The action and its aims
Healthy Choice is a certification and marketing scheme to recognise food businesses that serve up healthier options. It is open to all food businesses with a Food Hygiene Rating of 3 or above, including cafes, restaurants, takeaways, pubs, canteens, nurseries and school breakfast clubs. Businesses that sign the Healthy Choice Commitment receive a visit from the council’s food safety team, which offers tailored advice on healthier menu options, ingredients and cooking methods. Those that meet the criteria earn the Healthy Choice Award, allowing them to use the logo in promotional materials. The scheme aims to increase availability and visibility of healthier food options within the city.
When it was introduced
The award was introduced in 2008.
Why it was needed
One in six meals in Brighton and Hove is eaten outside the home but unhealthy options, such as burgers, fried chicken and chips, dominate the menus of takeaways and restaurants.
Who initiated it, who is involved
The scheme was launched as a partnership between Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC) and Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. As of 2019, however, BHCC is responsible for it.
Impacts to date
So far more than 200 food businesses, workplaces, nurseries, care homes and breakfast clubs have earned a Healthy Choice Award.