Local food outlets in the Wakefield District that offer healthier eating choices and are helping to create a healthier community are all being recognised at a special awards ceremony.
The joint ceremony for holders of the Healthy Business Award and the eatwell Award will take place at Wakefield Town Hall on Tuesday 19th March and will be attended by businesses that have achieved awards during 2012/2013.
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 people to find a food outlet that offers healthier 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 the eatwell team so local people can be assured of high quality food and hygiene.
This year 35 businesses will be presented with the award for their premises, including schools, residential homes, cafes, hotels and workplace canteens.
As well as the eatwell award the Wakefield Healthy Business Award has been developed to give recognition to workplaces who take positive steps to improve employee health and wellbeing and improve the environmental performance of their organisation.
This year’s winners will be presented with their awards by Wakefield Mayor, Councillor Elaine Blezard. A number of speakers will also be attending the event including the Trust’s community food and health development worker Carrie Fennell.
Speaking about the eatwell award Carrie Fennell said, “Throughout the past 12 months we have continued to work with local food outlets to encourage them to produce and provide healthier food choices, with more vegetables and less fats and salt. Those meeting the grade get our award so local people know where to pick up a healthier meal. This ceremony for both the eatwell and the Healthy Business awards is a great opportunity to celebrate businesses that practise high standards of food quality and hygiene. Together both awards are contributing to improving the health of the local community and to tackle the growing problem of obesity. ”
Any organisation that serves food can apply to gain the eatwell award. Look out for the eatwell logo in windows and on menus.
To find out how to get involved with both awards contact the Environmental Health Department on 0845 8 506506.