Food businesses receive awards for healthy food choices
Humphrey's Café at Campus West and Mill Green Museum's café are the first food businesses in the borough to receive certificates as part of a pioneering new scheme to promote healthier food choices.
The scheme, Eat Out Eat Well, is an award scheme aimed at encouraging food businesses to provide healthy eating options as part of their menu choices.
Food businesses in the borough that meet food hygiene and food standards legislation can sign up to the scheme, which includes the opportunity to receive free accredited nutrition training for all employees. All participating businesses will be listed on the Eat Out Eat Well website and will receive a certificate and window sticker to display.
The award works on a three tier system with bronze, silver and gold awards. The awards are based on a scoring system that takes into account the food on offer, cooking methods and how the business promotes the food to their customers.
The scheme focuses on keeping sugar, salt and fat to a minimum; making fruit and vegetables widely available; basing main meals on starchy carbohydrates and marketing and promoting healthier options.
Councillor Fiona Thomson, Executive Member for Public Health, said:
With eating out becoming a large part of people's lives and the increasing demand for healthy food choices, this scheme could help give your business a competitive edge. There's been a lot in the media about people finding it hard to make 'healthy' choices when they're out and about and this will really help them understand where to go to satisfy their taste buds without affecting your waistline.
Originally developed in Surrey, Eat Out, Eat Well was first piloted in June 2009 and currently operates across eight counties in Southern England, with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council being the first authority in Hertfordshire to implement the awards.
For more information, including how to sign up to the scheme, visit www.eatouteatwell.org