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H.M.P Addiewell: Healthy Eating For A Captive Market

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H.M.P Addiewell: Healthy Eating For A Captive Market

October 21
20:07 2013
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Having become the  first prison to achieve the healthyliving award plus, H.M.P Addiewell is in a class of its own. According to Neil Quinn, catering manager for Sodexo Justice Services at the facility, the prisoners have by and large taken on board the importance of healthy eating:

‘Having held the award for two years, the healthyliving award plus was an obvious progression for me and the team,’ he explains.

‘Since arriving at the prison, my goal as catering manager has been to offer a diet suitable for the Scottish prison palate, but also to include the option of eating healthily,’ he says.

‘While some establishments offer only minimal choices, I decided to double the number of options that would be available at Addiewell, so that prisoners would have more than one meal to choose from if they wanted to eat healthily. As a result, we introduced a choice of five at lunch, and six at dinner.’

 The changes went down a treat with the growing population at Addiewell, and as well as the food quickly becoming one of the most talked about topics, it has also helped to promote a more positive atmosphere in general throughout the prison:

‘We’ve even seen an improvement in behaviour among the prisoners since introducing the healthier menus, continues Neil.

‘Despite our tight budgets we’ve been able to make savings by changing brands where possible, and when buying in bulk these savings can add up. These savings have allowed us to purchase healthier ingredients such as unsaturated vegetable oils and wholemeal bread.

 ‘The feedback we receive from the new menu changes for the plus award has also been very positive.

‘We hold consultative forums on a weekly basis and prisoners even put forward suggestions for healthier variations of some of the dishes on the menu.’

So, although crime itself may not pay, serving healthier food to those serving time has certainly paid off for Neil and his team.







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H.M.P Addiewell in West Lothian has become the first prison to achieve the healthyliving award plus, both for their prisoner and staff canteens…

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