The Challenge

Going Sugar Free for 30 days is a challenge. 

Living with Muscular Dystrophy is much harder!

WhatSugar Free September

When1 - 30 September

HowCut refined and added sugars from your diet

WhyGive sweet opportunities to kids and adults living with the challenges of progressive muscle wasting conditions such as Muscular Dystrophy

How it Works

1. Join the Challenge

Sign up, set up your fundraising page and start raising sweet support for people with MD.

2. Cut the sweet stuff

Go sugar free during September with the help of our sweet tips and fundraising guru.

3. Fundraise

Ask your friends and family to sponsor you to provide sweet opportunities for people with MD.

Fundraising

When you register you will be automatically set up with your own personal fundraising page. From there you can ask your friends, family and colleagues to support you during the challenge through a kind donation.

You can also make a team of friends or family, work colleagues or at your school. The more the merrier!

The funds you raise will help to empower, connect and support kids living with the devastating challenges of neuromuscular conditions, such as Muscular Dystrophy. Your fundraising will also motivate you to stay accountable and on track. 

10 Rules of Sugar Free September

We recommend that you cut out all refined and added sugars for the month of September, but ultimately it is up to you how much sugar you want to remove during the challenge.

These 10 worst offending sugars should be avoided: 

1.     Sweetened soft drinks
2.     Fruit juices
3.     Sugar we add to tea/coffee/cereal or use in cooking
4.     Jam and spreads
5.     Biscuits, cakes and muffins
6.     Lollies
7.     Chocolate
8.     Ice cream and desserts
9.     Flavoured milks
10.   Low fibre, high sugar cereals

Natural sugars, like honey and maple syrup, are ok to have during the challenge because they are natural. If you really want to give all sugars the boot you can remove these natural sugars as well. 

Healthy benefits

The potential benefits of participating in the Sugar Free September Challenge are an improvement in health, increased levels of creativity and problem solving, increase in energy and wellbeing, plus all the good vibes that come with supporting some really AWESOME kids!

The truth about sugar

Evidence proves the health benefits of limiting added and refined sugars. 

The Australian health survey tells us that we consume 22kg of free sugars each year, which equates to around 14 teaspoons of sugar each day. Because we may not add a lot of sugar to our foods and drinks, most of us are unaware of how much "hidden" sugar we are actually consuming.

What is the link between Muscular Dystrophy and sugar?

Apart from advocating healthy lifestyle choices for people living with Muscular Dystrophy, there is no specific link between sugar and muscle wasting conditions.

Try cutting sugar from your day and you’ll soon realise that it’s really tough...but not as tough as living with Muscular Dystrophy!

Here at Muscular Dystrophy NSW we love people who challenge themselves and use their strengths to empower others. By offering a challenge that promotes a healthy lifestyle, we aim to empower you too.

Thank you for making a difference!