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Sugar Free for 70
Wednesday 6th June 2018 @ 16:50 by Adam Higgins

Our Appeal to you

This week we are throwing our weight behind a major health initiative aimed at tackling the growing problem of obesity.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS next month, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust is setting everyone a 70 day challenge.

By cutting back on the amount of sugar in your diet for a full 70 days – with the ultimate aim of eliminating sugar from your diet completely!

A special symposium to launch the challenge takes place on Wednesday, July 4, at Hyde Town Hall.

Here leading experts will explain the dangers of sugar in our diets and how we can adopt a sugar-free diet and lifestyle. You can register for the Ditching the Sugar symposium online (see the address below).

Among the speakers will be leading cardiologist, health campaigner and author Dr Aseem Malholtra, who hails from Tameside.

As previously reported his revolutionary Pioppi Diet continues to take the world by storm – and we’ll be asking for a number of volunteers to follow the 21-day sugar-free Pioppi Diet to tell us how they get on – and we’ll report your findings right here!

In the four week countdown to July 4 and the 70th celebrations of the NHS we’ll be looking further at the dangers of sugar, other people’s experiences of how reducing sugar from their diets has helped them and how you can do the same – all ready for the big day on July 4!

So, let the challenge begin…


Tameside Hospital leads the way

This year is the 70th anniversary of the NHS and experts believe its facing its biggest challenge ever – the growing health-related consequences of obesity.

The estimated annual cost to the NHS (67 per cent of men and 57 per cent of women are currently overweight or obese) is approximately £5billion, and that figure is set to rise.

As previously reported, Tameside Hospital has been playing its part to try to reduce the burden after becoming the very first hospital in the NHS to ditch sugary snacks and drinks from its restaurant following a staff weight loss Slimpod trial.

Snacks and sweets full of sugar have been swapped for healthier options and the only drinks available for staff and visitors are tea, coffee, milk and water.

Puddings have been off the menu since last summer and healthier food options containing no sugar and limited carbohydrates sell out as soon as they are served.

The next step is to encourage everyone across the region to help themselves – and improve their health outcomes – by cutting back and ultimately cutting out sugar from their diet.

With that in mind a special afternoon symposium will be held on Wednesday, July 4, at Hyde Town Hall where experts will explain and demonstrate how, by knowing the pitfalls, and support and education, people can adopt a sugar-free diet and lifestyle.


The line-up of speakers is impressive, and includes:

  • TV’s Dr Aseem Malholtra, the leading cardiologist and author.
  • Sandra Rycroft-Davis, founder of Slimpod, which has changed the eating behaviour of tens of thousands of people across the world.
  • Liz Windsor-Welsh, Chief Executive of Action Together.
  • Jane Pilkington, Innovation Lead for Prevention and Deputy Director for Population Health, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.
  • Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Manchester and former Health Secretary.
  • Angela Rayner MP for Ashton and Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

A call to arms will then go out to the people and organisations of Tameside and Glossop to cut down on sugar – and we want you to start thinking about that right now, in readiness for July 4.

Advice and support from then will be readily available across the area’s network of more than 1,000 voluntary organisations and charities, local schools and GP surgeries – from simple tips to cut down and suggestions on healthy alternatives.

This will be self-regulating, but we will ask people to weigh themselves before and after the challenge, and keep a diary of changes they notice in their health and wellbeing.

This will be used as the basis of continued support in the overall effort to reduce obesity levels and incidences of type 2 diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses.

To register for the Ditching the Sugar afternoon symposium at Hyde Town Hall, on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 you can go online to:


Creating the Pioppi Diet

Known as one of the most influential cardiologists in Britain, Dr Aseem Malhotra is the successful founder of the 21-day ‘Pioppi Diet’ plan.

Dr Aseem Malhotra, originally from Tameside, is a cardiologist and former clinical associate to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

He has been a qualified doctor for more than a decade operating on hundreds of patients with heart disease.

He was driven to begin his research, after visiting a heart patient he had just operated upon during his rounds.

While visiting the  ward the patient was served burger and chips courtesy of the  NHS for his lunch.

The patient turned to Dr Malhottra and stated: “How do you expect me to do so well when you are serving me the type of food that got me here in the first place?”

From that moment the cardiologist was driven to carry out a wide-range of research to explore the reasons for obesity.

He was a co-founder of Action on Sugar, a registered charity formed in 2014 by a group of specialists concerned about sugar and its impact on health.

His research to date has culminated in the creation of a 21-day plan called ‘The Pioppi Diet’ – a diet that avoids added sugar and refined carbs builds the diet around vegetables and fatty foods like oily fish and olive oil – and also includes simple exercises everyone can do.

Dr Malhotra, is a firm supporter of the 70-day challenge to ditching the sugar and will be a key speaker at the symposium at Hyde Town hall on July 4.

In the following weeks we’ll be spotlighting more about the diet – and appealing for volunteers to take it up and report their findings right here.


By Adele Lyth