Healthy Eating Policy Statement from Chartwells
A balanced diet is essential for good mental and physical health, and to optimise growth and development in children and young people. Adopting a healthy diet and good eating habits in the early stages of life will lay the foundations for future health.
Chartwells strives to use the highest quality fresh ingredients, incorporating seasonal and regional produce where possible. We have a network of national and regional suppliers with whom we actively work to reduce the fat, salt and sugar levels of our food. Whilst monitoring these levels we also work to minimise and eliminate, where possible, the use of artificial additives. None of our ingredients contain the ‘Southampton Six’ artificial colours which have proven to increase hyperactivity in children.
Chartwells support the commitments Compass Group has made to the Government’s Responsibility Deal. None of our ingredients contain artificial trans fats and we are working closely with all of our suppliers to ensure our ingredients meet the 2012 salt targets.
Our menus are developed in line with healthy eating guidance. We use the Eatwell Plate as a guide and ensure that menus are compliant with the food and nutrient based standards for school food (Appetite for Life Standards in Wales). We can provide detailed recipe and menu analysis for all of our dishes and menus.
We strive to be more than just caterers and in addition to a nutritious food offer we have a nutrition education programme in place to educate pupils on the importance of a healthy balanced diet. Our ‘Putting Fun Back into Food’ programme supports schools in adopting a whole school approach and makes learning about nutrition and food fun and inspiring.
Amy Roberts BSc (Hons) RPHNutr