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Stir it up magazine March 2017

>> “Workplace wellbeing” is being targeted as a key area of this year’s Nutrition and Hydration Week (March 13-19). The organisers of the awareness week are expanding their reach in a bid to improve employee awareness of their own hydration and nutritional requirements. Derek Johnson, partner, Nutrition and Hydration Associates, explains: “Last year we received numerous enquiries from businesses and organisations seeking further information in the week to increase employee awareness, particularly about fluid intake, in the workplace. “The benefits to the employer are huge, including healthier and more alert staff, and research has associated better hydrated staff with increased productivity and less work-related accidents. “The awareness of good hydration as a vital part of a care package is rising. However, it is a vital area for staff wellbeing regardless of their area of work, all staff should have access to sufficient and appropriate drinks during their shift, yes for their well being, but also it can improve their productivity and safe working so its a two way benefit for the employer. “I would encourage all employers to raise awareness of the benefits of fluid intake for staff, and to ensure their staff can access drinks during the shift.” In addition, the week will continue to focus on the original aims of: 21 • Promoting the 10 Key Characteristics for Good Nutritional Care • Promoting Mealtimes Matter and protected mealtimes • Encouraging the introduction of nutrition advocates / champions to each health and social care setting • Sharing good nutrition and hydration practice >> Pritchitts has released a new recipe booklet for care home caterers containing 12 delicious dishes using Millac Gold Double with added vitamin D. Working in conjunction with respected registered dietician, Dr Mabel Blades, and development chef Wayne Child, the recipes have been carefully developed to ensure residents get the nutrients they need and include: Stuffed Roasted Pimento; Pulled Ham Hock with Cider, Mustard & Black Onion Seed Sauce; Butter Chicken Layer; Bread & Butter Pudding with Basil, Orange & Coconut and the super-quick ‘One Minute Pineapple Ice Cream’. For more details visit www.pritchitts.com/care-home-fortification- sample-offer. Hit the high note - Red Nose Day singing challenge for care homes >> The National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) has teamed up with Unilever Food Solutions to urge care homes to organise a charity singsong. The ‘Sing-a-Song Challenge in Care Settings’ will take place at 3pm on Red Nose Day (March 24) – and the plan is that every care setting in the UK will sing the same song together! Sylvie Silver, of NAPA, explains: ”Just imagine the impact if thousands of care settings join in. To make it even more fun, as laughter matters, we would also like you to invite the community along to sing with you. We want to hear that you’ve joined up with toddlers, teenagers, local businesses and anyone else you can think of to add to the fun. “And once you have sung the song, which won’t take long, extend the fun with a tea party and joke telling session. If you can raise a few pennies for Red Nose Day at the same time all the better.” Working with Unilever Food Solutions and Comic Relief, NAPA has created a fundraising pack to help care homes to prepare for the day. For more information, visit www.napa-activities.com. Give menus a sunshine boost MARCH 2017 HEALTH & WELFARE Workplace wellbeing targeted by awareness week • The introduction of minimum standards for good nutrition in all settings • Promoting continued education and professional development especially in the health and social care sector for catering staff. For more information visit nutritionandhydrationweek.co.uk/news/


Stir it up magazine March 2017
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