Trading Standards praised for expanding healthy eating campaign

National competition judges have praised Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards forthe way they extendedtheirhealthy eating campaign into leisure centres across the country.

‘Eat Out Eat Well’,a scheme that rewards caterers and restaurants for providing customers with healthy menu options, won a ‘highly commended’ in the Government’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills Primary Authority Awards.

The Trading Standards team worked with Sports and Leisure Management Ltd to establish the scheme in 33 catering venues in the company’s leisure and cultural centres across the UK, including Aylesbury’s Aqua Vale leisure centre.

Judges highlighted the innovative way the project aimed to improve public health by enabling consumers to make healthy eating choices.

Martin Phillips, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Engagement and Public Health, spoke of the importance of supporting businesses through the Trading Standards Primary Authority partnership scheme

‘We believe this is the first example of a partnership being used to extend a healthy eating award scheme across the country and support Public Health England’s overall aim to improve the health of the nation,’ he said.