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The award is for businesses offering healthy food choices to customers. The aim is to draw attention to where healthy and nutritious menu choices are available. This contributes to improving everyone’s diet and health.

The scheme is run jointly by Dudley Council’s Environmental Health and Public Health Teams. Food businesses who meet the required standard are awarded a certificate and window sticker to display on their premises, and details of  award holders are also listed on the Let's Get website.

The award is free and open to outlets across the borough including restaurants, takeaways, sandwich shops and mobile food units.

Diet and Health

The link between diet and our physical and mental health is now well established. A poor diet has been attributed to a number of diseases including coronary heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, certain digestive disorders, some cancers and poor mental health. Cancer and coronary heart disease account for 60% of all early deaths in the UK.

It has been estimated that diet may contribute to the development of one third of all cancers, and that increasing fruit and vegetable consumption is the second most important cancer prevention strategy, after reducing smoking (Department of Health, 2000).

How does the award benefit businesses?

An award gives businesses recognition for their commitment to offering healthy food choices, which can increase sales, improve customer satisfaction and attract new business. Businesses receive free online training, resources and marketing material, and High Street premises are promoted free of charge on the Let's Get website.

What are the requirements to be considered for an award?

To progress towards an award, businesses will first need:

  • A rating of 4 or 5 in the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. These ratings are made when environmental health officers conduct their compulsory inspections.

What are the various levels of the award?

The award categories are Bronze, Silver and Gold.

The difference between these levels is determined by how many ‘healthy catering actions’ are achieved. The full requirements for each level can be viewed on the website of NHS Dudley.

Examples of ‘healthy catering actions’ from the various lists include:

  • cooking methods and ingredients consistent with healthy catering practices
  • fruit and vegetables available
  • use of reduced fat dairy products
  • a range of healthier drinks available sauces, dressings and butter should be optional
  • use of higher fibre goods
  • snack foods available which are lower in fat, sugar and salt
  • menu extended in favour of healthier options
  • pricing policy encourages customers to choose fruit and vegetables

How can I express an interest in gaining a Dudley Food for Health Award?

For further information about the award, please contact us (see below for details).

  • Food and Trading Standards, 4 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 1HL
    Telephone 0300 555 2345
    Opening Hours Monday to Friday, 8.45 am to 5.00 pm, Please note that the offices are closed at weekends and Bank Holidays

    Contact General Advice and Complaints Form