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Tower Hamlets, London Borough of (London): Chefs get tips on healthier cooking

Press Release   •   Oct 11, 2010 12:49 BST

Chefs and cooks from Tower Hamlets learnt about cooking and preparing foods with reduced sugar, fat, salt and the benefits of healthier eating - after taking part in a free healthier frying and a nutrition workshop last week.

The workshops, organised by the council and NHS Tower Hamlets Healthy Borough Programme, are set-up to tackle obesity amongst local residents.

Tower Hamlets is the only London borough to offer these regular workshops along with the Food for Health awards – a scheme which acknowledges eateries for providing healthier options on their menus.

Food outlets that attended the workshops included:

  • Brasserie De Ville- South Quay Square
  • Cafe Isha - Roman Road
  • Favourite Chicken and Ribs- Bethnal Green Road
  • Shohar Sylhet- Bethnal Green Road
  • Docklands Diner- Cannon Drive, Hertsmere Road
  • Cafe 7- Selby Street

Michele Sandelson, Public Health Dietician from NHS Tower Hamlets, said: “By offering the free healthier cooking workshops to local food businesses we want to ensure people can have the choice of enjoying healthier food when eating out.

“The next workshop on 25 October, Healthier Catering, is already fully booked! It’s encouraging to know that food businesses are keen to learn about healthier cooking.

“We aim to offer realistic support to food businesses and as well as the workshops we’re also offering free pre-cut frozen potato wedges to the first 25 Tower Hamlets fast food, takeaways and cafés who sign up to the workshops. Wedges are a great alternative to chips and because they’re thicker and absorb less oil, making them healthier to eat.”

The free potato wedges initiative includes four 2.5kg bags of pre-cut frozen potato wedges to the first 25 businesses who apply – they must be participating in the Food for Health Awards scheme. The Awards are coordinated by NHS Tower Hamlets and the council as part of the Health Borough programme.

For more information about the Food for Health Awards, future workshops or free potato wedges please contact Altan Ahmet, Principal Environmental Health Officer, 020 7364 6738 or

For further information please contact:

Cecilia Clarke, Communications Officer

Tel. 079498 90484


Note to editors:

The Tower Hamlets Healthy Borough Programme is piloting environmental approaches to make it easier for children and families to be more physically active and eat more healthily wherever they live, work, travel, play or learn.

The Healthy Borough programme has £4.68 million of new funding with similar local match funding until March 2011.

The long-term goal is to help everyone to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives which will reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The Programme is based in the Tower Hamlets Partnership and brings together NHS Tower Hamlets, the council, community organisations, businesses and local people.

Tower Hamlets is the only London borough to be awarded ‘healthy town’ status and there are eight other ‘healthy towns’ nationally. It is part of the Government’s national Change 4 Life initiative.


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