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!
- Choose To Lose @ Work
- 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
Nutrition in the News
There’s an estimated 43,000 cases of foodborne illness in Scotland every year. That’s 5,800 visits to the GP and around 500 people needing hospital treatment. According to Food Standards Scotland there are 20 common ‘kitchen crimes’ which could lead to food poisoning. In Scotland, on average, we’re guilty of 9 out of 20! But we can all do some small things in the kitchen to crack down and make sure the food we cook at home is safe. Are you a raw griller, dodgy chiller, fridge stuffer or ham sniffer….?
Find out how to make some small changes in the kitchen and reduce the risk of food poisoning. Read more …
Choose To Lose…and keep weight off for good!
As the festivities come to an end and we kick off the New Year, this is a great time to think about improving our health and well being. Research shows that by making small, realistic goals we are much more likely to succeed in making sustainable changes. Have you set any New Years resolutions or thought about any changes you could make to eat better and exercise more?
- If you would like to start thinking about losing some weight, why not visit Choose To Lose it is packed full of useful information and downloadable self monitoring resources to help get you started. If you are overweight, losing 5% to 10% of your weight has been shown to result in many health benefits.
- Are you kick starting this year off with a Dry January – find out more about the benefits of giving up the booze at BBC News – Health.
- 10 tips to make your New Year’s resolution a success – NHS Choices.
Choose To Lose @ Work
ChooseToLose@Work is an online resource to support people to set up simple weigh in sessions for staff and colleagues in their workplace. It offers a 10 week online programme to help people develop healthier eating habits and get more active. The webpage has links to downloadable resources, self monitoring worksheets, mobile apps, online quizzes and useful links.
ChooseToLose@Work encourages individuals to take personal responsibility for managing their own weight. It promotes self monitoring strategies such as regular weight checks, diary keeping and setting small, realistic and achievable goals. The online session plans can support co-ordinators who want to deliver simple weigh-and-go sessions as well as those who want to deliver more detailed information each week.
New vitamin D recommendations have been developed by the Scottish Government for parents and healthcare professionals.
It is recommended that EVERYONE (all adults and children) age 5 years and above in the UK should take a 10 microgram vitamin D supplement daily, particularly during the winter months (October – March).
However there are groups who should take a vitamin D supplement all year round.
These groups include:
- pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
- children under 5 years of age.
- People from minority ethnic groups with dark skin as those of African, African – Carribean and South Asian origin.
- People who are not exposed to much sunlight , such as frail or housebound individuals or those that cover their skin for cultural reasons.
Read more about Vitamin D – Scottish Government.
**New Vitamin D recommendation information for new parents
Breastfed babies from birth up to one year of age should be given a supplement of 8.5 to 10 micrograms vitamin D per day.
Babies who are formula fed do not require vitamin D if they are having 500ml/day of infant formula or more, as infant formula already has added vitamin D.
- New Vitamin D recommendation information for parents – This leaflet explains the benefits of getting enough Vitamin D for infants from birth to six months and provides advice and support for parents.
- Vitamin D recommendations for Health Professionals
- Healthy Start vitamins are recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women and infants.
- Healthy Start Leaflet – Leaflet highlights where to get Healthy Start vitamin supplements locally. Alternatively ask your midwife or health visitor.
NHS Forth Valley’s Infant Feeding Co-ordinators launched a new Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme across Forth Valley which coincided with Scottish Breastfeeding Awareness Week.
A logo was developed and used to create window stickers and posters for staff to display in their healthcare facilities. Staff are being encouraged to be approachable and welcoming to mums wishing to breastfeed and also offering mums a suitable place to feed their baby, if they require this.
Several events were organised across the area to mark the start of this initiative and it is hoped that the scheme can be rolled out to other facilities across the area.
In addition to the clinical support provided by midwives and health visitors, mothers who choose to breastfeed are encouraged to attend Local Breastfeeding Groups run by health visitors. Local women will also be given copies of NHS Health Scotland’s resource ‘Off to a Good Start’ and encouraged to access the www.feedgood.scot website for further information.
For further information on this scheme or to order resources email Lesley Hetherington Community Dietitian / Infant Feeding Co-ordinator.
Every pregnant women living in Scotland are now entitled to FREE healthy start vitamin tablets throughout the duration of their pregnancy.
The Healthy Start vitamins contain:
- Folic acid, which reduces the chances of babies having spina bifida
- Vitamin D, which helps mothers’ bodies absorb calcium, allowing babies’ bones to develop properly
- Vitamin C, which helps maintain healthy tissue in the body
- Ask your midwife for more information.
- Free vitamins for all pregnant women, BBC News, 31st March 2017.
- Visit Healthy Start for more information on the Healthy Start Scheme.
- Pregnancy Factsheet, British Dietetic Association, Food Factsheet.
Community Nutrition in the Spotlight
Find out more about our nutrition agenda, who we work with and our main work strands: