“Little Helps for healthier living” partnership: British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and Tesco partner to help tackle the biggest health challenges

“Little Helps for healthier living” partnership: British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and Tesco partner to help tackle the biggest health challenges

 

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three of the UK’s leading health charities have today come together with the UK’s leading food retailer to help tackle the nation’s biggest health challenges.

The partnership, “Little Helps for healthier living”, will bring together the skills and expertise of the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Diabetes UK and Tesco to help lower the risk of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.

Over the next five years, the four organisations will work together to help Tesco’s 300,000 UK colleagues and millions of UK shoppers by removing barriers to healthier habits. Since 2015, Tesco shopping baskets have got healthier each year, and the new partnership will aim to speed up this progress with Little Helps that make a lasting difference to Britain’s shopping baskets.

A key starting point for this work will be to establish the UK’s leading workplace health programme, helping Tesco colleagues to be at their best at work and at home. The workplace health programme will build on a series of steps taken by Tesco over the last 12 months, including healthy deals and discounts, free health checks, and a growing focus on supporting the mental health of colleagues.

The four organisations have pledged to share the findings from their work across the wider UK health community to help accelerate progress towards national and international public health goals. The aim is to bring about a measurable improvement to the health of the nation, by developing Little Helps that make a healthy difference to shopping baskets all over Britain.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the new partnership, Dave Lewis, Chief Executive of Tesco, said:

“I’m really excited by what we’re announcing today. This is a unique partnership, which will bring together the skills and expertise of the UK’s leading health charities and the UK’s leading food retailer to help tackle the biggest health challenges facing the nation.

Together with the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, and Diabetes UK, we want to help people take small steps on their own terms to develop healthier habits. It’s about unlocking the energy, expertise and reach of our different organisations to develop little helps that make healthy differences across the whole country.”

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said:

“This unique partnership has the potential to significantly lower the risk of some of the UK’s deadliest diseases. Working together, we can create initiatives that inspire people to take steps to change their behaviour. Measuring the impact of these initiatives could also pave the way for new and innovative strategies for empowering staff and communities to take control of their health in ways that can be adopted across the country.”

Sir Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, said:

“This is a landmark moment in our relationship with Tesco, which has already run for an incredible 16 years. This new partnership has the potential to transform the health of millions of people. We’re excited about the opportunity to engage Tesco colleagues and customers across the UK to increase awareness of cancer and encourage simple lifestyle changes that can help lower their risk of the disease.

The partnership builds on the success of Tesco’s longstanding commitment to Race for Life, which has already encouraged millions of women to get active across the country.”

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said:

“This powerful new partnership has the potential to meet, head on, some of the biggest health challenges facing people living in the UK today.

Today is an exciting day: Together, we’ll be able to reach the millions of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer, and help them make positive changes to their health in a way we’d never have been able to do working alone.”

Over the next five years, the new partnership will help to encourage and support sustainable, measurable changes in behaviour, through a series of targeted activities and campaigns aimed at reducing the risk of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. These will include:

  • Developing the UK’s leading workplace health programme for Tesco’s 300,000 UK colleagues
  • Aligning communication campaigns in store and online with national health campaigns;
  • Training Tesco pharmacists to help them better support customers in the prevention and management of heart and circulatory disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes;
  • Sharing anonymised sales information to help develop insight on health policy and public health programmes;
  • Fundraising for more health research – innovative and engaging fundraising initiatives that help customers and colleagues raise money for the three charities.

Notes to Editors:

The British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK are three of the UK’s leading health charities. More details on each organisation can be found here:

www.bhf.org.uk

www.cancerresearchuk.org

www.diabetes.org.uk

Tesco plc is the largest retailer in the UK. More details on our business and our approach to corporate responsibility can be found here:

www.tescoplc.com/little-helps-plan

We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701

Source: Tesco

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Tesco raised funds for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation during Land’s End to John O’Groats charity walk

Thousands of Tesco colleagues have walked in relay from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise funds for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco colleagues from across the UK have completed their epic charity walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

The massive month long event was put together to raise funds for Tesco’s National Charity Partnership with Diabetes UK (DUK) and the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The route was unique to Tesco and specifically designed to take in as many stores and distribution centres as possible. It passed 150 stores along the way.

More than 4,000 Tesco colleagues from stores, offices and distribution centres across the UK all took part, with the route broken down into 51 ‘legs’ of 5km, 10km, 25km and 50km. Separate walks also took place in Wales and Northern Ireland. Overall the walk is expected to have raised more than £1 million.

As well as Tesco colleagues from all parts of the business, Olympic Gold Medallist Greg Rutherford joined walkers for their head office leg in Welwyn Garden City, alongside Tesco UK CEO Matt Davies.

Tesco UK CEO, Matt Davies said: “I couldn’t be more proud of colleagues from across the UK who have joined this fantastic event and raised important funds for our National Charity Partnership. I have loved joining colleagues at a number of walks and hearing the stories of others as the walk has made its way from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

“Over the last few years we’ve managed to raise an incredible £21m for our National Charity Partnership and this event has again demonstrated our commitment and the wonderful spirit of Tesco colleagues in going the extra mile for these fantastic causes.”

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “Huge congratulations to all Tesco colleagues for completing their epic challenge and raising such an incredible amount of money for our partnership. Type 2 diabetes is a serious and potentially devastating condition; it can double your risk of heart and circulatory disease and lead to other complications such as sight loss and nerve damage, but the majority of cases are preventable. Thanks to Tesco’s support and fundraising, our National Charity Partnership is able to continue its vital work in preventing as many future cases of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease as possible – two of the biggest health threats in the UK today.”

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “People living with diabetes are 2-3 times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke and this figure is set to increase as the population ages and levels of obesity rise. There is an urgent need for more research to better understand, treat and prevent heart disease, and money raised through our National Charity Partnership will help us deliver those breakthroughs. At the same time, we are providing practical support to help families reduce their risk of developing these conditions. We simply could not do this without the commitment of every single Tesco colleague and are immensely grateful for their support.”

Money raised for Tesco’s National Charity Partnership is helping to fund the vital and ongoing work of Diabetes UK and the BHF. It is also funding a series of online and community-based initiatives to help people make small, positive changes to their lifestyle to boost their health and reduce their risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. So far, the partnership has reached more than 17 million people with its healthy lifestyle messages, helped around one million people get more active and supported thousands of families to enjoy nutritious meals made from scratch.

You can find out more about Tesco’s Great Walk at thegreattescowalk.com and about their National Charity Partnership at tescocharitypartnership.org.uk.
#TheGreatTescoWalk

Notes to editors:

• Tesco is committed to helping its colleagues, customers and communities live healthier lives.
• In 2016, Tesco was the first retailer to launch the Free Fruit for Kids initiative in the UK, which offers free fruit to children in store while their parents shop. The initiative is now available in more than 800 stores nationwide. In January 2015, Tesco was the first major retailer to remove sweets and chocolate from checkouts across all its stores.

Source: Tesco

Tesco announces further reductions of sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks

Tesco announces further reductions of sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks
Tesco announces further reductions of sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks

 

Tesco reaches next reformulation milestone in bid to give customers healthier choices.

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its ongoing commitment to reduce the sugar, fat and salt content across all its own brands to help Britain’s shoppers make healthier choices, today (7 Nov 2016) Tesco has announced further reductions to sugar levels in its own brand soft drinks. The drinks will be available in Tesco stores from Friday, 11 November.

The move supports the increasingly recognised recommendation that sugars should make up no more than 5 per cent of people’s daily diet and halves the sugar content in some products including Tesco Cola.

Matt Davies, Tesco UK and ROI CEO said: “This is just one part of our plans to make the food on our shelves healthier by reducing levels of sugar, salt and fat in our own brands.

“We have worked to make sure our soft drinks still taste great, just with less sugar. Tesco customers are now consuming on average over 20 per cent less sugar from our soft drinks than in 2011.

“We’re hoping this initiative will help make it a little easier for our customers to live more healthily.”

Chris Askew, Diabetes UK CEO welcomed the move, saying: “Helping customers lead healthier lives by reducing sugar in its own brand soft drinks is a welcome move by Tesco. Similar action from other manufacturers and retailers to make products lower in sugar, saturated fat and salt is vital to tackle rising rates of obesity in the UK.

“Making the healthy choice the easy choice for all of us will help to tackle the rapidly rising number of people developing Type 2 diabetes.”

Tesco started reducing sugar in its soft drinks in 2011, and today the final 50 products in the 251-strong range have been reformulated to below 5 grams per 100ml. This work means the average Tesco customer is now consuming over 20 per cent less sugar from own brand soft drinks than they did in 2011.

In addition to its work on soft drinks, Tesco has also cut the salt, fat and sugar in over 4,200 of its own products since 2012 and has plans for reductions in a further 1,000 products each year for the next three years. For example, over 300 tonnes of saturated fat and 15 tonnes of salt have been removed from Tesco own brand butter and spreads. Over 65 tonnes of fat, 600 tonnes of sugar and 27 tonnes of salt have been removed from the Tesco own brand cooking sauces range.

Notes to Editors

  1. Further Tesco action on health:
  • In 2015 Tesco announced that all the children’s lunchbox-sized soft drinks it sells would have no added sugar in them.
  • In 2014 Tesco announced it would become the first major retailer to remove sweets and chocolates from its checkouts across all store formats, including smaller convenience stores.
  • Earlier this year Tesco introduced free fruit for kids in over 800 Tesco stores across the UK. This is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among kids that will stay with them as they grow up, and to make it easier for children to get the fruit and vegetables they need.
  • So far over one million children have visited farms, factories and Tesco stores to learn about where their food comes from and how to eat more healthily through Tesco’s Eat Happy project.
  1. Tesco is part of a long-term national partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation focused on improving the nation’s health.
  1. The SACN (Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition) report published in July 2015 included a recommendation that “the average population intake of free sugars should account for no more than 5% daily dietary energy intake”.
  2. Regular Tesco Cola previously contained 9.7g of sugar per 100ml and now contains 4.8g of sugar per 100ml. All products now contain less than 5g of sugar per 100ml.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701.

Source: Tesco

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