Nutrition and Hydration Week is aimed at bringing people together to educate them on the value of maintain health through food and drink.

The week is an annual event with an objective to highlight, promote and celebrate improvements in the provision of nutrition and hydration. It has taken place every March since 2012.

With three million people at risk of malnutrition in the UK, awareness and prevention will help to stop the suffering later on. Prevention also helps to reduce pressure on health services.

Improving nutrition has benefits such as increased energy, longer life expectancy and improved physical capabilities.

One in 10 older people are suffering from or risk of suffering from malnutrition, equating to around one million older people in UK.



Malnutrition is often a condition that goes unnoticed, but one way it can be spotted is through the PaperWeight Armband.

In 2013 Salford was picked as one of six pilot sites to be part of a Malnutrition Prevention Program.

The Armband was then developed by the committee Salford Together as a non-intrusive, non-medical solution for doctors, nurse and careers.

It was then piloted by Age UK Salford with support workers using the band on their home visits and eventually launched at Food Matters Live in 2015.

The Paper Weight Armband works by measuring the upper arm with a strip of paper.

If the paper can slide up and down easily, there is a risk of malnutrition.

The Paper Weight Armband is free for healthcare and charities in Salford.

Salford Together Integrated Care Program covers the price of them.

Salford Royal Hospital are supporting the week by hosting activities throughout the week.

Information stands will be situated outside the Marks & Spencer at Salford Royal with dietitians to speak to, on 12, 13 and 14 March.

There will be leaflets, giveaways and quizzes available for people to find out about the importance of hydration and how nourishing fluids can be useful.

On Thursday 14 they will be making mocktails full of nutritious fruit that people will be able to go along and try.


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