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GETTING HEALTHY From left, Kelly Drury with her mum Angela, from Stamshaw, with some of the food they will be swapping. Picture: Sarah Standing (133636-3328)
GETTING HEALTHY From left, Kelly Drury with her mum Angela, from Stamshaw, with some of the food they will be swapping. Picture: Sarah Standing (133636-3328)
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IN A bid to lose weight, Angela Drury has signed up to a new campaign encouraging people to swap fatty foods for healthier options.

The NHS’s Change4Life has launched an initiative called Smart Swaps.

It aims to help families cut sugar and saturated fat from their everyday snacks, drinks and meals.

Cleaner Angela is on board with the scheme.

The 43-year-old, from Stamshaw, said: ‘Myself and my daughter Kelly want to lose weight.

‘I weigh 18st and would like to lose about eight stone.

‘I know my weakness is snacking, and in particular eating crisps, so I hope by swapping for healthier snacks will be a step in the right direction to losing weight.’

Portsmouth City Council is one of eight local authorities picked to trial the project.

Janet Maxwell, director of public health for Portsmouth, said: ‘This campaign is a great way to help the people of the area lose weight.

‘We know a lot of people like to aim to lose weight as part of their new year’s resolutions, so this year we wanted to offer our support to make it easier for them.’

A Change4Life roadshow will be coming to the Cascades shopping centre in Portsmouth on Sunday.

It will include a Change4Life team giving out advice and free goodies to those who want to lose weight, plus health trainers will be on hand to answer any questions.

Those who sign up will receive money-off vouchers and fridge magnets as well as supportive e-mails and texts throughout the month.

A free Smart Recipes app will also be available, which can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play.

To find out more information about the scheme, call (023) 9229 4001.

TOP OF THE SWAPS...

The aim of Change4Life’s Smart Swaps is to help cut sugar and saturated fat from your diet. The swaps include:

Sugary drinks

Fizzy drinks – even if they’re diet versions – can still damage teeth, so it’s best to only drink them with a meal and wherever possible, try swapping to water or skimmed or one per cent fat milk.

Cheese

Swap your family’s lunchtime cheese sandwiches for reduced fat cheese or use reduced fat cheese in your cooking and you could save nearly a third of a pint of fat per family over four weeks.

Butter

Swapping from butter to lower-fat spreads and you could save up to three quarters of a pint of fat per family over four weeks.

Cereal

Try swapping from sugary cereals to plain porridge, wholewheat cereal biscuits or plain shredded wholegrain and you could save up to 83 sugar cubes per family over four weeks.

Whole milk

By making the simple swap from whole milk to semi-skimmed milk, you could save up to a third of a pint of fat per family over four weeks.

Or, by switching semi-skimmed milk to skimmed or one per cent milk, you could save over half a small wine glass (125ml) of fat per family over four weeks.