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Allerdale Borough Council calls for more businesses to highlight healthy eating choices

14 July 2015

Allerdale Borough Council is searching for more local food businesses that incorporate and encourage healthy options into their menus to enter its Healthy Menu Awards.

The Healthy Menu Awards are open to all food businesses; from sandwich shops, takeaways, restaurants, cafes, public houses and hotels, to clubs, canteens, leisure and community centres. The Council wants to highlight these businesses by celebrating their menus as best practice to support healthy eating choices. 

To qualify for the award, businesses must maintain a satisfactory level of food hygiene and provide healthier food choices; such as encouraging the availability of low sugar, low fat and low salt options. These should be available every day, with healthier techniques and ingredients incorporated into the general catering practice.

Little Chamonix café in Keswick received a Healthy Menu Award in May 2015. Ellen Botterill, owner of Little Chamonix, said: “I completed a Food & Nutrition degree last summer so healthy eating is really important to me. When I made the decision to open my own café, there was never any doubt in my mind that the menu would be full of fresh fruit and vegetables and lots of salad. Thankfully our customers also love it and are delighted by the fresh, colourful food we serve and particularly our side salads, which are like rainbows on a plate!

“We’re really proud to be one of just a few businesses to have received Allerdale’s Healthy Menu Award and would recommend that other businesses consider entering the Awards. We are constantly striving for new ways to develop and improve our healthy menus, and just recently we have introduced porridge and muesli as alternative breakfast options.”

Two other Workington businesses, Al’s Kitchen and Aramark at Eastman’s Chemicals have also received Healthy Menu Awards since the launch of the scheme in 2014.

Councillor Konrad Hansen, Executive Member for Regulatory Services at Allerdale Borough Council, said: “The Healthy Menu Awards are a fantastic way of promoting those local businesses who offer a well-rounded menu that incorporates and encourages healthy eating alternatives. The previous winners have shown that, just by making small changes to ingredient choices, customers can enjoy healthier dishes, which will offer longer term health benefits.”

There is also a separate ‘Healthier Menus for Schools Award’ for any schools interested in being recognised for promoting healthier eating to their pupils. Keswick School and St Joseph’s School in Workington have already obtained this award.

More information and advice on applying for a Healthy Menu Award is available by visiting http://www.allerdale.gov.uk/environment-and-waste/environmental-health/food-safety/healthy-menu-awards.aspx.

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