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Devon Norse | News | Devon Norse continues working for a Sugar Smart Devon

Devon Norse continues working for a Sugar Smart Devon

May 2019

Devon Norse has reaffirmed its commitment to continue providing healthy and nutritious school meals for the children of the county, following an interactive workshop for catering staff organised by Sugar Smart Devon.


The company was in 2017 one of the first in Devon to adopt the aims of the organisation, which is fighting to reduce sugar overconsumption nationwide through a series of local networks.


Devon Norse, which serves about 15,000 school meals a day, has recapped its continuing work on providing healthy school meals by reassuring parents:


*All Devon Norse menus are designed to ensure they are reduced in synthetic/processed sugars and contain fresh fruits and vegetables that provide natural sugars.
*All Devon Norse Key Account Managers are Sugar Staff Ambassadors, which means they attend mandatory workshops and training monthly to stay abreast of campaigns, changes in the programme and receive workshop information. Training of catering staff in schools remains a high and continuing priority.
*Staff attend events such as Farmwise and the Devon County Show, running interactive workshops with primary school students, educating them on the risks of consuming too much sugar and pointing out where hidden sugars are often found.
Matt Wilby, Managing Director of Devon Norse was involved in the workshop and commented: “Our school meals are well recognised for their excellence in terms of being nutritionally well balanced, frequently locally sourced and tasty to eat.


“However, as a socially responsible company, Devon Norse has no hesitation in continuing to work constructively with Sugar Smart Devon, as we strive to imaginatively reduce sugar consumption wherever possible.”


The workshop, presented by Dr Tamsin Newlove-Delgado from the University of Exeter and Andrew Priest from Devon Public Health,  was attended by Devon Norse operational, account and kitchen managers and was designed to help attendees understand the public health challenges around nutrition and sugar.


Andrew Priest, from Devon Public Health commented: “As a major supplier to Devon schools, we are thrilled to work with Devon Norse to raise awareness of this issue and to identify ways in which our children can reduce the amount of sugar they consume.”


Too much sugar can lead to the build-up of harmful fat, leading weight gain and serious conditions such as Type 2 diabetes - which people are getting younger than ever before - heart disease and some cancers.


It can also cause tooth decay - every 10 minutes, a child in England has a tooth removed in hospital.