South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has won an award for offering good quality food hygiene standards and healthier food options.

The service and its caterers were presented with the Silver Healthy Options Award which is administered by SRS Commercial Services team on behalf of Cardiff Council.

The award aims to encourage organisations to improve access to healthier food options so the ‘healthy choice is the easy choice’ for customers.

This includes the use of better catering practices, increasing fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates and decreasing saturated fat, sugar and salt.

Allyson Jones, Commercial Services Officer for Shared Regulatory Services, went along to the South Wales Fire and Rescue Training Centre at Cardiff Gate to carry out the assessment and was really encouraged by the healthy options available.

She said: “It’s great to see the recognition of how important it is to eat well at work and how far South Wales Fire and Rescue has gone to support their staff to make healthy choices, keep well and perform at their best.”

The Silver Healthy Options Award was received by Watch Commander Mark Tait and Chef Manager Stephen Leslie. The pair recognised their wider commitment to supporting the Healthy Workplace Principles as part of the Cardiff and Vale Local Action Plan to encourage people to Move More Eat Well.

Station Manager Mark Tait, who has taken an interest in the Move More Eat Well Programme, was interested to find out how he could support staff wellbeing. He attends network meetings with a range of partners from the Public Service Boards to discuss opportunities to create a healthier workplace. One of the key areas was to ensure a healthier food environment.

He said: “South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has improved its culture around wellbeing and managing mental health-related conditions. Stephen and I recognised that nutrition is a key area to target in respect of our colleagues’ wellbeing.

“The service understands that it needs to continue to improve its knowledge and expertise in this area. We are continuously developing our knowledge regarding nutrition, exercise and other holistic methods that tackle wellbeing. May the learning continue.”

Chef Manager Stephen Leslie explained that Elior is the company that provide the catering service at the Cardiff Gate Training Centre. “They recognise the importance of empowering customers to follow a healthy lifestyle by developing menus that offer a range of tasty and fresh food that is good for them,” he said.

For more details on the Healthy Options Award, or to contact Shared Regulatory Services, go here.