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July 08, 2004 3:00 PM

Health is top of the menu at the cafes in Glasgow that are scooping Scottish Healthy Choices Awards today (Thursday).

And for the first time in the city, the awards -which will be presented by celebrity chef Nick Nairn -are solely going to community-run eateries.

Stonedyke Neighbourhood Centre, Kinfauns Centre and Waverly Neighbourhood Centre (all in Drumchapel), the Gorbals Way to Go Youth Café and Leithland Neighbourhood Centre (in Pollok) will all receive the coveted healthy eating awards at today's ceremony in Glasgow City Chambers.

Anné Gebbie-Dibén, a Health Promotion Officer with NHS Greater Glasgow, explained: "Scottish Healthy Choices is basically a national initiative to improve Scotland's diet and reward the caterers who are helping to do that.

"Although it's a Scotland-wide scheme, it's delivered locally by NHS Greater Glasgow's Health Promotion team and Glasgow City Council's Environmental Protection Services. And because this set of awards focused on community venues, the work was supported by a variety of national and local agencies."

Anne 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.

She said: "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 that they'll take home what they've learned to help their families follow healthier lifestyles."

"It has been encouraging to be involved in these awards and to see the progress that has been made and the positive impact had on customers, staff and businesses across Glasgow."


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