Eat Out, Eat Well
Eating food out of the home is now a regular feature of our increasingly busy lifestyles. More than a quarter of adults eat out one or more times a week. Making healthier food choices easier for people when they’re eating out helps them maintain a healthy weight and reduce their risk of several long-term health conditions.
The Eat Out, Eat Well award
Several councils across the country have joined together to create the Eat Out Eat Well Award. Supported by a charter, the Award asks businesses to address their use of, fats, sugar and salt and make other healthier eating changes to their menus.
and how they score across different food groups for food preparation, promotion and training. Successful businesses are encouraged celebrate their success and display the award to customers.
Eat Out, Eat Well in Suffolk
In Suffolk, we've presented more than 100 Eat Out, Eat Well awards recognising small and large catering businesses, including cafes, restaurants and workplace canteens.
Eat Out Eat Well is part of the wider public health work on health inequalities and healthier eating. Click here to find out more about OneLife Suffolk, who support people with weight management and healthy eating.
Taking part: benefits for businesses
Out of home catering businesses can make an enormous contribution to influencing and improving their customer’s diet and health by providing healthier food and drink choices. Here are some of the benefits that businesses have spoken about:
- Publicity (stickers, press, social media)
- Product development (new dishes, products stocked)
- Marketing (ways to promote healthier options)
- Motivation and improved knowledge of staff (training)
- Appealing to new or different customer groups
More about the scheme
The Eat Out, Eat Well award is:
- Free to Suffolk businesses
- Open to businesses selling out of home catering
- Supported by a Charter
- Assessed and scored against how healthier options are prepared and promoted
- Accompanied by an award at gold, silver or bronze level
- Current for three years (see process for exceptions)
- Supported by free or low-cost training
What happens next?
After expressing an interest, the business completes a self-assessment form. This can then be used as a conversation tool with the assessor. In Suffolk, the assessment process is managed by the district based environmental health officers. Click here to find out more detailed information about the Award.
Once assessed the award is current for 3 years unless a business changes hands, closes, no longer complies with food legislation or the FSA Food Hygiene Rating drops below 3.
Click here if you'd like your business to go forward for an Eat Out, Eat Well award.
Click here to contact us to nominate a business, or to ask a question about the Eat Out, Eat Well award.