As we drawer closer to Nutrition and Hydration Week 2016 I have been reflecting on some of the amazing things that have happened over the last couple of years. I thought I would share a couple with you.
From a background of a single week focused on nutrition and hydration patient safety issues the week has been a truly global event with countries from around the world getting involved. A recent review of our website stats showed that we had visits from 119 different countries – we may not know if or how all of these countries actually get involved in the week but we certainly know that many people are looking at many of our resources.
Now I was never one for numbers but I do find it really interesting to find out who is visiting our website and must admit to being really surprises (and very delighted) that we are currently reaching about 400 views a day and that 23% of those views happen at around midday on a Wednesday!!!
It is also really interesting to think about how Nutrition and Hydration Week is now being used in so many ways. Of course our vision and aims remains very much linked raising awareness of the importance nutrition and hydration across health and social but we have seen some really inspiring ideas.
Take the Junior Hydration Champions that our friends from PROSPER in Essex introduced last year. Local school children were involved in designing a posters to encourage care home residents to drink more with the winning poster being used in some care homes – I think it was the hardest thing I have every judge.
We also had our Junior Nutrition and Hydration Week Ambassadors who have now sent nearly a year engaged in range of different activities including having their own stall at their school fair, meeting with their school meals providers and developing food fact files. What is so brilliant about this is that all of the activities are link to specific skills and learning. You can read a short case study at Junior Nutrition and Hydration Week Ambassadors
We would love to see initiatives like these spread as this can only help in supporting children understand the importance of good nutrition and hydration throughout their life.
Thanks for all your support