Afternoon tea is key for Nutrition and Hydration Week

A worldwide afternoon tea event is set to be the highlight of Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014 (17-23 March), which will see nationwide action in social and health care settings to raise awareness and improve understanding.

The Worldwide Afternoon Tea on Wednesday 19 March will encourage providers to serve afternoon tea to service users and visitors, no matter where they care for them, demonstrating a commitment to improving nutrition and hydration.  

Patient Safety First (PSF), Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and National Association of Care Catering (NACC) are all involved in the initiative in the UK. Supporters in other countries have been invited to join the party, making it a truly global event.  

Afternoon Tea has been chosen as a key focal point to demonstrate how this simple occasion is ideal for promoting and improving nutrition and hydration.  As well as offering a number of nutritional benefits, it can also be easily adapted to a wide variety of social and health care settings.

It supports the ‘three meals and two snacks a day’ message, helping boost calorific intake if required, and can be adapted for all groups, including those with specific dietary needs, texture modification and eating problems.

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