A senior Bradford councillor has praised the initial impact of nutrition awareness training for takeaway owners.

Councillor Val Slater, chairman of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTS) Committee, made the comments after courses held at Jacobs Well in Bradford and the Keighley Healthy Living Centre were fully booked.

The training, run with WYTS and NHS dieticians, is part of a two-year Good Food Awards project to get healthier options on takeaway menus across the district.

“Calories and salt content within takeaways are usually pretty high,” said Coun Slater. “If takeaways can learn to prepare healthier options for their customers, the health and well-being of the people in Bradford can be improved.”

Takeaway staff learned about the importance of a balanced diet and ways in which food could be prepared to improve the nutrient content and reduce salt, sugar and saturated fats.

For information on future training sessions, call (0113) 393 9813.