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Grubís up: in quality - not in calories
Thursday 3rd December, 2009

Grubís up: in quality - not in calories
Wigan Council's food experts Shirley Skinley and Rosemary Lee say 'no' to excess salt.

Every week is health week for the local Primary Care Trust, but this week was extra special with days themed around healthy eating.

The councilís healthy business team were invited to the Royal Albert Edward to talk to visitors to the hospital canteen about making sensible choices with their portion sizes and intake of salt, fat, saturated fat and sugars.

Senior council environmental health officer Rosemary Lee said: ďWhat we consider to be normal size food portions have grown over recent years - and so have many of us! Watching that food portions donít get too big can help you eat the food you love without loading on that extra weight.Ē

Officers were met by the Trustís catering manager Jane Young. She has been working with the Healthy Business Awards team since last year to reduce the amount of salt, fat, saturated fat and sugar in the recipes without spoiling the taste of the hospitalís food.

The themed week saw the launch of their full range of calorie counted meals which carry traffic light labelling to show just what levels of salt, fat, saturated fat and sugar they contain, enabling diners to balance their diet right across the day.

The councilís champion for healthier communities, Cllr Keith Cunliffe, said: ďItís excellent that the Trust are one of the leaders in our campaign for healthy eating. About 50 of the boroughís food businesses are working towards the awards at the moment, and there will be another hundred by this time next year. Look out for the logo so you can be sure your food not only tastes as good as it looks but keeps you looking good too.Ē

Catering manager Jane Young added: ďItís an honour to accept certificates in nutrition for all seven of the Trustís chefs who work through the night to cook the food for all our hospitals.Ē

Wigan Council is supporting local firms by offering any food businesses applying for the Healthy Business Award free CIEH Level 2 training in Food Hygiene and in Nutrition.

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