Published: May 6, 2010
Holiday park's menu gets a Jamie Oliver style makeover

A holiday park in Brean is among ten local food retailers that have taken up an opportunity to give their menus a Jamie Oliver style makeover.

Unity Farm Holiday Park is one of 50 firms across Somerset that have received direct training on how to introduce healthier menu options without having to change their budget or customer base as part of an initiative funded by the UK Food Standards Agency with the backing of Sedgemoor District Council.

The target audience for the project were catering businesses that provide food and drink for children and their families when eating out, primarily in leisure and holiday settings.

"The wider aim is to significantly reduce children’s consumption of saturated fat, salt and sugar, while providing businesses with the tools they need to improve their menu and health awareness, and in turn help drive down childhood obesity and bad diet-related illness," Lesley House, Environmental Health Officer at Sedgemoor District Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.

"Estimations show that between 24 and 30 per cent of children in Somerset are overweight and 6-9 per cent are obese before they even turn 19."

"The group of owners and chefs were given nutrition advice and shown alternative ingredients for popular menu items such as lasagne and ice cream. Suggestions were tailored to what was viably available locally and at the wholesalers."

 


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