This week is Nutrition & Hydration Week
16 March 2020
What is Nutrition & Hydration Week?
Nutrition and Hydration Week will be from the 16th-22nd March 2020 and it aims to raise awareness and educate people on the value of food and drink in maintaining health and well-being. Now in its 8th year, it was originally aimed at the health and social care sector, but now people from all different organisations are joining in the fun.
The mission (should you choose to accept it; which we hope you do!) of Nutrition and Hydration week is: ‘To create a global movement that will focus energy, activity and engagement on nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element of maintaining health and well-being for our global community.’
With tighter budget constraints making the public health environment increasingly more challenging than ever before, Nutrition and Hydration Week is one of the most cost-effective health interventions possible. So without further ado, here is everything you need to know about Nutrition and Hydration Week 2020 and how you can get involved!
Why is good Nutrition & Hydration important?
Malnutrition and dehydration is quite a big concern in health and social care services and is more common than you might expect. Around 1 in 3 patients who are admitted to hospital or care homes are either malnourished or at risk of becoming so. These are rather worrying statistics, but what is even more concerning is the result of these statistics.
Poor nutrition and dehydration can harm patients’ health and wellbeing, as well as reduce their ability to recover from illness, which leads to increased admissions or longer stays in hospitals and care homes, increasing the struggles and pressures they’re already facing.
Good nutrition and hydration aren’t just essential for patients and service users of healthcare services, we can all benefit from fuelling our bodies with nutritious food and ensuring we are suitably hydrated throughout the day. Life is busy, even more so if you work in the healthcare sector, and it can often be difficult to find time to prepare healthy meals, drink plenty of water or even just have a minute for ourselves to eat in peace!
Be honest, how many of us have lunch ‘al desko’, with a sandwich in one hand and paperwork in the other or throwing a ready-meal in the microwave when we return from work because we are too tired to make a meal from scratch? Use this week to not only assess and improve the quality of nutrition and hydration that is provided to both healthcare patients and service-users and also yourself, to help reduce avoidable stays in hospital and improve health and wellbeing.