Sugar swap campaign launched by Public Health England

January 20, 2015

Source: Guidelines in Practice

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Sugar Swaps is a new campaign launched by Public Health England Change4Life. It encourages families to cut back on sugar by substituting sugary snacks for food such as plain cereal, fruit and drinks with no sugar added. It also offers free guidance, money-off vouchers and weekly e-mails and texts with advice on reducing sugar consumption.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: Change4Life


A gender-sensitised weight loss and healthy living programme for overweight and obese men

April 11, 2014

Source: The Lancet, 2014 (383), 1211-1221

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Date of publication: April 2014

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: This study was a randomised controlled trial of 747 male football fans aged 35-65. Participants in the intervention group received a 12 session weekly weight loss and healthy living programme, and were assessed after one year. The researchers found that the programme helped to achieve changes in weight loss, blood pressure, self-reported physical activity and other areas. It succeeded in reaching high-risk men who were not attracted to other weight management programmes.

Length of publication: 11 pages

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Laying money on the line leads to healthier food choices over time

January 9, 2014

Source: The Association for Psychological Science

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Date of publication: 6th January 2014

Publication type: Press Release

In a nutshell: A study in South Africa involving over 6,500 families has found that the participants were more likely to choose healthy options in the supermarket if they risked losing their monthly healthy food discount. Some of the households enrolled in the programme volunteered to commit to a target of increasing their healthy food purchases by 5% over six months, using the possible loss of their monthly discount as a motivational tool. Other households chose not to risk their cash-back discount. At the end of the study, only the families who had risked their credit card cash-back increased their healthy food purchases.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: The abstract of the original research can be found in the journal Psychological Science.


Secondary prevention for patients after a myocardial infarction: summary of updated NICE guidance

November 20, 2013

Source: BMJ, 13th November 2013

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Date of publication: November 2013

Publication type: Practice guidelines

In a nutshell: The 2007 guidelines on secondary prevention after an MI have been revised. This article summarises the most recent recommendations by NICE.

Length of publication: 5 pages

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