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Get ready for Nutrition & Hydration Week 2021

Nutrition & Hydration Week takes place this year 14 -20 June 2021. The theme of the campaign is: Making a difference every day.

Resources to support the campaign are available from the campaign organisers.

Tips for a successful week include:

  1. Choose a clear aim about what you want to achieve out of the week:
    Nutrition and Hydration Week is an opportunity for you to promote your food service; promote special dietary needs – dietetic support, weight management, speech and language services (dysphagia), continence teams, occupational therapists; promote nutritional screening  
  2. Define who your audience is:
    Customers? Residents? Your team? Other professionals? Tailor your plans and communication messages to meet your audiences’ needs.
  3. Decide what type of event or events you are holding:
    An afternoon tea? Exec team helping to serve meals? Poster competition?
  4. Set up a small team to help plan and deliver your week:
    What skills do you need? How many people? (Don’t be afraid to ask for favours!)
  5. What resources, equipment do you need?
    Audio visual equipment? Tables and chairs? Check with you IT and facilities team about any restrictions or health and safety concerns
  6. Publicity – let people know about your plans and events:
    Use the posters on the N&H Week website. Give people enough warning to book it into their diary. Use your internal newsletters and social media (such as Twitter) to help get the word out. Speak to your coms team to see if they can do a press release to your local newspapers
  7. Share your week – being part of a movement means sharing what you do
    If you are a Twitter user, tweet you’re your plans and photos from your event to @NHWeek and use the hashtag #NHWeek. Or alternatively you can email us and we can share them in our e-newsletter. 

The week promotes beneficial nutrition and hydration. In older people good hydration helps to reduce the risk of a range of illnesses, such as urinary tract infections. It is recommended that adults drink 6-8 glasses of water per day.   

Additional content by Content writer Dan Baker  

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