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Local CCG supports Nutrition and Hydration Week

Nutrition and Hydration Week

During Nutrition and Hydration Week (14-20 March), NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is highlighting how poor nutrition and hydration can lead to a deterioration in health and increased hospital admissions. 

Nutrition and Hydration Week is supported by the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), National Association of Care Catering (NACC) and Patient Safety First, asking people to pledge their support to raising awareness of the importance of nutrition and hydration as an essential element of care.

Medical evidence also shows that good nutrition and hydration can assist in preventing conditions such as pressure ulcers, heart disease, diabetes, and low blood pressure. It is also recognised that it helps to keep you alert and feel generally healthier.

You can find out more about the week and pledge your support at http://nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk  

Jo Galloway, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS Wyre Forest CCG said: “It’s really important people maintain a good diet and stay hydrated, especially those who are being cared for in a hospital or care home.

“The consequences of poor nutrition and hydration are well documented and include increased risk of infection, delayed wound healing and decreased muscle strength.

“There are plenty of things people can do to maintain a good level of nutrition and hydration, for example, drinking water regularly throughout the day, eating more fresh fruit and vegetables and cutting down on the amount of sugar and salt they eat.”

If you’re looking at ways of improving your diet, here are a few things that could help:

  • Base your meals on starchy food – starchy food should make up around one third of the food you eat. These include potatoes, cereals, pasta, rice and bread
  • Eat plenty of fruit and veg – It’s recommended that we eat at least five portions of different types of fruit and veg a day
  • Eat more fish – fish is a good source of protein and contains many vitamins and minerals
  • Cut down on saturated fat and sugar – we all need fat in our diet, but it’s important to pay attention to the amount of fat that we’re eating
  • Eat less salt – eating too much salt can raise blood pressure, which can lead to people developing heart disease or having a stroke
  • Stay active – staying active is an important part of maintaining overall good health
  • Be aware of dehydration – we need to drink about 1.6 - 2 litres of fluid every day. 

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