Choosing a restaurant that serves up tasty, healthy meals could soon become a lot easier thanks to the launch of Eat Out, Eat Well.
The new scheme enables businesses to promote their healthy eating options and health bosses at East Sussex County Council are keen to get more eateries on board.
It is being co-ordinated by environmental health teams across the county and supported by the Health Improvement Team within Public Health at East Sussex County Council.
The scheme helps to promote better nutrition and increase healthier food choices for customers.
Restaurants, cafes and pubs that offer their customers healthier food choices will be eligible to receive an award in recognition of their contribution to healthy eating.
The scheme also extends to staff canteens and school kitchens.
Depending on the number of healthier choices offered, businesses can receive a bronze, silver or gold award, which they can display on the premises to inform customers about their success in the scheme.
“People are much more aware of their diet and more and more of our residents enjoy the benefits of a healthy and balanced diet,” said councillor Keith Glazer, leader of East Sussex County Council.
“Eat Out, Eat Well means local businesses can help their customers stick to a healthy diet while serving up tasty dishes.
“The scheme ensures that in future customers will be able to choose a restaurant which offers a range of healthy options.
“We are keen to get as many catering businesses as possible on board to ensure that diners sticking to a healthy diet have as much choice as possible when they go out to eat.”
Rob Crouch, environmental health manager for Rother and Wealden District Councils, said: “As environmental health practitioners, we routinely inspect and work with businesses on matters of food safety and hygiene.
“We are ideally placed to build on this by promoting, encouraging and helping businesses to offer healthier food choices to their customers.”
For more details on the Eat Out, Eat Well scheme, including information on how businesses can apply for the award, visit www.eatouteatwell.org.