Wakefield businesses encouraged to join the eatwell award


Businesses across Wakefield are being encouraged to nominate themselves for the local eatwell award to show they are offering the public 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 members of the public and employees to use a 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 people eat well, move more and live longer.

As part of the award establishments must mark healthier food and drink choices on menus to help people lead a healthier lifestyle. In addition the premises have to have demonstrated good standards of food hygiene at the 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 vegetables and less fats and salts. Those meeting the grade get our eatwell award so the public can know where to pick up a healthy meal."

Any organisation that serves food can apply to gain the eatwell award including school canteens, residential homes, cafes and restaurants. 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.

Wakefield businesses encouraged to join the eatwell award

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