About the healthyliving award

Pause of the award

The healthyliving award is working alongside others to lead the national public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, we’ve had to pause the healthyliving award until Spring 2021 in order to move members of staff into Scotland’s public health response.

We're not currently accepting new registrations to the healthyliving award programme and we cannot provide face-to-face support.

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The healthyliving award is a national award for the foodservice sector in Scotland.

It has long been recognised that caterers can play an important role in influencing what their customers eat, and it is important to recognise and reward those who are making it easier for their customers to eat more healthily. The healthyliving award aims to achieve this.

The award criteria are based on the general principles of a healthy balanced diet and have been developed to be in keeping with Scottish dietary targets. Simple changes to the way a caterer works could make a significant difference to their business.

Funding and Management

The award is delivered by a team with expertise and experience in the food and catering industry. Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland fully support the award.

Fitting into wider policy

The healthyliving award is part of a drive to tackle health inequalities as outlined in NHS Health Scotland’s 5 year strategy ‘A Fairer Healthier Scotland’

The award also supports a number of Scottish Government policy areas and activities. These include


As the Government’s flagship Scotland-only catering scheme, the healthyliving award remains a key part of the Governments broader catering strategy. 

Partnership working

The award benefits from partnership working with various organisations from the private, public and third sectors.

Local Authority Environmental Service Departments, The Food Standards Agency Scotland, and the Scottish Food Enforcement Liaison Committee are amongst those supportive of the award.

We work closely with our colleagues in the Healthy Working Lives team to ensure synergy between the catering sections of that award and our criteria.