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Health initiatives

Health initiatives

Chesterfield Borough Council are working on three exciting new initiatives to promote health and wellbeing within the borough of Chesterfield.

  • Breastfeeding "Welcome Here" Award
  • The Heart of Derbyshire Award
  • Healthy Eating in the Community

The following information provides the public and businesses with useful information, with links to all the initiatives should you want more information.

Breastfeeding "Welcome Here" Award

Food businesses are welcome to sign up to the award, which is free of charge and a simple process.

Contact Louise Rach, environmental health officer in the Food and Health & Safety Team, on 01246 345728 or email for more information.  

Please access more information on the Derbyshire County Council website.

Benefits to your business

  • Free marketing and publicity
  • Attracting families by making them feel welcome
  • Breastfeeding mums will be likely to return time after time and will spread the word of your award within their own network/community
  • Improve customer service and attract new customers
  • Help towards positive health effect for babies 

Breastfeeding mums should look out for the businesses that display the Breastfeeding "Welcome Here" certificate and sticker and know that you are welcome here at this business to breastfeed your baby. 

To see a list of businesses that have already signed up to the award, visit the breastfeeding welcome here directory. Alternatively ask your local children's centre or health visitor for more information.

The Heart of Derbyshire Award

The Heart of Derbyshire Award is a new award that businesses can apply to by making pledges on how they will provide healthier catering and help members of the public make healthier choices. It's up to the business owners how many pledges they sign up for. The award obtained can be bronze, silver or gold, depending on the number of pledges you sign up for. 

Take a look at Heart of Derbyshire to find out more about the awards and apply online.

Example pledges

  • Reducing Saturated Fats (suggestion = use lower fat alternatives)
  • Reducing Salt (suggestion = remove salt form the table)
  • Providing Fruit and Veg or Wholegrain Options
  • Offering Smaller Portion Sizes
  • Providing Allergen Information (suggestion = know what is in your products so you can advise on gluten free dishes, etc.)
  • Signing up to the Breastfeeding Award 

Members of the public can look out for the Heart of Derbyshire Awards displayed at the food business to make them aware that this business displaying the awards provides healthier options. 

You can also see a list of businesses that have made the Heart of Derbyshire pledge

Healthy eating in the community

We are currently running various healthy eating sessions with schoolchildren in the community to promote the benefits of a healthy balanced diet.

Activities include:

  • healthy food tasting
  • quizzes and competitions
  • healthy food swaps
  • what is a healthy lunch box
  • fruit animals
  • planting fruit and veg at home

If you would like us to attend your community event please contact Louise Rach Environmental Health Officer in the Food and Health and Safety Team on 01246 345728 or at

Last updated on 01 April 2020