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Apply for the Healthy Families Catering Award

In Darlington, more than 2 in 10 of children aged 10-11 years are living with obesity (2019/20).

Childhood obesity impacts on children’s ability to thrive, and may cause bone and joint problems, poor immunity, breathing issues and poor mental health.

To improve the government obesity strategy (July 2020), outlines the need for a whole community approach to address the local environment, including the high street and settings where we live, work, go to school and play.

In Darlington the childhood healthy weight plan upholds a vision to support every child to feel emotionally and physically healthy, by providing opportunities to play and have access to and enjoy healthy foods.

Parents can often feel like they are swimming against a powerful flood of unhealthy foods. A community approach that supports families can work as a lifeboat and help improve children’s health. Shifting towards making healthy choices easier choices will support our families to flourish.

With ‘out of home’ food often contributing to high calorie intakes, food business options can play a part in our children’s health. For businesses who support healthy child outcomes look out for the change4life good choice badge and supported by DBC.

Data Protection

When you complete your application form you are providing information about your premises, however, some of the information may be classed as personal data, for example, your name, address, and telephone number, if you also reside at that address.

Contact details of your food business may be published in Award materials and on the Council’s website. If you do not wish to have your details published you must tell the Officer dealing with your application.

On receipt of your application you will be contacted by an officer from the Environmental Health Section within one working day to arrange a visit to your premises.

Why the award is good for your business and your customers

If you have a catering business or serve the public achieving a Darlington healthy eating award is good for you and your customers because:

  • You can help your customers improve their diet and health by providing healthy choices
  • You will receive public recognition for achieving the award, showing you care for the health of your customers
  • Your customers will feel valued and it may well increase customer satisfaction as the demand for healthier choices grows
  • Companies and retailers who have introduced healthier options have experienced a growth in sales

The award is free and assessments will be carried out by Darlington Environmental Health team and supported by Public Health.

Healthy Families Catering award holders

  • Al Fornos
  • Uno Momento
  • Little Bear Catering

Healthy Families Catering Award online form

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