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October 23, 2015
Last updated: October 23, 2015
National Nutrition and Hydration Week, taking place from 17-23 March, is about raising awareness of the importance of good nutrition and hydration across the healthcare environment. Across the NHS and here at Heart of England, we are keen to support the week which promotes the following:
To show our support for Nutrition and Hydration Week, a number of awareness initiatives are running across the Trust throughout the week. .
A new hospital menu with 40 new dishes for patients to choose has been launched with a series of ‘Come Dine With Me’ style food tasting events. These events give visitors and staff the opportunity to sample dishes from the new patient menu whilst encouraging the ‘eat and drink well’ mantra.
Worldwide Afternoon Tea Day is taking place during the Nutrition and Hydration Week. The event highlights how this simple meal occasion is an ideal way to help improve nutrition and hydration. This is part of a wider initiative to launch a wider range of snacks for patients to have between meals and also serves a social purpose enabling those in a social and healthcare setting to interact with staff, visitors, service users and patients.
Therapy, nursing and catering staff at Heartlands Hospital have also set up a promotional awareness campaign called ‘Eat, Drink, Move’.
Ben Johnson, nutrition support nurse at Heartlands Hospital, explains: “‘Eat Drink Move’ is a fresh approach to promoting good nutrition and hydration for our patients, while also adding a focus on increased mobility which is all fundamental to increasing recovery and promoting harm free care.
“Eating well, staying well hydrated and active while in hospital has a big impact on a patient’s health, outcome and well-being.”
For further information on Nutrition and Hydration Week, visit www.nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk
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