Healthy eating advice and resources

Health eating advice and resources in Welwyn Hatfield.

A food stall with healthy foods

The NHS Change4Life is here to help your family be healthier and happier by eating well and moving more

Change4Life aims to ensure parents have the essential support and tools they need to make healthier choices for their families.

We know that modern life can mean we are a lot busier, less active, and more reliant on convenience and fast food than we used to be.

But that's where Change4Life comes in, helping families with fun ideas to help kids stay healthy, whether with easy recipes for busy weeknights, great sugar swaps, Disney-inspired games to get kids moving or help in understanding food labels. Click on this link to find out more

The British Nutrition Foundation BNF

The British Nutrition Foundation is a registered charity. They provide impartial, evidence-based information, resources and training on food and nutrition. BNF's vision is 'Everyone can access healthy, sustainable diets '! They are a Certified Member of the Information Standard, a quality mark supported by NHS England which identifies their website as a reliable and trustworthy source of information. Click on the link to find out more

Food - a fact of life

Food - a fact of life (FFL) is a comprehensive, progressive education programme which communicates up-to-date, evidence-based, consistent and accurate messages around 'food' to all those involved in education. FFL is managed by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), in partnership with the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). Click on this link to find out more

Action on Salt

Although most of the salt we eat is hidden in the processed foods we buy, there is still a number of things you can do to help reduce your salt intake when cooking or eating at home.The current target is to reduce salt intake to an average of 6g a day for adults and even less for children, from the current average of 8.1g a day.   This reduction will have a large impact on reducing strokes by approximately 22% and heart attacks by 16% saving 17,000 lives in the UK as well as other health benefits for the population.

Action on Salt is successfully working to reach a consensus with the food industry and Government over the harmful effects of a high salt diet, and bring about a reduction in the amount of salt in processed foods as well as salt added to cooking, and the table. To date we have been successful with many supermarkets and food manufacturers choosing to adopt a policy of gradually reducing the salt content of their products, and a Government-financed a campaign to raise awareness of the effects of salt on health. Click on the link to find out more

Malnutrition is a common health problem

Malnutrition is a common health problem and it is estimated there are about 3 million people who are malnourished in the UK at any time.

BAPEN estimates that around 30-40% of people admitted to hospitals or care homes in the UK are found to be malnourished/undernourished or at risk of malnourishment/undernutition.

Malnutrition is caused by either an inadequate diet, poor appetite or a problem absorbing nutrients from food. There are many reasons why this might happen, including a recent stay in hospital, a long term health condition, lack of mobility, low income, bereavement or social isolation.

The most common sign that you might be at risk of malnutrition is unintentional loss of weight in the last 3-6 months, although other signs can include:

  • Weak muscles
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Low mood
  • An increase in illnesses or infections

Try the malnutrition calculator to see if you or someone you care for needs support with health eating

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The Nutrition Wheel

The Nutrition Wheel is a wipeable tool designed for use by volunteers, carers and care workers working with older people. Its aim is to identify people at risk of malnutrition through having a conversation. For people at risk, it also guides the volunteer/care worker to provide simple advice and signposting to help support the older person to improve their nutrition.

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