The Healthy Living Award

The healthy living award is a national award which rewards caterers who make it easier for their customers to eat healthily. The award is supported by the NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Government.

There are a number of care homes who currently hold the award and understand the importance of improving of health and wellbeing of their residents and staff through achieving the award criteria.

To achieve the award there are certain conditions which must be met and these are based around the general principals of a healthy balanced diet and include:

  • Keeping levels of fat, salt and sugar to a minimum in the food you serve.
  • Make fruit and vegetables available.
  • Make starchy foods the main part of most meals.
  • Make at least 50% of the food you serve using healthier ingredients and cooking methods, in line with specific healthy living criteria.

If you wish to apply for the award, and play your part in achieving a healthier Scotland, you can do so by visiting  and clicking on the online form, alternatively you can print off, complete and return the forms by post.

If you wish to register a group of businesses for the healthy living award please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0141 414 2880 and NHS Health Scotland can help streamline the process for you.

Should you decide to apply NHS Health Scotland are happy to support you through the process, they are always at the end of the phone or email to help you meet the criteria.

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