Wakefield team helping people eat well and eat safe
Do you want to go out for some food but not sure where will offer you healthy options? Then look out for the eatwell award logo to pin point a food outlet which guarantees healthy choices in a good clean environment.
The eatwell award is run by the community food and health team in Wakefield, which is provided by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with the Environmental Health team and is designed to make it easier for you to find a local food outlet that offers healthy options.
The eatwell award helps businesses across the Wakefield District promote healthier food choices and maintain a good standard of food hygiene. All establishments that gain the award have been assessed by Wakefield Council Environmental Health and the food and health team, so you can be assured of high quality. The award also helps support the national Change4Life scheme, which is designed to help you eat well, move more and live longer.
Any establishments that hold the award will make the effort to mark healthier food and drink choices on menus making it easier for you to lead a healthier lifestyle when you’re out and about. In addition the premises will have demonstrated good standards of food hygiene at their last inspection.
Speaking about the scheme Carrie Fennell, community food and health development worker, said, “We’re working with local food outlets to encourage them to produce healthier food, with more veg and less fats and salts. Those meeting the grade get our eatwell award so you know where to pick up a healthy meal. The awards are aimed at encouraging food businesses to offer healthy food options so that even when you’re having a treat by eating out you can still be a little bit good!”
Any organisation that serves food can apply to gain the eatwell award including school canteens, residential homes, cafes and restaurants. Look out for the eatwell stickers in windows and on menus and why not encourage your local food outlet to get involved.
A full list of outlets that offer healthier choices in line with the Eatwell award are available online www.wakefield.gov.uk/Environment/FoodSafety/eatwell
The eatwell award is open to all caterers. Businesses can nominate themselves, or you may be nominated by an Environmental Health Officer or customer.
To find out how to get involved with the award contact the Environmental Health Department on 01924 305969.