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Leading Sefton health figures say ‘no’ to sugary drinks!

Sefton Council is working with Food Active to promote the new GULP (Give Up Loving Pop) Early Years campaign called ‘Kind to Teeth’.

 The campaign aims to improve knowledge and raise awareness of the health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks in under-fives. 

 Developed by registered nutritionists, the campaign has been launched as part of National Smile Month and is the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.  

 Research shows that by the age of five, nearly a third of children had obvious decay in their milk teeth.  In another study, 12% of three-year-olds were found to have evidence of tooth decay having on average three decayed, missing or filled teeth – and sugary drinks are a major part of the problem.

 This is despite the fact that babies are only recommended to consume breast milk (or formula milk if necessary) until six months and then milk and water are the best sources of hydration for babies and young children.

 Sugar is not necessary for the diet, especially for children and when consumed in the form of sugary drinks, can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Lots of sugar can often be hiding in many baby juices and other sugary drinks marketed at the early years.  

 The Kind to Teeth campaign has been developed by registered nutritionists, dental health and early year’s specialists and forms part of the well-known GULP campaign.  It is aimed at parents of children under five years of age, to help promote healthier drinking habits in the early years and will involve a number of electronic resources for local authorities to utilise.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Improving the health of Sefton’s young children is a key priority for us, so I am very pleased that the Kind to Teeth campaign is being promoted in Sefton. 

 “Nearly a quarter of our 5-year-olds start school with dental decay and a quarter in Reception year are overweight or are an unhealthy weight by the time they start school. Tackling unhealthy drink habits in the early years is a crucial preventative measure to protect our young children against poor dental health and weight gain”

 Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, added: “When children are young, we have a fantastic opportunity to influence healthy food and drink patterns, as habits are often established when children are young.  

 “This campaign will help to educate parents on the health risks associated with consuming sugary drinks in the early years, and emphasise that water is the best source of hydration for their young one. We hope it will help to influence healthy drinking patterns from the early years and throughout their growth and development into adulthood.”

Have your say on Sefton’s Equalities consultation

Residents and visitors still have time to have their say on Sefton’s Council’s updated Equality and Diversity Policy.

The refreshed Equality and Diversity Policy 2016 – 2020 helps set out Sefton’s approach to making sure all staff are equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to meet the diverse needs of the borough.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “This is a very important policy and we encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation.

“The policy sets out our approach to equality and diversity for the next three years and shows how we meet the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

“In everything we do as a council, we make sure that our services are accessible and that we encourage supportive and cohesive communities.”

Those wishing to have a say on the policy have until June 29 to make their views known.

A draft copy of the refreshed policy is available to view online via www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton or by calling 0151 934 3202

Missing: 13-year-old Lauryn Cass from Bootle

Merseyside Police is appealing for information to help trace a missing 13-year-old girl.

Lauryn Cass, from Bootle, was last seen on Friday, 18 May 2018, at Seaforth and Litherland train station. She is known to frequent the Sefton area.

Extensive enquiries have been ongoing to locate her since.

She is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, medium build, with long straight brown hair, glasses and a fair complexion.

When she was last seen Lauryn was wearing her school uniform.

Police officers are making extensive efforts to find Lauryn and return her home safely and would urge Lauryn, anyone who knows her whereabouts, or who has seen a female resembling her, to contact @MerPolCC or 101.

Alternatively information can be left with the independent charity Missing People by calling 116 000 or by emailing 116000@missingpeople.org.uk.

Councillor aims to reach fundraising milestone for We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

Sefton Councillor Carla Thomas (St. Oswald Ward) is hoping to reach a fundraising milestone of £10,000 for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attack where her sister sustained life-changing injuries.

Councillor Thomas’s sister, Julie, was present at Manchester Arena when the terror attack took place on May 22, 2017. Julie was seriously injured in the blast and underwent three serious operations to remove shrapnel and bolts from her body. She is now adjusting to life in a wheelchair.

In response to the atrocity, Councillor Thomas organised a ‘Hope Over Fear Fundraising Event’ on behalf of the victims and families of those hurt in the attack. The event, which was held at the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool and attended by Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, and Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, raised £9,200 for the Fund.

She is now hoping to reach a fundraising milestone of £10,000 by the end of May in order to present a cheque to the two Metro Mayors next month for the We Love Manchester Fund.

Councillor Thomas said: “I can’t thank everyone who has donated enough for their support. I can’t believe that it’s almost a year since the awful incident occurred but I’m very lucky to have my sister who is adjusting to life in a wheelchair. We still hope she may walk again.

“It would be great to get as close to my fundraising target of £10,000 as possible as I am due to meet with Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram in June to give them a cheque with the grand total raised for the We Love Manchester Fund.”

If you would like to donate please contact Councillor Thomas directly on 07815 507 965.

Ditch Those Stabilisers returns for Bank Holiday

Back by popular demand during the May half term school holidays, Sefton Council is proud to offer a number of ‘Ditch Those Stabilisers’ cycling events.

Children aged four and above can learn to ride a bike unaided at sessions in Litherland and Southport.

The events have a very high success rate and staff from the Council’s highway safety team will offer a range of practical advice to young riders and their parents.

Sessions are free but pre-booking is essential.

Join in the fun at Litherland Sports Park, Boundary Lane on Tuesday, May 29 between 9am-12pm or Shoreside Primary School, Westminster Drive on Thursday, May 31 from 9am to 12pm.

To register, call on 0345 140 0845.

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