100th Eat Out, Eat Well Award presented in Suffolk

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A Suffolk caterer has today received the 100th Eat Out, Eat Well award in Suffolk at a celebration event held at The Harbour Inn, Southwold.

Councillor Alaric Pugh, Simon Mainwood, West Suffolk Environmental Health teamT(n)S Catering Ltd, who cater for Stoke College, were presented with the award to recognise their commitment to provide healthier food options to customers using healthier catering practices, such as grilling instead of frying, and the use of healthier ingredients such as substituting high fat products for their lower fat alternatives. The award also recognises provision of healthy options for children, and rewards staff training and promotion and marketing of healthier options.

The award is assessed by local Environmental Health Officers and managed by the Public Health team at Suffolk County Council.

Councillor Tony Goldson, Cabinet Member for Health at Suffolk County Council, said:

“I am delighted that Suffolk has achieved 100 Eat Out Eat Well awards. It really demonstrates the commitment of caterers to provide healthier choices for customers who want to enjoy eating out, but with their health in mind.

“Balance is the key to getting a healthy diet right. This means eating a variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve a healthy body weight. Many of us choose to eat out as a treat now and then, and the Eat Out Eat Well award ensures that we have the option to eat more healthily.”

Councillor Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury Borough Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Growth, said:

“It is important to help all youngsters to eat healthily. Habits for later life are established early, so I am delighted that a school caterer in St Edmundsbury has won this 100th award.

“Obesity is a growing epidemic in the UK, causing more than 30,000 deaths a year in England and diet plays a major role in heart disease and has been linked to some cancers. It is more important than ever for caterers, restaurants or cafes to help consumers make the healthier choices and Eat Out, Eat Well is both the recognition and the support for those businesses that go that extra mile.”