Nutrition and Hydration Week 2020

Nutrition and Hydration Week has taken place every March since 2012.

Nutrition and Hydration

Its purpose is to bring people together to create energy, focus and fun in order to highlight and educate people on the value of food and drink in maintaining health and well being in health and social care.

Organisations from around the world and from all areas of health and social care take part and new organisations are welcome to join in the fun.

The highlight of the week is the Global Tea Party which takes place on the Wednesday where communities are invited to hold a tea party wherever they are and share the fun on social media.

 

To commemorate the event we thought we’d share our tips on maintaining Nutrition and Hydration:

 

  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Feeling thirsty indicates that you’re already dehydrated. Try to sip something regularly throughout the day or, at least, drink a glass of water before and in between meals.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables. Many fruits and non-starchy vegetables, such as grapes, watermelons, tomatoes, and lettuce, contain a lot of water and can help keep you hydrated. Remember, fruit contains carbohydrates. Be sure to count it as part of your meal plan.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle with you. Choose a portable water bottle that you can carry with you. Or keep different ones at the office and on your nightstand so all you have to do is reach for a sip.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger, and “snacking” on water can help you figure out what you’re really feeling. Drinking water can also help fill you up so you don’t overeat later.
  • Drink water at a restaurant before you order. It can keep you from over-ordering and overeating (plus, it’s free!).
  • Drink before, during, and after exercise. When you sweat, that’s fluid escaping your body, and you need to replace it. Make sure to drink extra water when you exercise.

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