First ever ‘Health & Vitality Honours’ launched – a brand new scheme specially created to establish a platform for foodservice businesses to showcase healthy best practice.
Open for Submissions: 6th August 2012
Submission Deadline: 31st October 2012
Honours Lunch: 18th January 2013 (Venue TBC)
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The foodservice industry has an enormous responsibility for its constituents health, in both the cost and profit sectors; and represents a sector that has the power to influence a healthy culture and drive the well-being agenda. This is partly driven by the Responsibility Deal and publication of reports like the Green Food Project. The Health & Vitality Honours will create a platform for businesses that are going the extra mile.
So, if tackling health issues takes precedence in your organisation; or if you are doing that little bit more to recognise health initiatives, be sure to put your endeavours forward in the first-ever Health & Vitality Honours.
Nutritionist Amanda Ursell, a member of the British Dietetic Association, The Nutrition Society, The Guild of Food Writers and a Visiting Fellow of Oxford Brookes University and The Royal Society of Medicine, is Principle Ambassador of the Health & Vitality Honours:
Im incredibly happy to be involved as Principle Ambassador of the Health & Vitality Honours a venture which will create more transparency on health-related issues within the foodservice supply chain, and provide a truly great platform for businesses to showcase best practice whilst highlighting such an important issue in a non-competitive environment. I cant wait to discover what the industry is doing to ‘health-up’ the meals they are feeding to millions of people everyday, and am very excited about the potential for the Honours to inspire everyone in the industry to create tasty, ‘good for you’ offerings.
Eating well isnt all about lettuce leaves, cottage cheese and obsessing about every calorie consumed. Great tasting food can, with a little thought, effort and skill also be good for you food doesn’t have to be way out and weird to be healthy, nutritious can also be delicious! How we eat can affect how we feel, impact on our levels of concentration and wellbeing and influence our long-term health. Once businesses understand the crucial role that nutrition makes to their employees, it will only be a matter of time before they start demanding that the food and drink available in the workplace fits this bill.
The Health & Vitality Honours provides a fantastic platform for companies to show how they are already taking up the challenge to improve the health of their offerings, which in turn will help to improve the health of those eating it. Its important to remember that we really are what we eat, so let’s make what we eat count helping it to improve everything from daily productivity at work, to better long-term health and happiness!
The Health & Vitality Honours aim to promote a change in the culture of consumption, the manufacture of healthier products, the implementation of healthier programmes in cost and profit sectors, and raise awareness of the industrys endeavours and achievements amongst consumers. So no matter which sector you operate within whether it is education, healthcare, workplace, custodial management or the armed services; or QSR, casual dining, fine dining or pubs the Honours want to hear from you! View the various Health & Vitality Honours categories, together with details of how to enter, at www.healthandvitalityhons.com. Entries are being welcomed from 6th August to 31st October 2012.
The Health & Vitality Honours is supported by Headline Sponsor, Sodexo. Phil Hooper, Corporate Affairs Director, Sodexo UK & Ireland explains:
Sodexo provides more than a million meals every day in the UK and Ireland, including to school children, soldiers, hospital patients, employees, elderly people and visitors attending events. We have a key role to play in supporting and encouraging people to make informed, balanced nutritional choices that will help them to live healthier lives.
Our aim is to help clients ensure that they have happy, healthy and productive employees. Reducing absenteeism and improving productivity are key strategic imperatives for our clients, so we support them through the delivery of our health and wellbeing solutions.
“Supporting the Health & Vitality Honours is a natural fit for Sodexo as we have been campaigning for improved wellbeing of our customers for over 25 years through our nutrition, wellbeing and lifestyle philosophy, Healthwise. The Honours will help raise the profile of the hard work and commitment of services professionals across our industry and further strengthen the platform to improving public health.
Category and launch sponsors are Acquire, Innocent and Nestlé Professional. Submissions to the Health & Vitality Honours will be adjudicated by an expert panel, which includes the following judges to-date: Amanda Ursell, Matt Dawson, Richard Reed, Prof. John Stein and Mike Duckett MBE FIH.
For further information, please visit www.healthandvitalityhons.com or contact Charles Miers [email protected]. Alternatively, you can follow @HVHons on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all the latest Honours goings-on (please use #HVHons in your Tweets).