British Heart Foundation calls for legal loopholes for junk food ads to be closed

February 9, 2015

Source: British Heart Foundation

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell:  A survey by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) has found that 70 percent of parents have been pestered by their children to buy junk food they have seen advertised on TV. 39 percent said they felt that junk food adverts on TV made it difficult to ensure their children kept to a healthy diet. The BHF believe these results highlight the need for the UK’s regulatory system to close legal loopholes that currently allow companies to advertise their junk food during family shows and online.

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Acknowledgement:  UK Health Forum

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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


Reduced dietary salt for the prevention of cardiovascular disease

January 20, 2015

Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Systematic review

In a nutshell: This systematic review was first published in 2011 and has now been updated with new content. The aim of the review was to assess the long-term effects of advice on reducing dietary salt, as well as low-sodium salt substitution, on mortality and cardiovascular events.

Length of publication: 70 pages

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Reducing sodium in children’s diets

October 7, 2014

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication: September 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: The American government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a factsheet to help parents and carers reduce children’s consumption of sodium.

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Acknowledgement: CDC Vital Signs: Reducing sodium in children’s diets


High consumption of fish oil may benefit cardiovascular health

March 14, 2014

Source: Medical News Today

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Date of publication: March 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: A study of 300 participants followed over 3 years has concluded that eating fish in the quantities consumed by men living in Japan appears to impart a protective factor that can ward off heart disease.

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Acknowledgement: Heart (BMJ journals)


Dietary fibre intake and risk of cardiovascular disease

January 9, 2014

Source: BMJ

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Date of publication: 19th December 2013

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This systematic review and meta-analysis examined 22 studies associating fibre intake with primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) or coronary heart disease (CHD). The authors concluded that greater dietary fibre intake is associated with lower risk of CVD and CHD.

Length of publication: 12 pages

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Breakfast keeps the heart healthy

September 11, 2013

Source: Circulation

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Date of publication: 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The journal Circulation has published a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The study revealed that men who skipped breakfast were more likely to suffer from heart attack or die from coronary heart disease.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Acknowledgement: UK Health Forum