Our Health Improvement Team have developed a range of resources, leaflets and toolkits to support and enable staff and organisations to deliver consistent healthy eating messages and food related activities. These resources can be either downloaded, accessed from Health Improvement Resource Service (HIRS) or copies may be available directly from our department. Some of the resources below have been produced by external organisations.
HIRS have a web based resource system where you can view, download, order and book out resources online. Register online for resources. Once registered, booking and orders can be placed online via our Health Promotion Access Catalogue – HPAC – NHS Forth Valley.
Community Resource Leaflets
- Nutrition and Cooking Resources for the Community – This leaflet highlights some of the resources and websites which can support nutrition, cooking activities and oral health in the community setting.
- Nutrition and Oral Health Resources for the Early Years – This leaflet highlights some of the resources and websites which can support nutrition, cooking activities and oral health in the early years setting.
New Resource Goes Digital
The Practical Nutrition and Cooking Workbook is now available to view as a digital flipbook. This workbook was developed to support Scottish Prison Service (SPS) staff deliver nutrition and cooking sessions via their life skills programme. The workbook offers facilitators a 4 week session plan of nutrition activities, quizzes and easy to follow picture recipes that can help engage and interact with participants. Although this resource was developed for use within prison workshops the workbook with it’s activities can be easily transferrable and could be used by anyone delivering nutrition or training sessions.
Leaflets and Booklets
- Eatwell Guide – Information Booklet
- Vegetarian Eatwell Guide – The Vegetarian Society
- Vegan Eatwell Guide – The Vegan Society
- Interactive Online Eatwell Guide
- Eatwell Guide – Self Monitoring Flyer
- South Asian Eatwell Plate – Flyer
- Fuel For Living Recipe Booklet – Recipes and ideas to help you reach your 5 A-Day!
Eat Well, Feel Great – Leaflets
- Eat Well Feel Great – Healthy Eating
- Eat a variety of fruit as part of your 5 a day
- Eat a variety of vegetables as part of your 5 a day
- Eat breakfast everyday
- Eat fish at least twice a week
- Eat less salt and taste more
- Eat some starchy food at each meal
- Drink more water
- You Guide to Food Labels – Card Available from HIRS Resource Code: NUT 72/L
- Food Labelling – Nutrition Information – British Dietetic Association Food Fact Sheet.
- Food Labelling Information Sheet
Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
- Vitamin D – Are you getting enough? NHS Forth Valley Infographic Poster
- Vitamin D – Are you getting enough? NHS Forth Valley Postcard
- Vitamin D – British Dietetic Association Factsheet
Practical Food Activities and Recipes
Looking for inspiration for dinners to cook during lockdown? These cheap and easy recipes use only a few basic ingredients and in six simple, pictorial steps you can create tasty meals in minutes. The first three recipes were developed using only ingredients from the Scottish Government Shielding Box, the other recipes use a few basic ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen cupboards.
How to…Recipe sheets
Our ‘How to…’ recipes sheets are packed full of tasty, simple and cheap recipes that are easy and quick to prepare. You only need a few basic ingredients to make these healthy and tasty meals. The recipe sheets also have useful tips and a notes section which can be used to plan your shopping list.
- How to – Run a cooking workshop
- How to – Soups..
- How to – Lunches..
- How to – Mains..
- How to – Veggies..
- How to – Fish..
- How to – Puddings..
Some of the How to… recipes from above have been redeveloped in an easy to follow, step by step, picture recipe.
New How to…Picture Recipe Cards
Food Safety Guidelines
- Kitchen Safety Guidelines
- Food Hygiene and Safety Guidelines for Cooking Classes
- Guidelines for safe storage of leftover food
Make and Taste For Tiny Tums
This booklet has a range of quick and easy, no cook snack and recipe ideas for parents and carers to make with their children. Make and Taste can be used in a wide variety of settings and illustrates how food can be used as a fun activity encouraging children and families to experiment, learn and interact with foods and also promotes healthier food choices. For further information email : Lesley Hetherington
- Make and Taste for Tiny Tums – Recipe Book – NHS Forth Valley
Mini Steps to Better Nutrition
The Mini Steps resource can increase staff confidence in delivering basic food messages, step by step with individuals or groups at a pace that is right for them. For more information and details of training email: Fidelma Guest
- Mini Steps Facilitators Guide – Staff guide to support individuals and groups to eat a better diet.
- Keeping the Meal Real Resource Pack – To support practical food related sessions.
Shop, Cook, Eat
This resource is a first step to develop skills in shopping, budgeting, to encourage regular eating patterns and simple cooking skills. For more information email: Fidelma Guest
- Guidelines for staff using Shop, Cook, Eat
- Shop, Cook, Eat – Recipe Booklet
- Example of a basic shopping list
What’s for dinner? Reducing food waste and saving money
- Reduce food waste and save money on your shopping – Leaflet Available from HIRS Resource Code: NUT 99/K1 and NUT 99/K2
This leaflet is aimed at pregnant women with a BMI of 30 or over. The leaflet encourages pregnant women to start thinking about making healthier food and lifestyle choices. It reinforces key healthy eating messages and encourages women to self record and make small changes that can be built easily into everyday routine. Weight loss is not recommended during pregnancy, however it is important you don’t gain too much weight during pregnancy.
Toolkits, Displays and Games
Eatwell – Floor Mat and Food Models
Fat Chance: A Closer Look at Fast Food Display
- This display contains food models with corresponding test tubes that provide a graphic representation of the saturated and unsaturated fat content of common foods. Available from HIRS Resource Code: NUT 86/K1
Fat Finders Display
- This display features common foods that contain significant amounts of fat. Can be used as a stand alone display/educational activities. Available from HIRS Resource Code: NUT 87/K
- The Food in Later Life Game aims to help ensure older people continue to enjoy food by helping people who interact with older people understand the challenges they face.
- The Food, Mood and Health board game is a fun, hands-on board game created to help children and young people explore tricky issues around nutrition, food and health.
- The Foodtalk Game is an educational board game which provides an engaging learning experience helping staff improve their knowledge and confidence of nutrition and health for children aged 1-5.
- Foodeeze card game encourages children to think and talk about food at an early age. This provides the opportunity to develop healthy attitudes to food which could have a huge positive impact in the future. The game is simple and easy for children to understand.
Other Resources and Links
- British Dietetic Association – Food Fact Sheets
- British Nutrition Foundation
- Food Standards Scotland
- Choose To Lose…and keep weight off for good!
- Choose To Lose At Work
- Food Miles ‘Plus’ Resource Pack © Available from HIRS Resource code(s): NUT 93/K1, NUT 93/K2.
- For more information contact Forth Environment Link
- Love Food Hate Waste
- The Dairy Council
- Vegetarian Society – Information Booklet