Healthier Eating

The Environmental Health team at Rochford encourages food business to take part in an healthy eating initiative throughout Essex.  

The Essex Healthy life 'Healthy Eating' Award scheme has been created by all 14 Essex Local Authorities, in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, and is being offered to schools and businesses now.

What type of business can enter for the award?

The awards are suitable for food businesses like cafes, restaurants, sandwich bars, and takeaways. Unfortunately they will not be suitable for other types of food businesses, like newsagents, butchers, fishmongers or supermarkets.

What will it cost to enter and what are the benefits if I win an award?

Applying for the award is FREE, and can if you are successful it will bring the following benefits to your business:

  • Association with the increasingly recognised Healthy life "Healthy Eating" brand
  • Publicity and recognition for being a responsible, health conscious business, and giving your customers a better choice and awareness of healthy eating
  • Improved knowledge of healthier food and catering practices to use in improving your business

What do I need to do and how can I enter my business for a Healthy Eating Award?

For full information on how to enter and what you need to do please see the Essex Healthy Eating Awards website in the Related Content.

Take the TUCK IN takeaway pledge

TUck IN logoTUCK IN - An Essex wide campaign in support of takeaway food establishments that take steps to improve the nutritional quality of their food.

Show you care about the salt, sugar and fat content of the takeaway food you serve - Take the TUCK IN pledge

Takeaway food businesses who have taken the TUCK IN pledge can display the TUCK IN logo on their premises.

The TUCK IN logo shows that your business cares about its customers by making a continuous effort to reduce the salt, sugar and fat content of the food it serves.

In order to take the pledge a business must first demonstrate it has considered the salt, sugar and fat contained in the food they serve. A business must also commit to making a continuous effort to reduce the salt, sugar and fat content of the food it serves. This includes:

  • reducing fats in fried food by using the correct frying temperature
  • shaking excess fat from food after frying
  • keeping oil fresh and using healthier oils for frying such as rapeseed or sunflower oil.
  • reducing the amount of sugar and salt used in cooking
  • ensuring water and low/no sugar drinks are available
  • offering grilled foods instead of fried
  • increasing the amount of vegetables and fruit available on the menu
  • providing packets of salt instead of free-running salt cellars.
  • always making sure smaller portion sizes are on offer.

Rochford’s TUCK IN campaign has been set up in association with local authorities from across Essex. The TUCK IN campaign is funded by the Department of Health and is based on the 'Responsibility Deal', where businesses commit to providing food that is lower in salt, sugar and fat, whilst also offering increased fruit and vegetables, wholegrain, and other healthy options.

How to apply

Only food businesses that have achieved a LEVEL 3 FOOD HYGIENE RATING can apply to take the TUCK IN pledge.

If you are a takeaway food business and you are interested in taking the TUCK IN pledge please contact the Council's Environmental Health team right away, see contact details bottom of page.

Free Level 2 Nutrition training for businesses who take the TUCK IN pledge

Businesses who sign-up to take the TUCK IN pledge will receive free Level 2 Nutrition training from an approved training provider. The training course is delivered online so that takeaway staff can complete the course at home, at their own convenience. Nutrition training helps staff to fully understand why reducing the salt, sugar and fat content of the food they serve is so important. Good training also encourages staff to go further with the healthy catering practices that are essential to maintaining a thriving food business.