February: Mayors Blog

January 30 2017

By now many Voice readers will have had the chance to review the Council’s new budget proposals and updates to the draft corporate strategy launched in January.

More sport, less sugar is a smart idea

By now many  Voice readers will have had the chance to review the Council’s new budget proposals and updates to the draft corporate strategy launched in January. These documents outline how we propose funding top priorities for the city including my seven key commitments and vital services.

I’m grateful for all the thoughts and ideas that were given to us during the initial consultation at the end of last year and I understand that some of the savings ideas aren’t popular. Many other places made these hard decisions a long time ago. Bristol is being forced to catch up and if we don’t do it now we will lose any chance of making savings in a planned, controlled way which can take into account of the needs of local people.

A new round of detailed consultation is planned from late January looking at how the Council will implement some of the latest savings proposals, if they are approved.  You can also submit questions to be answered at next month’s special budget-focused full Council meeting on Tuesday February 21. In order to be considered, please get your questions to us by 5pm on February 15 by emailing democratic.services@bristol.gov.uk. 

Elsewhere, we are also working hard to support those in Bristol aiming to improve their own health and fitness during 2017. Not only has Bristol got a wealth of active health groups which aim to make sport and health more accessible, but this is also the city’s year as a European City of Sport. In January I met 150 key individuals from sporting organisations across the city to discuss the vision for the year ahead and how to develop sporting opportunities for Bristol. • bristol.gov.uk/cityofsport2017

 Staying fit and healthy is not just about exercise. What we eat and drink also has a big impact. Last month was the launch of Bristol’s bid to become a Sugar Smart City. Alongside the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, Bristol Sport Foundation and UWE, we want to raise awareness of where sugar is hidden in food so that we can all make more informed choices.

Current data shows that 57% of adults and over a third of 10-11 year olds are now overweight in the city – and a quarter of five-year-olds in Bristol have tooth decay.  Not only this, but the number of cases of life threatening diseases related to a poor diet, such as Type 2 diabetes, is increasing.

Many of these conditions can be traced to eating too much sugar. While it can be easy to point out some foods to avoid, some are much harder to spot. If you would like to take action for yourself and your family I would encourage you to head to the website below to discover how we can all eat smarter in the year ahead. sugarsmartbristol.co.uk