Week commencing 13 January 2020
Healthy Eating Week
As part of our month long New Year, New You campaign – this week is Healthy Eating Week.
If you are interested in improving your diet or are looking to makes some changes to your eating habits then this week we will be providing tips to enable you to do this. This is a great opportunity to encourage staff and students to focus on healthy eating and drinking as part of improving their health and wellbeing. After Christmas and New Year, where many of us will have over eaten to some extent and many of us could do with losing at least a bit of weight. Excess weight isn't just about the way we look. It can lead to more aches and pains, problems sleeping and people report a loss of energy and confidence. It also increases our chances of getting heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
It’s therefore so important that we look after ourselves nutritionally and there are many ways in which we can make changes to our everyday eating habits. To help do this, why not set you and your families a weekly challenge? For example making sure everyone has a good breakfast everyday this week, or making sure everyone eats their 5 a day, or setting yourself a water challenge where you replace tea/coffee/soft drinks with water.
The British Nutrition Foundation has an excellent Try, Swap, Change Planner which has been designed to encourage you to TRY something new, SWAP your old habits for better ones and CHANGE your lifestyle. There’s a range of challenges to choose from. Personalise your plan by choosing those you’d most like to try. Go for one TRY, one SWAP and one CHANGE challenge each week, and tick off the ones you achieve each day.
Refectory Healthy Menu offer
Our refectories will be running a healthy food menu with a range of some fantastic new recipes for everyone to try. In addition, the refectories will be providing recipe and nutritional information cards for each of these meals so that you see exactly what you are eating and maybe try these for yourself at home. A copy of the menu can be found…
In each of the refectories there will also be a display of information for all staff and students to access which will provide some tips for making food swaps, calorie content of commonly used foods and how much sugar is in commonly used foods.
If anyone has left over sweets and chocolates from Christmas and would like to donate these to our boxes which can be found in each of the main reception areas then any collected will be delivered to the local food banks.
To help encourage more healthy eating we are looking for examples of tried and tested healthy eating recipes which you must be willing to allow us to share on our Moodle pages. Send your recipes to email@example.com The owner of the recipe that will be randomly selected will receive a healthy eating box.
There are some fabulous resources that staff and students can access to help them on their journey and it’s really important to recognize that we are all different in the foods that we enjoy and in our lifestyles. Not every diet will suit all. You may just be looking to make some small changes such as Healthy snacking; or maybe you want to find out more about Plant based diets; Healthy eating on a budget or Healthy eating for Vegans and Vegetarians; or if you don’t understand the food labelling system then you may be looking for information on Looking at Food Labels. If you are wanting to look for more information on food swaps then the NHS Change 4 Life webpages have a fantastic bank of resources and information that you can access.