A scheme that recognises and rewards food businesses in Redcar and Cleveland for their commitment to improving the nutritional quality of the food they serve was launched at our campus on 30th September 2014.
The scheme, which gives consumers the ability to make more informed and healthier food choices, is part of Redcar and Cleveland’s public health strategy aimed at tackling obesity and diet-related ill-health. Councillor Sheelagh Clarke, cabinet member for health and social well-being in Redcar & Cleveland, said: “In Redcar and Cleveland the number of adults who eat a healthy diet is significantly worse than the England average. Therefore, improving access to healthy foods and encouraging businesses to improve the nutritional quality of the food they serve, particularly to children and young people, is vital to improving the health and wellbeing of local people.
“The Food4Health scheme, which has been hugely successfully in Middlesbrough, is an excellent initiative that offers support to our local food outlets and rewards them for their achievement in meeting demand for good quality nutritious food. I hope that every business will strive to make their food healthier for residents and visitors to Redcar and Cleveland. Erika Grunert, Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Health Protection & Health Care Quality Manager said: “Good nutrition has a key role to play both in the prevention and management of diet-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Healthy eating, especially during childhood and into adult life, is essential to healthy growth and development and in establishing healthy lifestyle behaviours.
“The choices people make about food has far reaching consequences on their health and prosperity and food businesses are ideally situated to raise awareness of the need to eat healthier foods. We have adopted and invested in the Food4Health awards scheme as a means to support food businesses to meet consumer demand for healthy food and to help customers make better informed food choices.
“The awards scheme is open to all food businesses, except for retailers of pre-packed foods, and businesses can work to achieve either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. Each award looks at the foods and ingredients used, the methods of preparing and cooking food, the information given to consumers and the way the business promotes healthy eating principals.”
Redcar and Cleveland Council has been working with schools in the borough as the first stage in implementing the award scheme and four schools, including our campus, Newcomen Primary School. Lockwood Primary School and Lingdale Primary School were awarded Gold Food4Health Awards at the launch on 30th September 2014. Students welcomed visitors to the awards by playing music and offering refreshments. Andrew Marsden, our Campus Catering Manager said: “here we understand the importance and benefits of providing healthy meals to our students. It has always been our aim to ensure the food we serve meets the dietary needs of our students and we are delighted to receive recognition for this by achieving a Gold Food4Health Award.”