HCA launches nutrition and hydration awareness initiative

Phil Shelley: HCA launches nutrition and hydration awareness initiative
Phil Shelley: HCA launches nutrition and hydration awareness initiative
08/03/2017 - 08:23
The Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) is raising awareness of nutrition and hydration every day of the year ahead of Nutrition and Hydration Week, taking place from March 13th to 19th.

The 365 day initiative, developed by the HCA, will emphasise the importance of nutirition as a part of quality care for patients and residents in a health or social care setting in the run up to the week.

Phil Shelley, chair of the HCA, said: “Unfortunately, despite a greater awareness of nutrition and hydration, malnutrition continues to affect millions of people in the UK each year. As caterers, we understand the importance good nutrition and hydration can play in supporting a patient’s recover and the benefits of a healthy, balanced and nutritious meal.

“Nutrition and Hydration Week is a great way of getting the message out there but it’s important for us to keep it at the forefront of our minds all year long to provide the best possible care to patients.”

Nutrition and Hydration Week, developed by the HCA, National Association of Care Catering (NACC) and Patient Safety First highlights the importance of nutrition and emphasise the risks of malnutrition and encourage good nutritional practice.

The week will include different themes such as a mid week afternoon tea.

In 2016, over 95% of NHS trusts took part in the week’s activities along with more than 2,000 care home settings in the UK. The initiative took place in around 57 countries.

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