Catering for Health Award form

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This award makes it easier for people to identify premises that are making it easy for them to choose healthier options.

To achieve the award, you must commit to the following:

  • to modify the fat, salt, sugar and fibre content positively at every opportunity without compromising on quality and flavour
  • to increase fruit and/or vegetable consumption at every opportunity
  • to offer customers real choice by making the healthy choice the easy choice

Only premises with a rating of 3 in the food hygiene rating scheme are eligible to apply.

 

Before you complete the form

Please have electronic copies of your menus to upload with the form.

Your details

Summary of service for nursery *
Summary of service for nursery
Summary of service for residential home *
Summary of service for residential home
Summary of service for school *
Summary of service for school
Summary of service for workplace *
Summary of service for workplace
 

Balancing the plate

Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods

Are a variety of breakfast cereals available – at least two should be wholegrain e.g. Branflakes, Weetabix, shredded wheat and one fortified with folic acid? *
Are a variety of breakfast cereals available – at least two should be wholegrain e.g. Branflakes, Weetabix, shredded wheat and one fortified with folic acid?
Are a variety of fortified (with iron), high fibre, low sugar breakfast cereals on the menu? *
Are a variety of fortified (with iron), high fibre, low sugar breakfast cereals on the menu?
Are 'starchy' foods offered at every meal and at least one snack time? *
Are 'starchy' foods offered at every meal and at least one snack time?
Are a variety of ‘starchy’ foods offered at every service? e.g. different types of bread, rice, pasta, potato, cous cous *
Are a variety of ‘starchy’ foods offered at every service? e.g. different types of bread, rice, pasta, potato, cous cous
Are starchy foods cooked in oil available more than three times a week? *
Are starchy foods cooked in oil available more than three times a week?
Are at least two types of bread/cereal/starch items offered at each meal? *
Are at least two types of bread/cereal/starch items offered at each meal?
Is wholemeal/grain bread always available? *
Is wholemeal/grain bread always available?
Is brown rice and/or pasta available some of the time, preferably at least once at week? *
Is brown rice and/or pasta available some of the time, preferably at least once at week?
Have some recipes been modified to use whole-wheat or whole-grain flour? *
Have some recipes been modified to use whole-wheat or whole-grain flour?
Is there a healthier plain starchy carbohydrate at each meal? e.g. boiled potato, rice *
Is there a healthier plain starchy carbohydrate at each meal? e.g. boiled potato, rice
Is there a higher energy (i.e. fat added) at each meal? e.g. chips, roast, creamed potatoes *
Is there a higher energy (i.e. fat added) at each meal? e.g. chips, roast, creamed potatoes
Is there a softer (easy to chew) starchy carbohydrate at each meal? e.g. mashed potatoes, soft potato or rice *
Is there a softer (easy to chew) starchy carbohydrate at each meal? e.g. mashed potatoes, soft potato or rice
When frying are straight, thick cut chips/wedges used rather than thin cut fries, curly fries or French Fries? *
When frying are straight, thick cut chips/wedges used rather than thin cut fries, curly fries or French Fries?
Are cereal based desserts such as rice pudding or semolina offered within the menu cycle? *
Are cereal based desserts such as rice pudding or semolina offered within the menu cycle?
Is a lower fat alternative to a potato item cooked in fat available? *
Is a lower fat alternative to a potato item cooked in fat available?

Fruit and vegetables

Are residents able to consume at least 5 portions (80g) of fruit/vegetables? *
Are residents able to consume at least 5 portions (80g) of fruit/vegetables?
Are vegetables steamed and/or boiled in minimal water and then served asap? *
Are vegetables steamed and/or boiled in minimal water and then served asap?
Are at least two vegetables/salad choices provided at each main meal? *
Are at least two vegetables/salad choices provided at each main meal?
Is at least one vegetable provided at the lighter meal? *
Is at least one vegetable provided at the lighter meal?
Are lower fat/undressed vegetable/salad items available as an alternative to roast or fried vegetables? *
Are lower fat/undressed vegetable/salad items available as an alternative to roast or fried vegetables?
Is fresh fruit and pure unsweetened fruit juice provided as a choice at least once every day? *
Is fresh fruit and pure unsweetened fruit juice provided as a choice at least once every day?
Is a variety of fruit available at least three times per day? *
Is a variety of fruit available at least three times per day?
Are fresh, stewed or canned fruits provided as an accompaniment to breakfast and dessert? *
Are fresh, stewed or canned fruits provided as an accompaniment to breakfast and dessert?
Are soft, easy to eat fruit/vegetables offered? *
Are soft, easy to eat fruit/vegetables offered?
If canned fruit is used, is it preserved in natural juice or water (NOT Syrup) for healthier eating options and fruit in syrup for those requiring energy dense choices? *
If canned fruit is used, is it preserved in natural juice or water (NOT Syrup) for healthier eating options and fruit in syrup for those requiring energy dense choices?
Are vegetables batch cooked throughout service? *
Are vegetables batch cooked throughout service?
Are fruit and vegetables available at all school food outlets? *
Are fruit and vegetables available at all school food outlets?
Is a variety of fruit available daily? *
Is a variety of fruit available daily?
Are undressed vegetables & salad items available daily? *
Are undressed vegetables & salad items available daily?
Do the vegetables and salads look appetising? eg not browning or overcooked? *
Do the vegetables and salads look appetising? eg not browning or overcooked?
If canned fruit is used, is it preserved in natural juice or water (NOT Syrup)? *
If canned fruit is used, is it preserved in natural juice or water (NOT Syrup)?
Is fruit prominently displayed and within easy reach? *
Is fruit prominently displayed and within easy reach?
Does the fruit look appetising? eg not bruised, wrinkled etc *
Does the fruit look appetising? eg not bruised, wrinkled etc
Are salads/vegetables/fruit offered as part of a meal deal? *
Are salads/vegetables/fruit offered as part of a meal deal?
Fruit based desserts are available at least 3 times per week. *
Fruit based desserts are available at least 3 times per week.
Is it possible for children to have at least 5 portions of different fruits or vegetables throughout the day? *
Is it possible for children to have at least 5 portions of different fruits or vegetables throughout the day?
Are undressed fruits or vegetables/salads available at every meal time? *
Are undressed fruits or vegetables/salads available at every meal time?
Is a variety of fruit or fruit juice available at breakfast? *
Is a variety of fruit or fruit juice available at breakfast?
Are fruit based desserts available at least 3 times per week (at lunchtime)? *
Are fruit based desserts available at least 3 times per week (at lunchtime)?
Are at least two types of undressed vegetables and salad items available every day? *
Are at least two types of undressed vegetables and salad items available every day?
Do you have undressed main salad dishes? eg dressing optional or served on the side *
Do you have undressed main salad dishes? eg dressing optional or served on the side
Are portions of fruit readily available every day? *
Are portions of fruit readily available every day?
Are fruit based desserts available? *
Are fruit based desserts available?

Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein

Is a meat or meat alternative dish available at both lunch and dinner? *
Is a meat or meat alternative dish available at both lunch and dinner?
Is fish offered at least twice a week, one of these should be an oily fish? *
Is fish offered at least twice a week, one of these should be an oily fish?
Is oily fish offered once every three weeks? *
Is oily fish offered once every three weeks?
Is non-fried fish available as an alternative when fried fish is on the menu? *
Is non-fried fish available as an alternative when fried fish is on the menu?
If a vegetarian alternative is offered is there a good mix of cheese and pulse based dishes on the menu? *
If a vegetarian alternative is offered is there a good mix of cheese and pulse based dishes on the menu?
Are meat and meat products like sausages and burgers offered grilled, baked or roasted on a rack, not just fried and roasted in fat? *
Are meat and meat products like sausages and burgers offered grilled, baked or roasted on a rack, not just fried and roasted in fat?
Are lean cuts of meat used and/or visible fat removed before cooking? includes removal of chicken skin *
Are lean cuts of meat used and/or visible fat removed before cooking? includes removal of chicken skin
Are pulses added to stews/casseroles where appropriate? *
Are pulses added to stews/casseroles where appropriate?
Do meat products meet the standards for minimum meat content? *
Do meat products meet the standards for minimum meat content?
Do you purchase canned beans and pulses with no added salt or sugar? *
Do you purchase canned beans and pulses with no added salt or sugar?
Are pulse-based soups provided at least once per week throughout the menu cycle? *
Are pulse-based soups provided at least once per week throughout the menu cycle?
If fried or roasted meats/fish are available, is an alternative provided? *
If fried or roasted meats/fish are available, is an alternative provided?
Do your menus meet the standards relating to meat products? *
Do your menus meet the standards relating to meat products?

Milk and dairy products

Are full fat milk and lower fat milks available at every meal? *
Are full fat milk and lower fat milks available at every meal?
Are hot milky drinks promoted to residents? *
Are hot milky drinks promoted to residents?
Is yogurt (both low fat and full fat) provided as a snack or accompaniment? *
Is yogurt (both low fat and full fat) provided as a snack or accompaniment?
Is a dairy food such as cheese or yoghurt, custard or milk pudding available at the main service at least 2 times a day? *
Is a dairy food such as cheese or yoghurt, custard or milk pudding available at the main service at least 2 times a day?
Does skimmed or semi skimmed milk replace full fat milk in cooking? *
Does skimmed or semi skimmed milk replace full fat milk in cooking?
Are low fat drinks available as an accompaniment? eg cereal *
Are low fat drinks available as an accompaniment? eg cereal
Are low fat milks available to drink/used in drinks? *
Are low fat milks available to drink/used in drinks?
Is a dairy food such as cheese or yoghurt, custard or milk pudding available at the main service? *
Is a dairy food such as cheese or yoghurt, custard or milk pudding available at the main service?
Is semi skimmed milk or skimmed milk available as an alternative to full fat milk if requested for children over the age of 2 years? *
Is semi skimmed milk or skimmed milk available as an alternative to full fat milk if requested for children over the age of 2 years?
Are children provided with 2-3 portions of dairy foods per day? *
Are children provided with 2-3 portions of dairy foods per day?
If soya milk is used, is it fortified? *
If soya milk is used, is it fortified?
Is milk available as a drink? *
Is milk available as a drink?
Are lower fat milks/cheeses or smaller amounts of stronger cheeses used in cooking for those requiring a healthier choice? *
Are lower fat milks/cheeses or smaller amounts of stronger cheeses used in cooking for those requiring a healthier choice?
Are lower fat cheeses (eg Edam, Camembert, Cottage Cheese) available at the deli/salad bar? *
Are lower fat cheeses (eg Edam, Camembert, Cottage Cheese) available at the deli/salad bar?

Fat, sugar and salt

Are monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated oils used when frying? *
Are monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated oils used when frying?
Are fortified (folic acid & vitamin D) unsaturated fat spreads available as an alternative to butter? *
Are fortified (folic acid & vitamin D) unsaturated fat spreads available as an alternative to butter?
Are unsaturated fat spreads available as an alternative to butter? *
Are unsaturated fat spreads available as an alternative to butter?
Are there more than two deep-fried items served in a week? *
Are there more than two deep-fried items served in a week?
Have foods been grilled, baked or steamed rather than fried or roasted where possible? *
Have foods been grilled, baked or steamed rather than fried or roasted where possible?
Has minimal amount of vegetable oil been used in cooking? *
Has minimal amount of vegetable oil been used in cooking?
Is excess fat skimmed off meat dishes (eg casseroles, stews) during/after cooking? *
Is excess fat skimmed off meat dishes (eg casseroles, stews) during/after cooking?
Is skin removed from poultry before cooking, or skinless meat used (other than roast)? *
Is skin removed from poultry before cooking, or skinless meat used (other than roast)?
Are meat and meat products like sausages and burgers offered grilled, baked or roasted on a rack not just fried and roasted flat? *
Are meat and meat products like sausages and burgers offered grilled, baked or roasted on a rack not just fried and roasted flat?
Are reduced fat salad dressings available? *
Are reduced fat salad dressings available?
Is salt added to vegetables, rice, pasta or potatoes during cooking? *
Is salt added to vegetables, rice, pasta or potatoes during cooking?
Are the consumers asked if they would like spread/butter in their item? eg jacket potato, sandwich, roll, baguette? *
Are the consumers asked if they would like spread/butter in their item? eg jacket potato, sandwich, roll, baguette?
If vegetables, potatoes, pasta, rice, noodles are offered, are they available prepared/cooked/served without added fat eg butter/spread/oil/ghee - it can be served separately on the side *
If vegetables, potatoes, pasta, rice, noodles are offered, are they available prepared/cooked/served without added fat eg butter/spread/oil/ghee - it can be served separately on the side
Are fried/roasted vegetables cut thickly to reduce overall fat content? *
Are fried/roasted vegetables cut thickly to reduce overall fat content?
Do you offer low fat/low sugar items such as yogurt or crème fraiche as alternatives to cream and ice-cream with desserts? *
Do you offer low fat/low sugar items such as yogurt or crème fraiche as alternatives to cream and ice-cream with desserts?
If cream is essential to a recipe is a low fat version used? eg single cream/crème fraiche *
If cream is essential to a recipe is a low fat version used? eg single cream/crème fraiche
Do you offer an alternative when cream-based dishes are served? eg tomato or vegetable based sauces *
Do you offer an alternative when cream-based dishes are served? eg tomato or vegetable based sauces
Do you offer an alternative to cream soups or use milk in place of cream? *
Do you offer an alternative to cream soups or use milk in place of cream?
Is salt available to add to food after the cooking process is complete? *
Is salt available to add to food after the cooking process is complete?
Are tinned vegetables without salt used? *
Are tinned vegetables without salt used?
Are ‘ready to use’ sauces used? *
Are ‘ready to use’ sauces used?
Are any tinned pasta shapes in tomato sauce used? *
Are any tinned pasta shapes in tomato sauce used?
Are servings of baked beans limited to 3 servings across the weekly menu? *
Are servings of baked beans limited to 3 servings across the weekly menu?
Is salt added to vegetables, rice, pasta or potatoes during cooking? *
Is salt added to vegetables, rice, pasta or potatoes during cooking?
Are only lower sugar/salt snacks served? eg no crisps *
Are only lower sugar/salt snacks served? eg no crisps
Are savoury crackers and breadsticks only served with fruit, vegetables or dairy food as part of a school lunch? *
Are savoury crackers and breadsticks only served with fruit, vegetables or dairy food as part of a school lunch?
Are other methods of flavour enhancing used such as herbs, spices, lemon juice/vinegar instead of salt/MSG/Soy sauce etc? *
Are other methods of flavour enhancing used such as herbs, spices, lemon juice/vinegar instead of salt/MSG/Soy sauce etc?
Are condiments, such as ketchup and mayonnaise, only available in sachets or in individual portions of not more than 10g or 1 teaspoonful? *
Are condiments, such as ketchup and mayonnaise, only available in sachets or in individual portions of not more than 10g or 1 teaspoonful?
Are confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets provided? *
Are confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate-coated biscuits and sweets provided?
Are cakes and biscuits served only as part of a meal, not as a snack? *
Are cakes and biscuits served only as part of a meal, not as a snack?
Are cakes and biscuits allowed at lunchtime as part of a main meal and do not contain any confectionery? *
Are cakes and biscuits allowed at lunchtime as part of a main meal and do not contain any confectionery?
Are the only snacks available nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit with no added salt, sugar or fat? Dried fruit may contain up to 0.5% vegetable oil as a glazing agent *
Are the only snacks available nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit with no added salt, sugar or fat? Dried fruit may contain up to 0.5% vegetable oil as a glazing agent
If mousse on jelly is on the menu, are sugar free varieties available as alternatives? *
If mousse on jelly is on the menu, are sugar free varieties available as alternatives?
Are reduced amounts of sugar used in recipes where appropriate? *
Are reduced amounts of sugar used in recipes where appropriate?
Are low fat/sugar alternatives available when high fat/sugar items are served? *
Are low fat/sugar alternatives available when high fat/sugar items are served?
Is a low calorie sweetener available for beverages? *
Is a low calorie sweetener available for beverages?

The extra mile

Where possible are lower salt varieties of products used? eg soy sauce, bread *
Where possible are lower salt varieties of products used? eg soy sauce, bread
Do all lunch and tea meals provide a combination of protein, starchy food and 1-2 vegetables or fruits? *
Do all lunch and tea meals provide a combination of protein, starchy food and 1-2 vegetables or fruits?
Are milk and water the only available drinks between meals? *
Are milk and water the only available drinks between meals?
Is there a policy for managing allergies/intolerance queries? *
Is there a policy for managing allergies/intolerance queries?
The nursery does not encourage weaning before the age of 6 months unless following the advise of a health visitor. *
The nursery does not encourage weaning before the age of 6 months unless following the advise of a health visitor.
Do you welcome mothers who may wish to breastfeed? *
Do you welcome mothers who may wish to breastfeed?
Do you provide adequate storage for mothers wanting to leave bottles containing breast/formula milk? *
Do you provide adequate storage for mothers wanting to leave bottles containing breast/formula milk?
Have key members of staff undertaken recognised nutrition training? *
Have key members of staff undertaken recognised nutrition training?

Drinks

Is free, fresh drinking water available at all times? *
Is free, fresh drinking water available at all times?
Do you provide a minimum of 7-8 beverages throughout the day? includes water, milk (both plain and flavoured), pure unsweetened fruit juice, squash (no added sugar should be available) tea, coffee (and all milk coffees), malted drinks and hot chocolate *
Do you provide a minimum of 7-8 beverages throughout the day? includes water, milk (both plain and flavoured), pure unsweetened fruit juice, squash (no added sugar should be available) tea, coffee (and all milk coffees), malted drinks and hot chocolate
Do you provide drinks at an acceptable temperature, in appealing cups, glasses or mugs? *
Do you provide drinks at an acceptable temperature, in appealing cups, glasses or mugs?
The only drinks available are compliant with current food based standards. *
The only drinks available are compliant with current food based standards.
Is free tap water always available? on the counter or offered to customers *
Is free tap water always available? on the counter or offered to customers
Is unflavoured bottle water available? *
Is unflavoured bottle water available?
Is skimmed or semi-skimmed milk available as an alternative to full fat milk for drinks and/or breakfast cereals? *
Is skimmed or semi-skimmed milk available as an alternative to full fat milk for drinks and/or breakfast cereals?
Is a variety of fruit or fruit juices available on the menu every day? *
Is a variety of fruit or fruit juices available on the menu every day?
Are at least one third of drinks considered healthy options? includes sugar free options *
Are at least one third of drinks considered healthy options? includes sugar free options

Snacks

Are small sandwiches, crackers, oatcakes, muffins, tea breads, plain/fruit scones or pancakes offered? *
Are small sandwiches, crackers, oatcakes, muffins, tea breads, plain/fruit scones or pancakes offered?
Are fruit/vegetables offered at snack time? *
Are fruit/vegetables offered at snack time?
Are drinks available? *
Are drinks available?

Vending

The only drinks available are compliant with current food based standards. *
The only drinks available are compliant with current food based standards.
The only food items available are compliant with current food based standards. *
The only food items available are compliant with current food based standards.
Are at least a third of drinks available considered to be a healthier option? *
Are at least a third of drinks available considered to be a healthier option?
Are at least a third of food items available considered to be a healthier option? *
Are at least a third of food items available considered to be a healthier option?
Are healthier options sold at a price that is equivalent to or lower than the price of the non-healthier options? *
Are healthier options sold at a price that is equivalent to or lower than the price of the non-healthier options?
Are healthier products placed in the top third of the vending machine so that they are visable at eye level? *
Are healthier products placed in the top third of the vending machine so that they are visable at eye level?
Have staff been trained to ensure they are aware of the CFH vending criteria? *
Have staff been trained to ensure they are aware of the CFH vending criteria?

Food services

Are foods available served without added fat or dressings? fat or dressings can be offered on the side *
Are foods available served without added fat or dressings? fat or dressings can be offered on the side
Are customers given a choice on salt being added to their food? eg chips *
Are customers given a choice on salt being added to their food? eg chips
Is a low sodium alternative available to add at the table? *
Is a low sodium alternative available to add at the table?
Is an alternative to cake or biscuits available on the hospitality menu? *
Is an alternative to cake or biscuits available on the hospitality menu?
Are salads/vegetables offered as part of a filling or accompaniment or included as part of a meal deal? *
Are salads/vegetables offered as part of a filling or accompaniment or included as part of a meal deal?
Is fruit predominantly displayed and within easy reach? eg at the till point *
Is fruit predominantly displayed and within easy reach? eg at the till point
Does the menu encourage customers to ask for variations? *
Does the menu encourage customers to ask for variations?
Is a low fat main course dish always available? *
Is a low fat main course dish always available?
Is a low fat vegetarian option always available? *
Is a low fat vegetarian option always available?
Are customers able to choose whether desserts are plain or served with cream/custard/ice cream? *
Are customers able to choose whether desserts are plain or served with cream/custard/ice cream?
Are two or more types of healthier alternatives available to confectionery and crisps? eg dried fruit, plain nuts and seeds, baked crisps, rice cakes *
Are two or more types of healthier alternatives available to confectionery and crisps? eg dried fruit, plain nuts and seeds, baked crisps, rice cakes

Children’s meals

Are at least two appropriately priced small portions of healthier adult meals available? *
Are at least two appropriately priced small portions of healthier adult meals available?
Does at least half of the children’s menu contain healthier options? *
Does at least half of the children’s menu contain healthier options?
When chips/deep fried potato products are served, are healthier alternatives available? *
When chips/deep fried potato products are served, are healthier alternatives available?
Are fruit, vegetables or salad served as part of every child’s meal? *
Are fruit, vegetables or salad served as part of every child’s meal?
Are milk and water available? *
Are milk and water available?

Display, pricing, marketing and staff training

Are healthier options promoted by being given more prominent position on displays? *
Are healthier options promoted by being given more prominent position on displays?
Do staff actively encourage healthier options? eg promote extra salad or offer an alternative to chips *
Do staff actively encourage healthier options? eg promote extra salad or offer an alternative to chips
Are healthier products priced competitively to encourage purchases? *
Are healthier products priced competitively to encourage purchases?
Are meals deals available that include healthier options? *
Are meals deals available that include healthier options?
Is there a policy for managing allergies/intolerance queries? *
Is there a policy for managing allergies/intolerance queries?
If a food labelling system is in place are there guidelines to ensure accuracy and consistency? *
If a food labelling system is in place are there guidelines to ensure accuracy and consistency?
Are standard recipes being followed? *
Are standard recipes being followed?
Are staff aware of the healthier options that are available? *
Are staff aware of the healthier options that are available?
Have key members of staff undertaken recognised nutrition training? *
Have key members of staff undertaken recognised nutrition training?
Are fair trade products used? *
Are fair trade products used?
Is a lower fat alternative to a potato item cooked in fat available? *
Is a lower fat alternative to a potato item cooked in fat available?
Are manufactured goods compared to the Food Standards Agency’s Target Nutrient Specifications for manufactured products? eg salt in bread *
Are manufactured goods compared to the Food Standards Agency’s Target Nutrient Specifications for manufactured products? eg salt in bread
Are grains such as barley, rice and pasta added to homemade soups? *
Are grains such as barley, rice and pasta added to homemade soups?
Do you hot-hold vegetables for longer than 90 minutes? *
Do you hot-hold vegetables for longer than 90 minutes?
Do you offer meals/additional sauces with a softer texture for those with chewing difficulties? *
Do you offer meals/additional sauces with a softer texture for those with chewing difficulties?
Is a smooth yogurt available for those that require a modified texture diet? *
Is a smooth yogurt available for those that require a modified texture diet?
Is the menu capable of meeting the food preferences of the end users? *
Is the menu capable of meeting the food preferences of the end users?
Are there arrangements in place for meeting dietary needs that cannot be provided from the standard menu? *
Are there arrangements in place for meeting dietary needs that cannot be provided from the standard menu?
 
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