"A Healthy Diet Can Ease Joint Pain and Reduce Fatigue", Dorset Nutritionist on Special Awareness Week
9:04am 17th March 2014
A Dorset nutritionist has backed this week's special drive to get more people eating and drinking more healthily.
Naomi Evans says getting your 5 a day and drinking plenty of water can help you concentrate, battle fatigue and joint pain.
Today marks the beginning of National Nutrition Week and the NHS says 23% of people under the age of 65 are malnourished. It's an event celebrated in a number of other countries too.
Not eating and drinking properly is a major cause of ill-health in the UK and Dorset, particularly among the elderly. The NHS describes Malnutrition as "a serious condition that occurs when a person's diet does not contain the right amount of nutrients."
Dorset nutritionist Naomi says eating well is absolutely vital;
"Eating 5 a day, so you're getting your fruit and veg that's going to give you your minerals and vitamins. Your balance between protein and carbohydrate is important because they're both used in very different ways. Drinking water is very important too, a little tip I have is I keep a water bottle and I fill it up and try and drink one a day as well as other liquids."
Cllr Jill Haynes, Cabinet member for adult and community services, said: "Eating well is fundamental to a healthy life and also means less chances of developing chronic disease like diabetes.
"The initiative highlights the importance of good nutritional care, particularly as we get older.
"Dorset has been at the forefront of national developments in nutrition and hydration for some time, and we are pleased that so many council run services have signed up to take part. The aim of the week is to illustrate how, by making positive changes to eating and drinking habits, people can improve their quality of life."
The highlight of the week will be the Worldwide Afternoon Tea which takes place on Wednesday (19th March).
Sue Hawkins, care catering service manager at Dorset County Council, said: "This is a great opportunity to celebrate the importance of enjoying food and having some fun. Losing weight is not always great, especially as we age, so why not join us for tea at one of the libraries, or host your own tea party on the day. To have a tea party you only need two people, some scones, cream and jam and a drink."