Since the NHS and governmental organisations started to put focus on how people in the UK can start to lead healthy lifestyles, more businesses have started to look at encouraging people to perform swaps and lifestyles changes that can benefit them on a daily basis. On both a local and a national level, businesses are starting to encourage people to choose healthier food, drink and exercise options.
One of the largest steps that businesses have taken towards healthy lifestyles is the promotion and creation of healthier options being available to buy. For instance, many restaurants now have separate menus for healthy eating or dietary requirements such as vegan and vegetarian diets. They have also started to create extra healthy eating options on their menus, such as salads and ‘skinny’ options, which tend to come with carbohydrate filled side orders like chips. There has also begun to be a surge in local restaurants opening that are focused on healthy foods and solely sell products with organic and healthy ingredients. For instance, Neds Noodle Bar, a small chain located in the South of England, has changed the way that we consume noodles by promoting healthy ingredients in their food products.
Not only this, but many brands have started to change the ingredients and their recipes by reducing the amount of salt and saturated fats in their products, as well as preservatives that have been proven to have negative effects, such as additives like e-numbers. Many local independent restaurants also offer food swaps where customers can change an unhealthy ingredient such as chips for a healthy alternative like vegetables and fruit, allowing customers to make their own healthy choices.
Many local shops have also started to create incentives such as discounts and loyalty points if customers display proof of their healthy lifestyle. For instance, in local areas, shops offer discounts to customers who have cycled to their store and foregone using cars. Additionally, many local businesses attend events in the community which help to develop healthy lifestyles, such as marathons and other sporting events, allowing them to show their focus and support for a healthier lifestyle.
Shop lay-outs have also been altered in recent years, with government schemes to reduce the number of unhealthy food products displayed at check-outs and other prominent areas, along with other products. Not only this, but many shops that sell alcohol have signs to indicate the negative effect of drinking too much and the advantages of being drink aware.
Not only this, but local and nationwide shops have also started to reduce the price of healthy food items and other products, meaning that these foods and drinks are available to a wider range of people, allowing everyone to access a healthy diet and lifestyle. By supporting local organisations that produce fruit and vegetables, such as farm shops, customers will be able to find cheaper prices for the foods that they need to stay healthy.