Mayor tucks in at healthy takeaway

HEALTHIER OPTIONS ... Benny Pomodoro welcomes the Mayor and Mayoress to his shop.
HEALTHIER OPTIONS ... Benny Pomodoro welcomes the Mayor and Mayoress to his shop.

CUSTOMERS at a South Tyneside sandwich shop are being given food for thought in a bid to encourage healthy eating.

Benny’s Pomodoro in Stanhope Road, South Shields, was hailed by South Tyneside Council during research into the borough’s obesity levels.

A report by the People Select Committee’s Commission on Health Inequalities: Tackling Obesity in South Tyneside, highlighted the takeaway for its reputation in serving healthy food.

The store was visited by the Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Ernest Gibson and Mayoress Patricia Ridley who both gave the manager’s menu a ‘thumbs up’.

Coun Gibson said: “I think what Benny’s Pomodoro is doing should be applauded, as anything that helps towards the fight against obesity is worth supporting in my book.

“Obesity is an issue the council and its partners take very seriously. We are always looking for ways to encourage people to introduce exercise and nutritional eating into their daily routine. We want the people of South Tyneside to enjoy a healthy and happy life.”

The shop opened its doors in 2005 with a healthier menu being adopted five years ago.

The cuisine includes sandwiches, wraps, pasta, chicken salad and omelettes. Broccoli is used in some dishes, and a rare brown rice pizza base has also been added to the menu.

Owner Benny Pomodoro said: “I’m doing my bit to try and keep the people of South Shields, fit and healthy.

“This is an important issue that 
we should be addressing as a community and by connecting with one another.”

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