The catering team at Mayo University Hospital (MUH) is celebrating after its commitment to creating healthy menus for staff and visitors won top honours at a national ceremony.

The MUH food services team achieved gold medal status at the Happy Heart Healthy Eating Awards for the nutritious choices on offer at their catering units. 

The Happy Heart Healthy Eating Awards were launched by the Irish Heart Foundation almost 30 years ago to encourage healthcare catering facilities to adopt healthier cooking practices and provide strategies to promote healthy choices.

The criteria for the include offering high-fibre choices, monitoring portion sizes, counter display and vending machine content.

 The awards recognise the hard work and dedication to quality improvement and health promotion of catering staff across healthcare." 

In total, 30 HSE catering units from across the country were honoured for displaying a commitment to providing healthy meals.

Eighteen units, including MUH, were gold winners.

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