Health & Vitality Honours is the platform for businesses to showcase best practice and help create a greater transparency on the social issues of health and nutrition throughout the foodservice supply chain.
With the evidence of poor diet visibly all around us, be that in the high street, the office or elsewhere, and with one frightening statistic after another emerging through the media about the deteriorating health of the nation, it falls upon the food industry to up its game.
It is here that the Social aspects of CSER take centre stage; the way we look after the wellbeing of the people within our constituency; our customers and our staff.
As an industry, foodservice has a duty of care to its consumers and in many quarters valuable steps are being taken to improve health, vitality and wellbeing through communication, education and the introduction and promotion of nutritionally balanced healthy meals.
Organisations make a big investment in their staff. They are expensive and valuable and need to be operating to the best of their ability to provide return on investment. Diet, exercise and mental wellbeing are key contributors to the enhancement of vitality in employees. The results are higher performance rates, dedication, good moral and fewer sick days.
Meanwhile, a key challenge facing the hospitality sector is how to manage a shift towards providing healthier recipes whilst satisfying existing customer demand - operating responsibly and profitably at the same time. Introducing new recipes and menus is one thing; persuading customers to change their eating habits is quite another.
This cultural shift is arguably the biggest challenge facing any drive towards achieving a healthier diet and lifestyle for all. As Mark Twain is reputed to have declared, “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” And who’s going to follow that in a restaurant or canteen without understanding the reasons why?
Health & Vitality Honours is designed to recognise achievement in this area by operators in both the cost and profit sectors of the industry and in the organisations that supply them. It also aims to promote the manufacture of healthier products, the implementation of healthy living programmes in foodservice and awareness amongst consumers of the industry’s work and achievements.
This year’s Honours winners will be announced at the Health & Vitality Honours lunch which will be held at the In & Out Club in London’s St.James’s Square on 30th January 2020. Our host this year will be former England rugby international Matt Dawson, who knows a thing or two about health, nutrition and fitness at an elite sporting level.
Matt Dawson, Sodexo Ambassador, said: “I’m honoured to be involved with the Health & Vitality Honours as the programme celebrates the importance of health, nutrition and wellbeing across the food service industry.
“We play an integral role in encouraging people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and a key part of this is providing food choices which enable this. Making sure people have the option to eat the right food, whether in the office or out and about, can make a vital difference to their lives.
“As a foodservice provider, we at Sodexo recognise that our customers are all different, with differing nutritional needs and preferences. Our restaurants focus on creating the right food and promoting simple ways to help people achieve better living that enhances overall wellness.”
Honours Presentation Lunch 30th January
In & Out Club
St James's Square
London SW1Y 4JU
Business attire. The In & Out is a private members club and we are guests for the afternoon. We have been asked to specify that gentlemen must wear business suits with tie whilst on the club’s premises
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See Video of Health & Vitality Honours HERE
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