The Nutrition team work with colleagues and partners from across the voluntary, local authority and NHS sectors and liaise closely with Oral Health and Health Promotion teams. Our work is driven by local and national policy documents. We engage with local communities to empower and support healthier food choices, using a person centred approach and aim to improve knowledge, skills and access to resources and training around food and nutrition.
- Choose to Lose…and keep weight off for good!
- Focus on your Family
- Community Food Development
- Maternal, Infant and Early Years Nutrition
- Food and Health Inequalities
- Food in Schools
- Workplace Nutrition
- Multi-Cultural Nutrition
- Nutrition Resources
Find out more about the work our team has been involved in over the past year:
Nutrition in the News
Reduce food waste with the Freezer Fairy this Christmas
In the run-up to Christmas follow the Food Standards Agency Freezer Fairy’s tips on how to prepare your festive food in advance and reduce food waste from leftovers by making the most of your freezer. There are useful tips that will help you plan your meals and work out what and when to cook, freeze and defrost to help you have a less stressful and wasteful Christmas. Click here for the Freezer Fairy’s Tips.
Vitamin D Awareness Week
As the clocks go back and the days get shorter and duller, we all get less and less of the ‘sunshine vitamin’- Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for strong, healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Your body makes vitamin D when you expose your skin to the sun. It’s difficult to get enough vitamin D from food alone, but you can help your body get more by eating vitamin D rich foods – such as oily fish, red meat, eggs and fortified foods such as some breakfast cereals and margarines.
New guidelines from the Scottish Government suggests that ‘everyone, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D.’
Some population groups (with very little or no sunshine exposure) will not obtain enough vitamin D from sunlight and are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency. People from these groups should take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms vitamin D throughout the year.
Are you getting enough vitamin D?
Find out more:
Vitamin D – Are you getting enough? NHS Forth Valley Infographic Poster
Vitamin D – Are you getting enough? NHS Forth Valley Postcard
Vitamin D and You – Health Scotland
Vitamin D – British Dietetic Association Factsheet
Vitamin D – NHS Choices
Healthy Start Scheme
Free vitamin supplements are available to women and children from families who qualify for the Healthy Start Scheme.
- Find out if you qualify for Healthy Start
- Find out where to get Healthy Start Vitamins in Forth Valley.
New Eatwell Guide Resource
Use this Eatwell Guide – Self Monitoring Flyer to help you make healthier choices and track any changes you want to make.
New Family Webpage
Public Health Dietitians are running a campaign in August to mark the launch of a new webpage
Focus on your Family which is hosted on our NHS Forth Valley ‘Choose to Lose’ website.
‘Focus on your Family’ provides practical advice and information to help families work together to develop a healthier and more active lifestyle. The webpage has links to useful resources, mobile apps, family recipe ideas, online nutrition games and a downloadable family workbook which includes meal planners, reward charts, a change checker chart and a fun fitness file.
Community Nutrition in the Spotlight
Find out more about our nutrition agenda, who we work with and our main work strands: