meal deals could undo the benefits of the sugar tax

From April, the UK government’s sugar tax will make 500ml bottles of high-sugar drinks cost an extra 14p, and two litre bottles an extra 58p. The higher price is intended to steer people towards choosing lower-sugar drinks. But promotions, such as “meal deals”, could make the sugar tax meaningless by negating the price difference….

interested?  – please see my short piece in The Conversation – and forward to your networks:

sugar debate -friday december 1s

Sugar debate: sweet poison: is the demonization of sugar justified?

Participation open to all.

Speakers include Tatiana Christides, President, Food & Health Forum, Royal Society of Medicine

Alison Thomson – West Sussex Award winning sugar reduction programme

Checkland building room A500, from 3.15 pm until 5pm.

This seminar is part of the MDM83 Nutrition in Public Health module.

Brighton to be one of the sites to commence trial PREP

NHS England has announced the start of an implementation trial to provide HIV prevention drugs to people at high risk of HIV infection.  From September, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will be provided by the NHS through the initial three year trial to an estimated 10,000 people, Sexual health clinics in London, Brighton, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield are expected to be amongst the first to start enrolling people in the impact trial.

Additional link: BBC News report

with thanks to Frankie Marcelline, Public Health Specialist Librarian
The Library, Audrey Emerton Building, Royal Sussex County Hospital for the news

Student research – news

Three of our students are actively doing fieldwork for their dissertations over the summer. The breadth of topics is exciting and there is a clear link with listening to the perspectives of young people, from views of service users in drug prevention interventions, sexual health and the further education college environment.

Two part time students graduate this summer after completing dissertations on mental health, and stroke prevention.