Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Your Gazette

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Your Gazette

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YOUR FITNESS with Marcia Downer, dietitian at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust As a dietitian my colleagues and I have a responsibility to inform the general public about nutrition, as well as offer advice on the dietary treatment of disease and on how to eat well.

Raising awareness is a big part of this. That is why events such as nutrition and hydration week next month are so important.

The week, between March 17-23, will be a great opportunity for us to showcase the work staff across the trust do to ensure patients eat and drink well and to help improve their health and wellbeing.

Research shows that people who are eating well recover from illness quicker.

A wide range of staff help in this process - from the catering staff who prepare the food, to the ward staff who serve patients.

We also have an experienced team of dietitians to offer patients expert advice, as well as a team of health trainers.

Across the NHS we work to 10 key characteristics of good nutritional care. These include creating an environment where patients can enjoy their meals without interruption - known as protected mealtimes. Another is identifying any patients who are malnourished or at risk of it and acting on this.

We are planning a series of activities to highlight good nutritional practice across the trust, to be held over the course of the week. One thing we will be doing is having staff from all the trust, who normally are not involved in serving food or drink to patients, help with the meal services throughout the day. A whole range of staff will be involved - including office-based staff, such as the chief executive and directors.

One way everyone can get involved is to take part in an afternoon tea event on Wednesday, March 19. We are encouraging everyone to take part in supporting this event by doing something special for afternoon tea on this day as a way of indicating a commitment to improving nutritional care.

YOUR CHARITY SHOP with Michael Freeman Charity shop name: Teesside Hospice Online Shop Address: 1a West Terrace, Redcar, TS10 3BU. 01642 494847.

Manager's name: Michael Freeman Tell us why your shop is successful: The Online Shop is successful due to the support we receive from the other 13 Teesside Hospice shops throughout the area. They are able to identify donated items such as antiques and collectables which achieve a higher selling price online rather than in the shops themselves.

Once we receive the selected items they are listed on the hospice's online stores such as eBay and Amazon and this opens the market to customers worldwide, ensuring we achieve the highest price possible to support the hospice. How many volunteers do you have? There are currently 12 volunteers who support the Online Shop with varying roles such as taking pictures of the items we are selling to packaging them up ready to be sent to the customer. …

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