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Children in England are having around 2,800 sugar cubes more than they should each year, more than double the maximum recommended amount. Too much sugar is bad for children’s health and can cause tooth decay, heart disease and some cancers.

To help reduce sugar intake, Change4Life have produced an improved Be Food Smart app. This is called the Change4Life Food Scanner and is downloadable from the iTunes store and Google Play.

For those people that never used the Be Food Smart app, it works by scanning bar codes of food and drink. Once an item has been scanned the app tells you how much sugar, salt, and saturated fat is in the food you have scanned. It also includes some addiiotnal exciting features.

These include:

  • Calorie information – the app tells you the amount of calories in food and drink products, and will also provide calorie information per serving suggestion.
  • ​​Improved results layout – you will find it much easier to understand what’s in your food after scanning.
  • Constantly improved product data – Chnage4Life are constantly looking to improve the number of products that users are able to scan.

You can sign up for a FREE healthy snacking pack and get money-off vouchers and stickers for children from Change4Life. You can also receive e-mails about eating more healthily and get ideas for fun activities with your kids from the Change4Life team.

Combing healthy eating and physcial activity helps manage body weight and reduces the chances of health related illnesses. Visit our website for more information about activities you and your family can engage in.