NOV 98] STRATFORD ON AVON DISTRICT COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Tackling The Killer Disease
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
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
"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.
Mark Lepkowski, press officer 01789 260104
Nancy Singleton, health promotion officer 01789 260803