Healthier Catering Commitment Scheme - GCDA

Updated: Jul 18, 2018

Rust Bucket Pizza Company, Vitto Marino, owner, Healthier Catering Commitment awarded 2017

What is it?

The Healthier Catering Commitment (HCC) is a voluntary scheme for food businesses developed by the Association of London Environmental Health Managers and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and supported by Greater London Authority, Mayor of London office.

The Good Food in Greenwich network supports the development of a local healthy and sustainable food environment, and the HCC scheme comes under this initiative.

The scheme is designed to support fast food or café businesses, to help them make simple and affordable changes to the food they sell, to make it healthier for you.

There is link between what we eat and our health

  • Too much salt in our diet can cause high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

  • Too much fat and sugar in the diet increase risk of being overweight, which increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

  • Fruit and vegetables help protect against heart disease and cancer.

  • Too many sugary foods also increase the risk of tooth decay.

People are increasingly eating outside of the home. In surveys, people say:

  • They want healthier choices on the menu when they are eating outside the home.

  • It is the responsibility of the caterer to provide healthier choice.

  • They want to see more grilled and vegetarian options on the menu.

When a food business signs up to the HCC scheme, it commits to improving the food they sell by making small changes, such as:

  • Changing the oil, they cook with to healthier alternatives

  • Heating oil to correct temperature and regularly replacing used cooking oil with fresh cooking oil. This can help chips, and other fried foods soak up less fat during the cooking process

  • Offering some healthy options (for example, lower sugar drinks and snacks); and

  • Making smaller portions available on request.

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