the Riverside Centre in Newton Stewart is the first day centre in Dumfries and Galloway to gain a national healthy living award.
The popular day centre for older people is still celebrating the achievement of a national accreditation, announced last week. The healthyliving award aims to make it easier for customers to find healthier food when eating away from home, with caterers needing to meet a set of key criteria to ensure they are providing and supporting healthier eating. Scottish Government Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson said: “The Healthyliving Award lies at the heart of our route map to prevent overweight and obesity, providing us with tasty, quality foods that help us take those small but important steps to a healthier diet. We’re committed to doing everything we can to improve the health of all Scots. Eating a healthy diet and, particularly, introducing children to healthy eating is one way we can do this and I congratulate all of those recognised here today.” Healthyliving award Project Manager, Claire Brown, who presented awards at the event, said: “The businesses here today should be proud of their achievement of this national accreditation. These businesses have worked hard to achieve the high standards of the award and are leading the way amongst the catering trade; proving that catering businesses of all sizes can satisfy demand for healthier food choices, and be rewarded for their efforts.”