Nutrition and Hydration Week 2019

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Nutrition and hydration week

During Nutrition and Hydration Week (11-17 March 2019), West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is highlighting how poor nutrition and hydration can lead to a deterioration in health and increased hospital admissions.

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 feeling generally healthier.

It’s important that people maintain a good diet and stay hydrated, especially if you are being cared for in a hospital or care home. Poor nutrition can lead to increased risk of infection, delayed wound healing and decreased muscle strength.

The good news is that there are plenty of things people can do to maintain a good level of nutrition and hydration, for example by 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.

You can find out more about the week on the Nutrition and Hydration Week website. Getting involved in activities this week is easy, with lots of ideas and practical tips and advice on how to make your week a huge success to be found in the Nutrition and Hydration Week handbook. You can also subscribe to the e-newsletter so you can stay up to date with the latest news about Nutrition and Hydration Week, and follow the campaign on Twitter and Facebook