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It’s Nutrition and Hydration Week this week and staff at South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) have been rising to the global challenge.

The national nutrition and hydration campaign aims to promote good nutritional care and share good nutrition and hydration practices.

The team at SSSFT, including dietitians, occupational therapists, nursing staff and catering colleagues will be running a number of events through the week in support of healthy eating and awareness raising. These include smoothie sessions, multi-cultural food tastings, fruit themed art and making overnight oat jars.

Service users on the Trust’s inpatient units are also taking part in a cake decoration design competition with the theme of NHS70 (recognising it’s the NHS’ 70th birthday on 5 July 2018). The winning design will be made into a real cake and presented to the winner’s ward for all to share.

Trust dietitian Nicola Howle has recently been awarded a place on the British Dietetic Association Role of Honour for 2018, she says; “”Healthy food and drink means different things to different people, for example for one person this may mean increasing their intake of nourishing foods and drinks whereas for another it may mean reducing snacks high in fat and sugar, with both aiming to move towards a healthy weight. The provision of healthy, nourishing food and drink is an essential part of physical and mental wellbeing. Nutrition and Hydration Week is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of food and drink in healthcare, to share good practice and innovative ideas as to who we can ensure that we meet the nutritional needs of our varied group of service users, whilst promoting an enjoyment of food and drink”.

Further information about Nutrition and Hydration Week can be found at follow events on twitter @nhweek @nichowleRD @sssftnhs