A healthy eating scheme aimed at promoting nutritious food when dining out has welcomed its 150th member.
The Cafeology at Godalming Leisure Centre, was named as the latest recipient of Surrey County Council Trading Standards’ Eat Out Eat Well award.
The eatery was honoured during a presentation at the cafe on Wednesday, 6 February, by Michael Gosling who is Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health and Joint Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board.
He said: “It is important for local businesses and other organisations to recognise the need to provide customers with a choice of healthy options. I look forward to seeing the next 150 businesses win this award.”
Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Eat Out Eat Well has proved a great success thanks in part to people’s appetite for nutritious food, because as well as being healthy, it is also very tasty. By encouraging restaurants, cafes and canteens to provide nutritious options, we are giving people the chance to make a healthy choice when they want to.
“During the assessment process we looked at the way food is prepared, the ingredients used, whether there are healthy options for children, how staff are trained and how healthier choices are promoted.”
An evaluation of the scheme conducted by the University of Surrey showed more positive feedback, with participants stating that they would be ‘more likely to choose a catering establishment with the award’. Previous venues to receive the accolade include staff restaurants, hospital canteens, sandwich bars and schools.
Eat Out Eat Well was introduced by Surrey County Council Trading Standards in June 2009 and mirrors proposals from the Department for Health’s white paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People, suggesting that councils should drive public health locally by encouraging healthier lifestyles.
Organisations involved in the campaign include the Department of Health, NHS Surrey, the University of Surrey, Trading Standards, and Environmental Health in local borough councils. Entrance to the award is free and promotional material is supplied to winners at no extra cost.
As well as encouraging healthier food options, Eat Out Eat Well rewards caterers who increase their use of fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates while limiting their use of fats, sugar and salt. It also encourages healthy options for children. A poor diet plays a major role in heart disease and some cancers. Obesity causes about 18 million sick days and 30,000 deaths a year in England alone.
More information on award winners and the Eat Out Eat Well scheme can be found here.
Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259.
Notes to editor
The Eat Out Eat Well Evaluation Executive Summary was carried out by Dr Margaret Lumbers of University of Surrey.
The Department for Health’s white paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People was published in November 2010.
Winners are assessed again after two years or earlier if there is a change in ownership.