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Round-up: sugar, screen time and first-aid

It has been a busy week in the news this week, with concerns for children’s sugar consumption, as well as life-saving skills and first-aid training. We have put together a news round-up in case you missed anything.

BBC shared shocking statistics from Public Health England (PHE) that “children in the UK exceed the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18-year-old by the time they are 10, according to experts”. PHE has suggested that there should be a pudding tax on certain products if companies fail to reduce the amount of sugar their products contains. This is to help tackle issues like, obesity, tooth decay and other illnesses linked to excess sugar.

Results from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey showed that, children in the UK are consuming around 13 cubes or 52g of sugar a day, with half of the sugar in children’s diet comes from sugary drinks, sweets, cakes, as well as sugary breakfast cereals and high-sugar yogurts.

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Also this week, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath (RCPCH) have provided a summary of the health impacts of screen time and a guide for clinicians and parents. This existing research outlines recommendations for health professionals and families on screen time use.

This guide includes three useful downloadable PDFs including, RCPCH screen time guide, RCPCH screen time parent factsheet as well as infographic containing key thoughts on screen time from 109 children and young people.

Of the children and young people aged 11-24 years that took part in an engagement exercise, 88% said that screen time had a negative impact on their sleep and 41% said that it affected their play/fun.

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Lastly, GOV.UK released a news story by the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, on learning life-saving skills in school, and how crucial it is. He stresses the importance of basic life-saving skills and first-aid, and his plans for health education to become compulsory in all schools.

Education Secretary, Damian Hinds said:

“Learning the basic skills of first aid and techniques like CPR will give young people the confidence to know that they can step in to help someone else in need and in the most extreme cases – it could potentially save a life”.

The report continues to state that for every minute without life-saving treatment, the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by about 10%. However, the British Red Cross have found that around 95% of adults would not be able to confidently and willingly help in 3 examples of life-threatening first-aid emergencies, which causes concerns. Because of this, the government is planning to make health education compulsory in all state-funded schools. This is to ensure that the next generation know confidently what to do in an emergency.

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