MHA Becomes a Water-Only Academy

At Manchester Health Academy, the health and wellbeing of our students is a main priority.  We are proud of our status as a Healthy School, and work closely with our main sponsors, MFT and the Healthy Schools Team to stay at the cutting edge of healthy school provision.

As an Academy we have a responsibility to reduce sugar content in the food and drink we give to our students.  Following a review of our practices, we have therefore decided to become a Water-Only Academy, and we hope that parents/carers will support us in this.

We looked at the drinks that we sold in our dining room and found that they contain between 9g-16g of sugar per drink, while pure orange juice contains approximately 8.4g per 100ml.  15g of sugar is equivalent to 3 teas of sugar, which is a lot –  the Government recommends that children aged 11 years limit their sugar to 30g per day.

For more information about healthy eating and drinking, and a useful app, visit the Change4Life website.

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Sugar from drinks and juice account for more than third of the sugars that children between the age of 4 and 18 years consume each day:

Sugar Pie Chart

Too much sugar can lead to the build up of harmful fat on the inside that we can’t see.  This fat around vital organs can cause weight gain and serious diseases in the future like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.  Having too much sugar can also cause tooth decay.

Obesity rates in Manchester:

  • 8% of reception age children are overweight or obese.
  • 3% of year 6 children are overweight or obese.

It is also about children’s learning – students  who are well hydrated can concentrate for longer and learn well.

Here are the Government’s recommendations for a balanced diet:

Eatwell Guide

If you have any questions about the change to Water-Only, please contact the School Nurse, Anna Davies, or our Director of Specialism, Mrs Walker, on 0161 998 3992 or e-mail admins@manchesterhealthacademy.org.uk.