Forth Valley Community Dietitians support a number of campaigns throughout the year.
View NHS Events for dates of health events and campaigns.
The Eat Better Feel Better website by Healthier Scotland has been set up to inspire and support parents and families to make healthier changes to how they shop, cook and eat.
Visit www.eatbetterfeelbetter.co.uk for a first look at the tools, recipes and support on offer.
Look Out For Hidden Salt!
Public Health Dietitians from NHS Forth Valley are are encouraging people to look out for hidden salt in the foods we buy. Many people now know that eating too much salt is bad for their health and are actively looking to cut down.
As much as 75% of the salt we eat is hidden in the food we buy. Many foods still have lots of hidden salt in them – even foods that don’t necessarily taste salty. We all have a responsibility to read the labels and choose foods with less salt. Adults should aim to eat less than 6g of salt a day – that’s around one teaspoon. Children should eat even less!
- For more information on this year’s campaign and to order resources visit CASH: Salt Awareness Week 2016
- For tips on how to limit salt in your diet visit NHS Choices – Salt The Facts
- Why not try the Foodswitch App, it’s available free from iTunes and Google Play and can help you make healthier food choices..
Folic Acid – Are you Getting Enough?
NHS Forth Valley Community Dietitians have launched a campaign to highlight the importance of folic acid intake amongst women in Forth Valley. The campaign supports World Spina Bifida Day (25th October 2014) as folic acid is a recognised step taken by mothers to reduce the risk of their baby developing the condition. The ‘Folic Acid-Are You Getting Enough?’ campaign aims to encourage women of child-bearing age, who could become pregnant to take a daily supplement – a 400mcg tablet – of folic acid, particularly those planning a pregnancy or those who are already pregnant.
Briefing packs with posters, information cards and fact sheets are being circulated to all pharmacies, GP surgeries, local colleges, family centres an nightclubs in the Forth Valley area to help promote the campaign and drive the message home.
- Find out more about Spina Bifida – Scottish Spina Bifida Association