Nutrition and Hydration week offers a menu of information and treats!

Last week was Nutrition and Hydration week, an event that aims to highlight, promote and celebrate improvement in the provision of nutrition and hydration locally, nationally and globally.
       Cornwall Food donated a cake which was presented to Maternity- the winners                              of the break time Nutrition and Hydration quiz

Cornwall Food donated a cake which was presented to Maternity- the winners
of the break time Nutrition and Hydration quiz

Each day featured different events, starting with a study day ‘Eat Yourself Well,’ where Dietitians working in RCHT and CFT made sense of some topical nutrition subjects, using their skills in interpreting nutrition science and the latest research, to translate it into practical information.

On Wednesday, RCH participated in the ‘World Afternoon Tea event’ and served all our patients a cream tea! Other events included a Break Time quiz and the opportunity to sample food provided to patients by Cornwall Food.

Cornwall Food handed out samples of patient food

Cornwall Food handed out samples of patient food

The effects of malnutrition and poor hydration are widely seen in healthcare, over a quarter of patients admitted to hospital will be at risk of malnutrition and 70% will leave lighter than when they came in. In 2011-2012 it was estimated the effects of malnutrition across all ages cost 19.6 billion pounds.

Nutrition and hydration week offers an opportunity for staff in all areas to help recognise those at risk and act. Recognising and treating malnutrition can reduce complications, length of stay, readmission and mortality.

Added on March 21, 2018, in News - General News