It’s water, water everywhere and no more sugary drinks at one school thanks to health-conscious students.
As part of their work on health issues, students in Year 11 and the sixth-form at The Angmering School, chose to raise awareness among their peers of sugar consumption and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
They launched the Water For All scheme and the school, in Station Road, has now banned children from bringing anything but water to school. The school canteen will only sell milk and water.
Students who bring anything but water to school will have the drink confiscated and disposed of.
Finn Roberts, 15, said: “We hope this scheme will become a normality within student lives and hugely improve their sugar consumption in school.”
Fellow student Ollie Charman, 16, added: “We have enjoyed being able to implement such a beneficial school initiative for the present and future students of the school.”
Their idea was praised by England 7s rugby player Amy Wilson Hardy, who recently visited the school.
She said: “It is so fantastic to see the students at The Angmering School adopting the water for all policy.
“Hydration is key to all forms of performance be it on a rugby pitch or in the classroom. By eliminating other drinks, students are avoiding having unnecessarily high amounts of hidden sugars.”
Terry Blair-Stevens, consultant in health improvement for Public Health England South East said: “Public Health England welcomes the introduction of the Water for All policy at The Angmering School.
“The recent Change4Life SugarSmart campaign revealed children are consuming over three times the recommended daily amount of sugar, with sugary drinks being one of the highest contributors of sugars to the diet.
“Consumption of sugar and sugar sweetened drinks is particularly high in school age children, increasing their risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
“Replacing sugary drinks with milk or water is a very positive step for the health and wellbeing of the students at The Angmering School.
“It also supports West Sussex County Council as Sugar Reduction Champions, who have made excellent progress working with a number of schools and the West Sussex School Meals Service to reduce children’s sugar intake, as part of their wider work on sugar reduction and promoting healthier catering.”
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