What's HOT? Healthier options in the 'out of home' environment
PHE ePoster Library. Holmes K. 09/12/17; 186671; 111
Kathy Holmes
Kathy Holmes
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Abstract IntroductionThe 'Out of home' food environment is recognised as an important factor contributing to rising obesity levels, and there is a positive correlation between density of fastfood outlets and deprivation. The Nottinghamshire Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT) Merit scheme was launched in 2015 and is a partnership between County Council Public Health, District Council Environmental Health and Trading Standards. HOT increases accessibility and awareness of healthier food choices in takeaways and workplace catering outlets to improve customer choice and enhance reputation of businesses.MethodEnvironmental Health Officers (EHO's) have received Public Health supported training on HOT and RSPH level One to support businesses with a food hygiene rating of 3 or above in developing simple pledges to make small changes to their practices. When awarded the merit, businesses have access to resources, inclusion on the HOT website and promotion of their business through media opportunities.ResultsHOT has 120 takeaways signed up including sandwich shops, Indian, Chinese and Pizza takeaways. A mapping tool, utilising local insight, was developed to encourage targeted intervention and has been recognised in the PHE national toolkit. District Councillors have been recruited as HOT champions to promote the Scheme. HOT has been covered by local media outlets raising awareness of the issues.ConclusionA collaborative community asset based approach to improving healthier food choices has successfully introduced health improvement into the work of EHO's, engaged local food businesses and Councillors, and raised awareness of issues for customers in food outlets and through local media coverage.
Abstract IntroductionThe 'Out of home' food environment is recognised as an important factor contributing to rising obesity levels, and there is a positive correlation between density of fastfood outlets and deprivation. The Nottinghamshire Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT) Merit scheme was launched in 2015 and is a partnership between County Council Public Health, District Council Environmental Health and Trading Standards. HOT increases accessibility and awareness of healthier food choices in takeaways and workplace catering outlets to improve customer choice and enhance reputation of businesses.MethodEnvironmental Health Officers (EHO's) have received Public Health supported training on HOT and RSPH level One to support businesses with a food hygiene rating of 3 or above in developing simple pledges to make small changes to their practices. When awarded the merit, businesses have access to resources, inclusion on the HOT website and promotion of their business through media opportunities.ResultsHOT has 120 takeaways signed up including sandwich shops, Indian, Chinese and Pizza takeaways. A mapping tool, utilising local insight, was developed to encourage targeted intervention and has been recognised in the PHE national toolkit. District Councillors have been recruited as HOT champions to promote the Scheme. HOT has been covered by local media outlets raising awareness of the issues.ConclusionA collaborative community asset based approach to improving healthier food choices has successfully introduced health improvement into the work of EHO's, engaged local food businesses and Councillors, and raised awareness of issues for customers in food outlets and through local media coverage.
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