16 January 2017 – Hospital restaurant gains gold award for going that extra mile to tackle obesity
Airedale Hospital’s visitor and staff restaurant has won a gold standard award for going that ‘extra mile’ to promote healthier food choices.
Staff who work in the restaurant celebrating after receiving their Good Food Bradford Award in a scheme run by West Yorkshire trading standards and Bradford Council to help tackle obesity in the district.
Judges visited the restaurant as part of the award scheme to see what changes had been made recently. They include using less fat, sugar and salt in hospital food; offering a hot, healthy meal and a gluten –free meal every day; no longer offering high sugar drinks; increasing the amount of fruit available; moving chocolate bars and crisps away from the till and introducing nutritional cereal bars; using alternative cooking methods such as baking instead of frying and using rapseed oil in cooking. These developments are in line with Airedale NHS Foundation trust’s food and drink strategy introduced just over a year ago.
Claire Clayton, catering services manager at Sodexo Healthcare, said: “We are delighted at being awarded a gold standard, particularly as this is the first time we have entered the scheme. Our suppliers are always rigorously vetted to ensure a good quality of food. We have also increased the amount of dietary information available to visitors and staff about the food that they are buying such as calorie content.”
Laura Rowe, nutrition and dietetics professional lead at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This award is a reflection of all the hard work Sodexo and the hospital as a whole have achieved since introducing our new food and drink strategy and is a great start for us to build on further.
“We have an action plan in place to help tackle the significant problem of obesity drawing on NICE guidance. It is really important that hospitals lead the way in promoting positive ways to help prevent future health issues from developing.”
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