Congratulations to class 4N for winning the GULP competition for Blackpool and their prize was the highropes located at Stanley park, Blackpool

Students across Blackpool were encouraged to ditch sugary pop for healthy swaps.

Running for the second year, Blackpool Council’s Give up Loving Pop (Gulp) campaign encouraged Blackpool students to take part in a 21 day challenge to give up sugary drinks with the hope that they will switch to healthier drinks such as low fat milk for good.

11-18 year olds are the biggest consumers of sugary drinks. Young people drink almost a bath full of sugary drinks every year and 46% of 15 year olds now have tooth decay.

Figures released in 2015 from Public Health England (PHE) showed that children aged between 4-18 were getting 30% of their sugar intake from sugary drinks.

As a result of this, 40% of the town’s 10 and 11 year olds are classed as overweight according to the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).

The Gulp campaign aims to tackle excessive sugary intake in a bid to stop them developing potential multiple health complications including: heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.