Keith launches national campaign to ban sugary drinks in schools

Posted on July 12th, 2013 in Local News

Keith has launched a campaign to ban the sale of sugary drinks in schools nationwide. Keith kick-started the campaign on a visit to Abbey Primary School, where he joined pupils in a game of handball to raise awareness of the importance of a good diet and exercise.

Although banned in state schools, vending machines selling junk food and fizzy drinks such as Coca-Cola, which has 8 teaspoons of sugar per can, are still available in academies and free schools nationally. That is despite the NHS warning that 1/3 of children are either overweight or obese by the time they leave school.

In partnership with the type-2 diabetes charity Silver Star, of which Keith is the founder-patron, he awarded Abbey Primary School a ‘silver star’ for their commitment to healthy eating and exercise.

As part of the campaign Keith will write to councils across the UK asking them to contact academies and free schools to urge them to stop the sale of sugary drinks in their schools. If a school agrees to sign-up, they will be awarded a ‘silver star’.

Pictured from right to left are Rahima Mohammed, Neel Sheth and Tia Mistry.