An increasing number of people in Bristol are consuming their meals outside the home. Often these meals are high in energy, fat, sugar and salt. Obesity and health inequalities are significant challenges across the city and we know that more than 22,000 children in Bristol are an unhealthy weight when leaving primary school.
The Healthy People; Healthy Place Team in Public Health (in collaboration with partners across the council and externally) developed and launched the Bristol Eating Better Award last year, as a way for food businesses to commit to making healthy eating easier in all areas of our city, alongside supporting the environment.
We now have more than 130 businesses signed up to the innovative award and it was recently evaluated by the University of Bristol and given national profile.
The Bristol Eating Better award is also helping us progress towards our ambition to become a Gold Sustainable Food City. We have lots of opportunity to impact the food environment in the city and our new policy for the council’s procurement of food and catering means all our council catering services and contracts (such as Civic Buildings, Museums, Park cafes, Leisure Centres, Community Meals and Schools) are now required to obtain the Gold Bristol Eating Better award. In addition, meals provided by traders at our markets, outdoor events and licensed streets are being actively encouraged to get the award.
As part of the award scheme Horfield leisure Centre has been awarded a gold award as part of Bristol Eating better, providing a healthy selection of food to the public. Checkout the video on Bristol eating better here: https://vimeo.com/336287802