Vote For Child Health

Five young people standing on Parliament square in front of Parliament looking ready to bite back at the food system.

Giant food companies flood our world with unhealthy products, and it’s endangering the health of our generation. But we have a huge opportunity to fight back this year — a General Election is coming, and YOU can vote for change!

We’re facing a global epidemic of food-related ill health. Almost 1 in 3 children aged 2-15 are at higher risk of food related illness in their futures.

The good news? We can stop it.

The better news? The General Election is coming up and we have a huge opportunity to influence politicians and get child health at the top of the political agenda.

We have some exciting plans in the works — but we need your help! The more of us that come together, the louder our voices will be in calling on the next Government to protect child health.

As one of our young activists says, 'Be on the right side of history. Politicians have the power to change the food system. It’s time to act now to protect the health of our generation.'

Whether this is your first election, or you’ve voted loads of times before, we’re all in this together — join us and become a Children’s Health Champion today! In doing so, we will:

  • Keep you in the loop with all our General Election campaigning
  • Send you our special election toolkit, plus other handy resources to help you get ready to vote and engage with your local candidates
  • Invite you to a bespoke online activist training session on how to lobby effectively
  • And much more!

What are we calling for?

Bite Back’s Manifesto

Whatever happens at the next election, the incoming Government will have the power to bring in new policies that will impact all of our lives. We are urging all political parties to commit to protecting children’s health with the following measures:

Hold big food companies to higher healthier standards, protecting children

All children deserve to grow up free from targeting by junk food giants on their phones, social media feeds and on their way to school. Yet vital new junk food marketing laws have not been fully implemented and food companies are free to plaster cute, cuddly cartoons and misleading health claims over unhealthy foods.

Ensure all children have access to healthy, nutritious food throughout their school day

Children spend around 190 days in school every year — one of the only places where access to nutritious food can be guaranteed, enabling all children to thrive. But for too many children, this is not their reality. 900,000 children living in poverty miss out on free school meals and the food that is most affordable and available to teenagers is often low quality.

Rebalance the wider food system through new commercial incentives

The food industry is locked in a cycle which makes it more profitable to produce highly processed, unhealthy food — meaning junk food floods our world and is more affordable than healthy options. We need to shift incentives towards healthy and sustainable food.

Create the conditions to make high streets healthy

The places young people spend time in are flooded with unhealthy food options, with the most deprived areas worst affected. National planning policy can better protect children by allowing councils to prioritise health in planning decisions.

Explore a ‘net zero’ equivalent target for health and build on successful climate policies

The introduction of a carbon net zero target has had a profound effect in mobilising change. What could this look like for health?

Become A Children's Health Champion