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Eat Out, Eat Well Healthy Eating Award Scheme

An award to promote healthy eating

Did you know that the average person eats one in every six meals out of home in restaurants, cafes and other locations, and if snacks and 'grab and go' food are added in, men get about quarter of their calories when eating out and women about a fifth?

Eating out is part of everyday life, but it shouldn't always have to involve unhealthy eating. We're used to making choices based on calorie content and other factors when we buy and consume our food, and eating out shouldn't be any different. Having healthy options on the menu are important when making the decision to eat well and stay healthy.

That's why Suffolk has developed a new award scheme for caterers called 'Eat Out, Eat Well'. Working in conjunction with environmental health teams at the county's district and borough councils, this will reward caterers for offering healthier food choices to customers.

Most catering premises that serve food to the public are eligible for the award, including restaurants, cafes, hotels, workplace and hospital restaurants and pubs. The level of award is based on a scoring system that takes into account the type of food on offer, cooking methods, and how businesses promote healthy choices to their customers. The higher the score the higher the level of award.

Some examples of how these healthier options will work in practice are as follows:

  • Using healthier catering practices, such as grilling instead of frying
  • Increasing fruit, vegetables, and starchy carbohydrates
  • Decreasing levels of fat (especially saturated fat), sugar and salt in food
  • Providing healthier options for children.

Look out for the Eat Out, Eat Well symbol when you eat out for a commitment to healthier choices.

Why healthy eating matters

Research by the Food Standards Agency suggested that consumers felt that healthy eating was an important influencing factor when deciding what food to eat both inside and outside the home. Obesity is a growing epidemic in the UK and causes more than 30,000 deaths a year in England alone. Diet plays a major role in heart disease and has been linked to some cancers. It's more important than ever for food outlets to help consumers make the right choices.

Who runs the award?

The Eat Out, Eat Well scheme is delivered in partnership between Public Health Suffolk, Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council, Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils. The assessments will be carried out with participating caterers by local environmental health teams.

Do you run a business? Why the award is good for you and your customers

If you run a catering business (for example, a cafe or restaurant), and would like to know why it's worth getting involved, the Eat Out, Eat Well award is good for you, your business and your customers.

You could make a huge contribution to improving your customers' diet and health by providing healthier food choices.

You'll have public recognition for achieving the award and could enhance your image as a responsible business that puts its customers first. It could give you a competitive edge and increase customer satisfaction as the demand for healthier choices continue to grow - many manufacturers and retailers who have introduced healthier options are seeing growth in sales.

Your customers will be able to benefit from the freedom to select a healthier option, giving them more control over what they choose to eat that will ultimately benefit their health.

This free award is open to all types of catering establishment that cater for the general public. This could include restaurants, cafes, canteens, catering businesses and more.

How to apply

To achieve an award your business will be assessed against certain criteria that are based on the principles of a healthy balanced diet, such as keeping fat, sugar and salt to a minimum, making fruit and vegetables widely available and basing main meals on starchy carbohydrates. You will also be assessed on marketing and promotion of healthier options. The award is free for businesses to enter. If you are interested in achieving an Eat Out, Eat Well award please complete the below form:

Expression of interest form

 

Useful documents

  • Caterers' guide
  • Caterers' leaflet
  • Assessment form with scores
  • Fruit and Vegetable portions guide
  • Eat out, Eat Well Italian and Pizza restaurants guide
  • Eat Out, Eat Well Chinese restaurants guide
  • Eat Out, Eat Well Indian restaurants guide
  • Eat Out, Eat Well Mexican restaurants guide
  • Expression of interest form

Download these documents

Level 2 Award in Healthier Foods and Special Diets

To gain a higher award, key members of staff will need to undertake some form of accredited training in nutrition such as the Level 2 Award in Healthier Foods and Special Diets.  For for information download the leaflet

Take Out, Eat Well

Alongside the main Eat Out, Eat Well award, we will be introducing equivalent criteria for take away restaurants entitled Take Out, Eat Well. More details will be available soon

Award holders in Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council

GOLD AWARDS

  • Chartwells Independent at Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Ipswich IP9 2RX
  • Cradle, 40 North Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 1RD
  • Everyone Active at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, Stowmarket, IP14 1LN
  • Hollow Trees Farm Shop, Hadleigh Road, Semer, Ipswich IP7 6HX
  • Kind Cuisine, 11A Friars Street, Sudbury, CO10 2AA
  • Lavenham Blue Vintage Tea Rooms, 6 Market Place, Lavenham CO10 9QZ
  • Manor Farm Coffee Shop, Unit 3, Manor Farm, Church Lane, Barham, Ipswich, IP6 0PU
  • The Limes Hotel, 99 High Street, Needham Market, IP6 8DQ
  • The Osier Cafe, Museum of East Anglian Life, Crowe Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1DL
  • Winchester's Wine Bar & Bistro, 7 Old Fox Yard, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1AB


SILVER AWARD

  • Cabbages & Kings, 127 Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1BB
  • Coffee House, 3 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, CO10 2ET
  • Flatford Mill Field Centre, Flatford Lane, East Berholt, Colchester, CO7 6UL
  • Horizons Food Court, Wattisham Airfield, Ringshall, Stowmarket, IP7 7RA
  • Old Buckenham Hall School, Brettenham Park, Brettenham, Ipswich, IP7 7PH
  • Ree's, Unit 2, The Pied Cow, 12 King Street, Sudbury, CO10 2EB
  • South Suffolk Leisure, Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Station Road, Sudbury CO10 2SU
  • Staff Canteen - Churchill Catering, Muntons, Needham Road, Stowmarket, IP14 2AG

BRONZE AWARD

  • Chinese Chequers, 59-63 Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1BA
  • Fanny Anne's Tea Room, The Patisserie, Hall Street, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9LA
  • Joe's Sandwich Shop, 86 North Street, Sudbury, CO10 1RF
  • The Angel, Friars Street, Sudbury, CO10 2AG
  • Twen Tea One, 21 North Street, Sudbury, CO10 1RB