As part of our Eat Well for Oral Health project, we at Edinburgh Community Food want to encourage children and adults to go 'fizz free' this February - to help slash consumption of fizzy drinks.  Southwark Council first launched Fizz Free February in 2018 and is supported by Sugar Smart UK.

The idea behind this campaign is to get children and adults to give up all fizzy drinks (and other high sugar drinks e.g. milkshakes, energy drinks) during February in order to reduce their sugar intake and keep teeth sparkling!

Check out our interview Emma chats to Ahmed, a trained dentist at LINKnet, whom we work closely with on our Eat Well for Oral Health project. Ahmed tells us what happens to our teeth when we drink fizzy juice as well as his top tips for strong teeth. 

Did you know ...

  • Fizzy drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children aged 11-18. They provide an average of 29% of daily sugar intake with most containing 6 or more teaspoons of sugar per can. 
  • Tooth decay is the leading cause of hospitalisation among five to nine year olds in the UK, with 26,000 children being hospitalised each year due to tooth decay - in other words, 500 each week. Source: Action on Sugar

Jo and Emma speaking to P6s in Craigmiller

 Jo and Emma visited 4 primary schools in the Craigmiller area to speak to P5s and P6s to explain the effects of fizzy and energy drinks. We looked at how high sugar and caffeinated drinks can impact oral health, sleep, school work, mental health and physical health. After great discussions and activities with the children showing just how many teaspoons of sugar are in popular drinks, we asked the them to design posters to highlight the health impacts and consequences of energy drinks being sold to under 16's. Winners of the poster competition will be announced during Fizz Free February!

#gofizzfree this February!

To help make your pledge, here are some useful resources:

Pledge Card - to help commit to Fizz Free February

2024 Calendar - to keep track of progress

Certificate! - a reward for your amazing effort!  Well done.

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Why not pop over to our Eat Well for Oral Health page to find out what we've been up to, to support people eat well and look after their teeth and gums.