Isle of Wight Council

Public Health - Sugar Smart

Make your workplace Sugar Smart

Sugar Smart in the workplace

Employees spend 60% of their waking hours at work and this includes at least one meal time and several beverages.

All organisations small or large are invited to be part of the Sugar Smart Island!

You could do something as simple as putting posters up or challenging colleagues give up sugary drinks for a week or apply for support to promote healthier food and drink in your canteen or vending machines.

You can go the extra mile and sign up to the  Workplace Wellbeing Charter .

There is also a free toolkit for employers that has been created by the Business in the Community (BITC) and Public Health England (PHE) that consolidates the best evidence, practical actions and employer case studies to help employers to contribute to reversing the national obesity epidemic. It includes a checklist of actions for employers to take around encouraging healthy eating and physical activity. More information about the toolkit can be found on the  BITC website

Top tips to help workplaces become Sugar Smart

Inform your colleagues and customers

  • Display posters around your workplace or near vending machines, 500ml sugary drinks poster, 330ml sugary drinks poster. View or download our Sugar Smart Posters. (PDF, 3.66MB, 3 pages). 
  • Scan your food and drink products. You can download the Be Food Smart app by visiting the Change4Life website.
  • Promote wellbeing checks available through GPs. The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It is designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.


Educate your staff

Take a Sugar Smart Challenge

  • No spoons option - completely cut out added sugar from your diet for a whole month.
  • Easing in option - cut out added sugar during working hours - particularly suited to office workers who are tempted daily by office treats!
  • Super seven option - eat less than the maximum recommended 7 teaspoons of added sugar per day. This is a good option to get started on for long term Sugar Smart eating!
  • Start from scratch: Swap a sauce or ready-meal for one that is homemade. 
  • Make breakfast sugar free: Swap a sugary cereal to whole-wheat cereal; Swap jam and honey for mashed banana.
  • Swap the pop: Reduce the number of fizzy drinks; Dilute juice 1 part juice to 10 parts water; Swap sugary drinks for water; Cut back on sugar added to tea and coffee.
  • Sweet snack swaps: Swap cakes, biscuits, chocolate and sweets for fresh or dried fruit, rice cakes, crackers, unsalted nuts and seeds; Swap desserts, puddings, cakes and ice cream for natural yoghurt, fresh or tinned fruit or dried fruit.
  • Share healthy recipes via email or on your internet.
  • Host a lunchtime speaker or host a Sugar Smart even such as an information stall or cookery demonstration.
  • Promote the Sugar Smart in newsletters to employees. Please contact us Public Health for Sugar Smart employee newsletter inserts by clicking here and completing the online 'send a message to service' form.


Change the environment

  • Make free water easily accessible.
  • Implement healthy vending guidelines.
  • Purchasing policy – check to see if there a purchasing police to buy low/no-added sugar products and ingredients where possible.


Join-up to Sugar Smart

Sign-up to Sugar Smart Isle of Wight and make a pledge to reduce sugar!

  • Sign up online today on Sugar Smart UK (website).
  • Make at least 1 pledge. 
  • Spread the word!


We would love to hear about what your workplace is up to!

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For more information about these activities and resources, please contact us by completing our online 'send a message to service' form.