Tameside Public Health has launched it’s second GULP campaign this week, following the success of the campaign launched in fifteen secondary schools last year.
Tameside Council with partners are in the final stage of preparing for a four week GULP challenge across their a number of their primary and secondary schools, to continue the GULP legacy from last years successful campaign.
Over the next few weeks, StoneSoup (a public speaking group) will be delivering assemblies in schools across the borough to raise awareness of the health harms associated with consuming too many sugary drinks, and launch a 4-week GULP challenge in each school. Pupils will be provided with GULP branded school-goods such as highlighters and bus passes, to help remind pupils to stay on track with their challenge and also be entered into a prize draw to win Amazon vouchers. Schools will also be provided with GULP PSHE lesson plans for delivery through their teaching staff to help to continue pupils knowledge and understanding of sugary drinks.
Tameside are excited to see the results of the challenge and behaviour change will be monitored through pre and post-challenge questionnaires from the GULP Challenge. We hope that the messages will be cascaded through the school and even make it home to influence families and friends.
Charlotte, Public Health Programme Officer at Tameside and project lead for the campaign said:
“We are delighted to be delivering GULP for the second time here in Tameside, as the first campaign was a great success.
This year the campaign is BIGGER and we will launching in primary schools too, as we know as many as one third of children in Tameside are leaving primary school an unhealthy weight. We hope the gulp challenge will foster long term healthy eating and attitudes around sugar consumption.”
Follow twitter accounts @gulpNOW and @WeAreStoneSoup to find out updates from the campaign.