Everyone has an opinion on what we should or shouldn’t eat. Yes, we’ve all heard of the Mediterranean diet, the 5:2 and the Atkins but what do the professionals really think?
This week is national Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014 – a chance for health and social care teams to raise awareness and improve people’s understanding of good nutrition and hydration – an initiative that is attracting worldwide support and praise.
It’s an opportunity to show that how making small changes to eating and drinking habits can improve someone’s quality of life and prevent malnutrition and dehydration. Statistics suggest that around 3 million people are at risk of malnutrition in the UK and of these, more than 1 million are over the age of 65. These figures may come as a surprise to many but show that no matter what our age, it can affect each and every one of us.
Did you know that nutritional standards for adults recommend that we all have three meals and two snacks a day and at least 6 – 8 drinks a day?
You can find out more about this and other ways to stay healthy throughout the week. Many services across the city are organising activities and advice sessions to promote the benefits of good nutrition and hydration for older people. Here are a couple of great ideas to give you a glimpse of what’s going on;
- Leeds City Council is running an information session for health and social care professionals on Tuesday 18th March, Technorth (9 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton Road, Leeds, LS7 3NB from 12.30pm). You can find out what services are available across the city, not just for older people but also as part of Leeds Let’s Change and the Ministry of Food.
- Leeds Teaching Hospitals are organising afternoon tea on older people’s wards to raise awareness of good nutritional care for patients at risks of malnutrition.
- St Matthews Community Centre is also celebrating with a ‘World Drinks Party’ on Tuesday 18th March. To find out more, contact Holbeck Elderly Aid (email@example.com).
For more information and ideas, see the Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014 website.
This week, we will also be speaking to Derek Johnson, Principal Catering Manager at Leeds Community Meals who will tell us what he and the team are doing to highlight the importance of eating and drinking well.