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[24 NOV 98] STRATFORD ON AVON DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Tackling The Killer Disease

The traditional view that motorway service food is fat and stodgy appears to be a thing of the past. Two of the food outlets at the Warwick service area on the M40 have proved they provide a healthy menu, as they take steps to tackle the UK's biggest killer, coronary heart disease.

They are amongst 14 organisations in the Stratford District that are taking the disease seriously, and have won recognition for their contribution in tackling it. Each has provided more healthy food choices and increased the amount of no-smoking areas in their outlets, and on Friday, Stratford District Council will honour the firms with a Heartbeat Award

"These establishments have all demonstrated their commitment to the Heartbeat Award and it is good news that so many bars, restaurants and other food outlets are providing us with a more healthy way to eat,"

says Nancy Singleton, the District Council's health promotion officer.

"The Heartbeat Award is a nationally recognised award to encourage food outlets to provide healthy eating options in their menu selections, provide designated no smoking areas, and to ensure food is prepared and handled under hygienic conditions by trained staff.

"The percentage of deaths due to coronary heart disease increases with age, reaching a peak for men between the ages of 55 and 64, after which it decreases."

Each year the Heartbeat Award recognises a set standard for catering establishments in effectively reducing the risk of heart attacks. The Awards will be presented at the Council's headquarters in Stratford-upon-Avon by the chairman of the Council's Community Services Committee, Cllr Geoff Freeman.

Awards will be presented to: Bell Inn, Welford; Cottage of Content, Barton; Eastnor House Hotel, Stratford; Granary Restaurant, M40 Northbound; Haven House, Kineton; Hedgerley Rest Home, Kings Coughton; Hylands House, Stratford; Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford; Stratford Preparatory School; Studley Castle; Welcome Break (shop), M40 Northbound; Winton House, Upper Quinton; Youth Hostel Association, Alveston.

MORE INFORMATION:
Mark Lepkowski, press officer  01789 260104
Nancy Singleton, health promotion officer   01789 260803
   

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