Healthier living for all
Leading a healthy lifestyle is good for all of us and here at Boots UK we recognise why it’s so high on the Government’s agenda and want to do our bit to help. Eating well and taking regular exercise are positive steps to tackling a wide range of health issues including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Unfortunately, recent statistics here in the UK don’t make healthy reading:
- Obesity is a growing problem for both adults and children. In 2014, 24% of men and 27% of women, 16% of girls and 19% of boys aged 2 to 15 were classed as obese (Health Survey for England, 2014)
- On average, we eat too much saturated fat, salt, and added sugar, and not enough fruit, vegetables, fibre and oily fish. Some groups, particularly adolescents, have low intakes of some minerals. The majority of adults consume less than the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
- Average salt intake in adults is an estimated 8.0 grams per day, which is 33% above the recommended maximum of 6 grams
- Lack of exercise is known to contribute to poor health. In 2012, only 33%% of men and 23% of women were achieving the recommended levels of aerobic and muscle strengthening activity to benefit their health
Our healthier living credentials
As the UK’s largest health and beauty chain, we believe that Boots UK has a role to play in helping everyone tackle obesity and lead a healthier lifestyle.
We want to use our expertise to help our customers make positive changes and live healthier lives. This goal is reflected in both the range of products we offer and the way we develop them:
- Our healthy eating foods, drinks and snacking products are developed in accordance with healthy eating guidelines for fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt in particular
- Our nutrition labelling is clear and informative
- We offer products to support breastfeeding mothers and have developed a wide range of baby and toddler foods and drinks to support weaning and the transition to adult foods
- We offer an extensive range of vitamins and nutritional supplements to complement a healthy diet
- We have products and services to help our customers manage their weight
- We help our customers make positive changes in their lives to improve their health, such as stopping smoking and being more physically active
Reducing salt levels
Since 2011 we've continued to help deliver our commitment to reduce the average person’s salt intake. In April 2014 we reported good progress, meeting the salt targets in 67% of our reported salt categories.
Reducing sugar levels
We have begun reducing the visibility of chocolate and sweets throughout our stores, and since mid-April 2016, all chocolate and sweets have been removed from our tills.
As part of our commitment to healthier living we have strict nutrition criteria for Boots Shapers, Delicious, Nutritious and Jamie Oliver ranges of food, drink and snacking products. We introduced the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Traffic Light colour coding in May 2007 to help our customers really understand their food’s healthy eating credentials.
For each product you can instantly see the amount of calories, fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt in a serving, the percentage Reference Intake contribution combined with the traffic light colour code that indicates whether the levels are high (red), medium (amber) or low (green) in line with government guidance.