Gatwick Wins Health and Vitality Honour

We’re delighted to announce that our unit at London Gatwick airport was awarded the ‘Corporate Vitality Honour at the recent Health and Vitality Honours by Footprint Forum.

Charlton House has become widely recognised for excellence and innovation in this area and the business is committed to offering healthy choices in the 45,000 meals it serves in corporate environments every day.

London Gatwick Airport has the world’s busiest second runway, serving 200 destinations for 35 million passengers a year. On site, there are around 2,500 London Gatwick Airport Limited employees, a combination of operational staff and office workers, who are dedicated to offering faultless service to passengers. Unfortunately the combination of shift working, travel, coping with high-pressure situations, and meeting the needs of millions of travelers mean that eating the right food at the right time is a real challenge for many of these employees.

In response to these healthy eating challenges faced by many staff at London Gatwick Airport and in collaboration with our client, we created “Passport to Health” – a bespoke healthy dining programme for all airport employees. Running in tandem with the enhanced nutritional profile of the food served at London Gatwick, “Passport to Health” includes an education plan and delivers subtle nudges towards airport-friendly healthy choices. One such choice is the “grab-and-fly” bags for aircrew breakfasts, which offer porridge oats plus fresh and dried fruits – all dry ingredients because liquids cannot be taken through security. Once airside, the oats can be made up into healthy porridge with water or hot milk.

CEO Caroline Fry says: “This is a wonderful win for us, as healthy eating underpins everything we do and we are especially proud of our work with London Gatwick Airport. The Corporate Vitality Honour reflects the proven advantages of offering nutritionally balanced meals in a workplace such as Gatwick. These benefits include reduced absenteeism and improved productivity, so a commitment to health and nutrition at work makes good business sense to employers as well as being good for their employees.

We are delighted to have gained recognition for our efforts with this prestigious award.”