NHS trust encourages communities to cook up a storm

An award-winning chef from a Teesside hospital trust has shared recipe secrets from his busy kitchens across sites in Stockton and Hartlepool.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust issued a pledge to their local communities at the start of 2019 to support a safer winter period. In January the Trust announced a partnership with In’n’Out Autocentres sharing tips to keep your vehicles running during the cold weather snap.

Now the Trust has issued a series of recipes via their social media accounts and challenged the public to re-create their version of the popular dishes. Richard Kirton, Executive Chef has shared culinary tips from some of his most loved dishes with the public in a bid to continue the safer winter message.

Speaking about the initiative, Jill McGee, Health and Wellbeing Lead for the organisation said ‘we are dedicated to sharing positive messages with our communities about taking control of their own health outcomes. At a time where ‘rate my plate’ has become a popular social media phenomenon, we felt it was time to get in on the action – with a healthy twist. Our chefs are some of the best in the NHS and our popular healthy dishes are some of our top sellers. From turkey meatballs to Singapore noodles – we are sharing our recipe secrets and asking our followers to re-create the dish and share it with our social media accounts’.

With the announcement of the NHS Long Term Plan in January 2019 and a focus on ‘doing things differently’ and ‘control over our own health’, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust say they want to encourage prevention rather than cure, and a healthy diet is central to this ambition.

Colin Chapman, Head of Catering for the Trust added ‘we serve up thousands of meals to patients, visitors and staff on a daily basis. We aim to offer a range of options and having Richard on board as our Executive Chef means that our menus are always diverse. If we can help to support our communities in sharing our healthy recipes – then we are happy to do so.

In 2016/17 there were 617,000 admissions to the NHS where obesity was an issue, an 18% increase on the previous year. In 2016 around 26% of adults were classified as obese.

To get involved with the initiative visit: https://www.facebook.com/NorthTeesHpoolNHS


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