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Campaign tackles obesity in Harrogate

Campaign tackles obesity in Harrogate

Published at 7:52am 7th April 2016. (Updated at 1:28pm 7th April 2016)

Gold, silver and bronze awards are being given to businesses in Harrogate which commit to offering healthier food choices.

It's part of a new campaign to encourage better eating habits and reduce levels of obesity.

Officers from North Yorkshire’s Trading Standards team are promoting the scheme which doesn't cost anything to be part of.

The certificates will be awarded to businesses which proactively introduce a range of healthier food choices for their customers, such as different portion sizes, reduction of sugar and salt in the ingredients, and promoting water and low-sugar drinks over high-sugar alternatives.

County Councillor David Chance, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Public Health and Stronger Communities, said: "At present, around 68% of adults in our county are overweight or obese, against a national average of 64%. This is something we need to address to improve the overall health of our residents.

"We are already funding weight management programmes across the county in conjunction with district and borough council colleagues, and we are going through the process of rewriting the North Yorkshire Healthy Weight, Active Lives Strategy to revisit the priorities that support people of all ages to do more exercise and improve their eating habits."