County Council's Heart Of Debyshire Scheme Signs Up 150th MemberPublished On Monday 21 Dec 2015 by Sticky Beak
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A scheme launched by Derbyshire County Council that helps residents to find healthy local food has signed up its 150th member.
The ‘Heart of Derbyshire’ scheme was launched by the council in September 2014 to make it easier for people to find healthier eating options when they are out and about.
Peak District Parlour – on Queen Street, Tideswell – has become the 150th food business to join up, making a number of healthy eating pledges including using less salt, fat and sugar in its products, offering smaller portion sizes and using fresh vegetables rather than processed.
The county council is encouraging food businesses to sign up to the scheme, which aims at tackling obesity and reducing heart attacks and strokes – conditions that are on the rise in Derbyshire.
Food businesses including takeaways, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, pubs, sandwich shops, cafés and even work canteens can register for free and if they meet the criteria, become Heart of Derbyshire members.
There are three levels of membership – gold, silver and bronze – which businesses are awarded based on how many healthy eating pledges they make and how highly they score on the food hygiene rating. Businesses need a minimum food hygiene rating of three to become a member.
Gold member Peak District Parlour has a food hygiene rating of five and has made 16 healthy eating pledges, giving it 21 points. Members need 12 points or more for a bronze membership, 15 or more for silver and 19 or more to get gold.
Owner of Peak District Parlour Heather Shirt said: “One of Derbyshire Dales District Council’s environmental health officers recommended Heart of Derbyshire at a visit and asked if it would be something we’d be interested in. It sounded like a really good idea, so I found out more.
“It’s great that Derbyshire has a scheme like this and it’s excellent for our café to be able to give people different options that not everyone offers.
“Even if it’s helping people be slightly healthier by choosing granary bread instead of white, it all makes a difference.
“The online directory that members get placed on is brilliant too – and I’d encourage anyone to find out more and become a member.”
Once businesses have signed up they will have their details included on the county council’s website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/heartofderbyshire
They will also receive a bronze, silver or gold certificate to display on their premises as well as a Heart of Derbyshire logo for their doors and windows.
Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “We set this scheme up to help people live healthier lives. Obesity is a growing problem, but by giving people the option of seeking out healthier choices we’re showing that there are alternatives out there.
“It’s great to be working alongside district and borough councils to help make Derbyshire a healthier county.
“The scheme also highlights food businesses that cater to specific needs or allergens like gluten-free, egg-free and vegan – so people can find exactly what they need.
“Congratulations to the Peak District Parlour for becoming the 150th Heart of Derbyshire member – we hope this will encourage more businesses to join the scheme in the future.”
Residents can find out more about the scheme or find nearby Heart of Derbyshire members at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/heartofderbyshire