The Food4Health Healthy Eating Award was developed by Middlesbrough Council in 2010 in partnership with NHS Middlesbrough and supported by the Middlesbrough Healthy Town programme. The purpose of the award is to support food businesses and other organisations to meet consumer demands for healthy food and enable their customers to make more informed healthier food choices.
Obesity is one of the most common causes of preventable death in England and is associated with a significant increase in health risks, including type two diabetes, CVD, and some cancers. If a child or young person is overweight or obese there is a high likelihood they will become an obese adult.
The Food4Health Award recognises and rewards businesses that offer healthy food and promote healthy eating. There are three levels of award: Bronze, Silver and Gold and each award considers the types of foods and ingredients that are used, how food is prepared and cooked and how the business promotes healthy eating. The award is free whilst those working towards achieving an award receive advice and support on nutrition and healthy catering practices from the specialist officer within the Commercial Team.
Who can apply for an award?
The awards are available to most food businesses. This includes restaurants, takeaways, hotels, public houses that serve meals, cafés, canteens, home caterers, children’s day nurseries, schools and sandwich shops that make sandwiches to order.
Retailers that only sell pre-packed foods may not be eligible for an award. This will depend on the level of control over the composition and labelling of the foods they sell.
Food businesses wishing to apply for an award must have demonstrated good hygiene standards and have a food hygiene rating of 3 or above. Visit www.food.gov.uk/ratings for more information on the hygiene rating scheme.
How long do Awards last?
Awards recognise the business’s achievement in providing healthier foods. Although the awards do not expire they will be reviewed every two years.
Food4Health Awards are based on the following healthy eating principles:
1. Food is made generally healthier by reducing the amount of fat, salt and sugar and increasing the use of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains.
2. Catering practices, including food preparation and cooking methods, are designed to produce healthier food.
3. Consumers are able to make informed choices. Wherever possible, information on ingredients and cooking practices is available to consumers
4. Nutritious food is provided for children. Children’s meals should meet nutritional guidelines. Parents must be able to make an informed choice about the foods their children eat.
5. Portion sizes are appropriate for a healthy diet. Smaller portion sizes should be available for both adults and children.
6. Healthy eating is actively promoted. This includes pricing, sales and marketing practices that encourage consumers to eat healthier foods.
Businesses who have achieved Food4Health Awards
Archway - The Eston Centre
Belmont Primary School
Handale Primary Academy
Hummersea Primary School
Ings Farm Primary School
Lakes Primary School
Lingdale Primary School
Lockwood Primary School
Mind Café - Redcar
Newcommen Primary School
Normanby Primary Academy
No 30 Westgate Guisborough
Nunthorpe Primary Academy
Ormesby Primary School
Rosedene Nursery – Ormesby
Saltburn Learning Campus
St. Benedicts Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy
St Gabriel’s Catholic Voluntary Primary Academy
St Margaret Clitherow’s Catholic Voluntary Primary Academy
St Peters Church of England Primary School
South Bank Primary School
Skelton Primary School
Whale Hill Primary School
Wheatlands Primary School
Wilton Primary School
For more information please contact:
Karen Pearson 01287 612506