Two local takeaways have become the first in the Broxtowe Borough to be awarded a new Healthier Options Takeaway merit as part of a scheme launched across Nottinghamshire to promote healthier eating.
Jack Wood Butchers and Dunn Lite Foods in Eastwood were presented with their certificates by the Deputy Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr Graham Harvey.
The Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT) Scheme was launched earlier this year by Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with district and borough councils across the county.
Joe Quigg, founder of The Food Bar, which was the first business in Broxtowe to receive the award said: “We are incredibly proud to be one of the first takeaways in Broxtowe to sign up to the HOT scheme. Great tasting, fresh and healthy food is at the heart of what we do and the Healthy Options merit is a fantastic way for our customers to know that we believe in food that is 100 per cent natural, full of nutrients and packed with goodness.”
Cllr Natalie Harvey, chair of Broxtowe Health Partnership said: “The launch of the Healthy Options Takeaway scheme in Broxtowe is an important part of a wider approach to tackling the health problems associated with poor diet and obesity in Nottinghamshire. I am delighted that the Food Bar and Woods are supporting this initiative and hope more food takeaways in the borough will follow suit.”
The HOT project, which forms part of an approach to reduce obesity in Nottinghamshire, rewards takeaways and sandwich shops that make simple changes to how they prepare, cook or display their food to make it that little bit healthier. Offering more choice to customers will also give a competitive advantage to businesses in a market where people are increasingly looking for ways to achieve a balanced diet.
Eateries and Beeston and Toton were also awarded at the same time.