Businesses across Northamptonshire are being invited to an ‘Eat Out, Eat Well’ event next week in which healthy eating and hygiene awareness will be celebrated and discussed.
The successful healthy eating event for businesses will take place at 2pm on Wednesday 11th October at the Ritz in Desborough.
The event will not only celebrate those businesses who have successfully achieved the Eat Out Eat Well award but will also be a chance for new businesses to get all the information they need about the award system and its benefits. There will be talks from successful award holders explaining the positive effects the award has had on their business and Environmental Health staff will be at hand to discuss the how your business can achieve the same as well as any food hygiene related questions.
Eat Out Eat Well was developed by Surrey County Council with the aid of Surrey University to develop a recognised healthy eating award which could be adopted by businesses and promoted by councils to show that the business operates not only good standard of food hygiene awareness, but also their menu choices for customers offers a number of healthy options.
The award has been running successfully for 2 years in Northamptonshire (the county previously used the Heartbeat award) and over 103 premises have successfully achieved the award.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Mark Pengelly, said:
‘We want to encourage food businesses to provide healthier options to customers by increasing fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates and decreasing fat, especially saturated fat, sugar and salt in the food that they offer. The award also recognises the provision of health options for children, rewards staff training and promotion and the marketing of healthier options.
‘Obesity is a growing epidemic in the UK and causes more than 30,000 deaths a year in England alone. Diet plays a major role in heart disease and has been linked to some cancers. It’s more important than ever for food outlets to help consumers make the right choices.
‘We would therefore encourage businesses that are interested in achieving the award or learning a bit more about it to come along to this free event and get all the information they need on becoming our next Eat Out Eat Well business in the county.’
Any businesses interested in attending the Eat Out Eat Well event will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to book their place, simply stating the name of their businesses and how many staff members they would like to attend.
The Eat Out Eat Well award is good for:
- Both businesses and customers
- Businesses could make a huge contribution to improving customers’ diet and health by providing healthier food choices
- Food businesses will have public recognition for achieving the award and could enhance their image as a responsible business that puts customers first. The award could give you a competitive edge and increase customer satisfaction as the demand for healthier choices continue to grow – many manufacturers and retailers who have introduced healthier options are seeing growth in sales
- Customers will be able to benefit from the freedom to select a healthy option, giving them more control over what they choose to eat that will ultimately benefit their health.
The Eat Out Eat Well award has been developed to reward caterers who make it easier for their customers to make healthy choices when eating out. It has four levels – bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The level of award is based on a scoring system that takes into account the type of food on offer, cooking methods and how you promote it to your customers. The higher the score, the higher the level of award. To get a gold award, key members of staff will need accredited/recognised training in nutrition and the Platinum award can only be achieved by hitting the Government’s Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services.