New healthy eating scheme rolled out across Nottinghamshire.

lucyHealthier Options Takeaway scheme (HOT) has been rolled out across Nottinghamshire in a bid to tackle obesity. The scheme rewards restaurants that make simple changes.

Takeaway businesses across Nottinghamshire are being supported to offer healthier choices to their customers in new Healthier Options Takeaway scheme.

The scheme has been launched in Bassetlaw, Mansfield and Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood.The scheme aims to tackle obesity in Nottinghamshire where the current rate is two in three adults are estimated to be overweight or obese.

• It is estimated that 64.8% of adults in Newark and Sherwood are overweight,
• It is estimated that 70.5% of adults in Mansfield and 69% in Ashfield are overweight,
• It is estimated that 69.2% of adults in Bassetlaw are overweight,
All these figures are higher than the national average of 63.8%.

Excess weight and poor diet is linked to a range of long term illnesses including type-2 diabetes, cardio-vascular disease, heart disease and certain cancers.

Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, Chair of the Nottinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said:

“Tackling obesity is a priority for the Health and Wellbeing Board, and looking at ways in which we can help people to achieve a more balanced diet when eating outside of the home is just one of the ways we’re looking at addressing this issue.”

HOT accreditation is free but restaurants must have a hygiene rating of three or more to qualify to be assessed, takeaways will also be scored on how they already sell and promote healthier alternatives, and are being asked to make at least three new pledges to make changes to their menu or practices.  These simple steps can be…

  • Offering to grill, bake, poach or steam food instead of frying
  • Removing salt from tables and counters so customers don’t just add it automatically
  • Switching to wholegrain pasta, brown rice or wholegrain bread
  • Offering a vegetable side or salad as a part of a meal option
  • Switching from double cream to single cream, yoghurt or half fat crème fraiche
  • Promoting water or low sugar drinks, or
  • Offering smaller portion options for adults.

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Businesses that meet the criteria for the scheme will be able to display the HOT branding in their premises, to let customers know that the healthier options are available and will be added to an online database on the Nottinghamshire County Council website; find HOT takeaways 

A restaurant that has met the following criteria is The Circle Eatery in Bingham. In which the owner Fabio Lawrence stated the HOT scheme has brought great “benefits and publicity.”

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