Child Care Industry News September 1, 2015 -®
Child Care Industry News
September 1, 2015
Welcome, this week research on sugar intake suggest stark reductions in children's consumption levels and meet Phil the Ferret.
Experts recommend drastic cuts to sugar intake for kids
New research from the UK's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) suggests intake of free sugars should be reduced to half the current recommended daily amount to stem the obesity epidemic, slow the increase in diabetes and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Free sugars are those added to food (e.g. sucrose (table sugar), glucose) or those naturally present in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices, but exclude lactose in milk and milk products.

In its report Carbohydrates and Health, the SACN, an independent body of expert nutritionists, says free sugars should account for no more than 5 per cent of daily energy intake. This is:
  • 19g or 5 sugar cubes for children aged 4 to 6,
  • 24g or 6 sugar cubes for children aged 7 to 10,
  • 30g or 7 sugar cubes for 11 years and older, based on average population diets.
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A ferret named phil
Book giveaway
Although bullying in the early childhood setting is not something we hear a lot about, it does happen and is an issue we have covered in previous newsletters.

As with many of the issues faced by young children, storytelling with books is an effective way of raising awareness and promoting discussion about many childhood experiences and this is where the Phil the ferret comes in.

Phil is the creation of a young writer named William Reimer, who says the story began as a cautionary tale about the perils of making bad decisions and grew into a tale about a wise young ferret dealing with bullying without resorting to violence and by demonstrating to the bully that you are not afraid.

We have six (6) copies to give away

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