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GLASGOW EATS UP THE HEALTH AWARDS

June 18, 2004 10:56 AM

Six Glasgow catering teams received prestigious healthy eating awards at the recent Scottish Healthy Choices Award ceremony.

Awards went to: Anniesland College's refectory; Clydebank College's refectory; Clydesdale Bank's Buchanan Street branch staff canteen; Low Moss Prison's catering department - that provides meals for prisoners and staff; Jordanhill College's diner, coffee shop, tea bar and staff dining room; and Glasgow City Council's canteen in Nye Bevan House – which healthily serve a joint total of 5,000 customers daily.
 
Award assessor, Catherine Henderson, Health Promotion Officer with NHS Greater Glasgow, said: "Scottish Healthy Choices is basically a national initiative to improve Scotland's diet.

"Although it's a Scotland-wide scheme, it's managed locally by NHS Greater Glasgow's Health Promotion team and Glasgow City Council's Environmental Protection Services, who assess catering establishments and provide support to attaining the award."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
The Health Promotion Officer added that the awards are given to caterers for qualities such as:

· Providing and promoting healthy food choices;
· Showing support for breastfeeding mothers;
· Complying with Scotland's Healthy Choices food safety and hygiene criteria;
· Providing non-smoking areas on the premises.

Catherine continued: "The winning caterers give a varied cross-section of the population the opportunity to eat healthily, while educating them about diet and health in the hope they'll take home what they've learned to help their families follow healthier lifestyles.

"It's encouraging to be involved in these awards and to hear the progress that has been made and the positive impact it's having on the customers, staff and businesses across Glasgow.


ENDS

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

· The award scheme is funded by the Scottish Executive and is delivered locally across Scotland by award assessors based within NHS Boards, with input from Environmental Health Officers in each of the local authorities.
· The recent awards event was held in Jordanhill College, Glasgow.

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