Healthy eating pledge for fast food outlets in Essex


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Fast food outlets across Uttlesford are being asked to swap their deep fat-friers for grills and substitute in healthy ingredients to help serve up improved public health.

Tuck IN is a county-wide campaign to help takeaways make simple changes to tackle the growing issue of obesity.

Takeaway businesses in Essex can make the pledge to offer healthier options and use low fat alternatives alongside the country’s deep-fried traditions.

Councillor Susan Barker, cabinet member for environmental services at Uttlesford District Council, said: “It is recognised all across the country that there is a rising trend in obesity and an ever growing number of children are now regarded as overweight. This can affect people’s quality of life and have a detrimental impact on our NHS.

“There is no cost in making the Tuck IN pledge and the free support given to local food outlets by our Environmental Health team will mean that businesses can help those customers who are trying to make improvements in their lifestyles.”

The Tuck IN sticker will be displayed in participating premises who successfully take and meet the pledge.