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Food for thought
Monday 17th November, 2008

Food for thought
Slimming World’s Karen Gunn (right) is pictured with Wigan Council’s Julie Searing (left) and Glynis Harrison at the town hall’s bistro.

Wigan’s public service heavyweights are out to get the borough looking leaner.

And the starting point is the town hall itself, where the Metrofresh Bistro aims to be among the first businesses to sign up to a joint Wigan Council/NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan scheme to promote healthy eating.

Metrofresh has teamed up with Slimming World to offer ‘Food for Thought’, a special event featuring recipes from the Slimming World showcase.

Next Wednesday (November 26), healthy eating advisers from Wigan Council and NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan will join Slimming World’s Karen Gunn to talk to health-conscious customers and demonstrate delectable dishes that won’t break the bank – or the belt.

Karen says: “Slimming World members – and just about anybody who cares about their health – can call into the Hewlett Street bistro and enjoy healthy, tasty, freshly prepared food, knowing it fits easily into their eating plan.“

Bistro manager Glynis Harrison adds: “We’re thrilled to be part of such an exciting new scheme and delighted that Slimming World are going to help our bid for a Healthy Business Award.”

The Healthy Business Award scheme will help people eat their way to better health at accredited outlets: places whose food passes a special healthy options ‘fitness test’.

Anywhere that offers healthy options – including restaurants, takeaways and even staff canteens – will be invited to join the scheme.

Wigan Council’s Julie Searing explains: “Our main aim is to help people to take the healthy option – if they want to.
“And to do that, we’ll be working with local restaurateurs and caterers to help them develop healthier menus, particularly with less fat, salt and sugar.”

“The proof will be in the pudding, but I’m sure that many businesses care enough about the health of their customers to take the healthy options fitness test and gain accreditation.”

One in five people in Wigan borough are sufficiently overweight as to be putting their health at risk.

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