Council scheme to help people make healthier food choices backed by Oasis Cafe in Market Deeping
A scheme has been launched to help people make healthier choices when they eat out or order takeaways.
Healthier Options advises cafés and restaurants on how to improve their menus and cooking techniques so that customers can benefit.
One of those which has already signed up is the Oasis Café at the Northfields Industrial Estate in Market Deeping. Owner Sonia Scullion said: “Healthier Options has made us look more closely at our menu and we have made lots of small improvements such as reducing salt or offering salad instead of chips.
“When we did this with our lasagne, about half of customers took up the salad option, so it really is about being able to offer people the opportunity to make healthier choices.”
Coun Sue Woolley, chairman of the Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said the aim of Healthier Options, a collaboration between the county council and South Kesteven District Council, is to help people to access food outside the home which was lower in calories, sugar, fat and salt.
“It is a great way of providing healthier eating opportunities. The aim is not to force people to eat healthier options, but to make them easier to find for those who want them.”
As well as the Oasis Café, Newton’s Wine Bar and Tapas in North Street, Bourne has joined the scheme.
Healthier Options is free to join and open to food outlets with a hygiene rating of 3, 4 or 5.
Further information for businesses and customers in Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings areas is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org