink. The free app works by scanning the bar code of products and revealing the amount of total sugar it contains in cubes and grams, helping you find out how much sugar is in the food and drink your family consumes every day.
Sugar Smart packs will be given away to primary school children and their families via schools, local authorities and retailers.
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