Leading provider of meals to the Healthcare sector, apetito, is supporting Nutrition and Hydration Week (June 14 – 21st 2021), and will be releasing a series of topical webcasts and podcasts to help raise awareness of the warning signs, dangers, and how to avoid malnutrition and dehydration.
Each day, there will be a different short webcast, which will be available through apetito’s social media platforms and which can also be listened to as a podcast through apetito’s website. Themes will include, ‘Hidden’ Hydration, the Warning Signs of Malnutrition and ‘what to look for’, as well as how the dining experience can impact on nutritional intake.
Currently, it is estimated that there are around three million people in the UK at risk of malnutrition. Dementia and Strokes can lead to swallowing difficulties, a condition otherwise known as dysphagia, which is a common cause of malnutrition. Worryingly four out of ten elderly patients admitted to hospital are malnourished. Many of these come from care homes or the wider community.
apetito’s in house dietitian, Emily Stuart will host the podcasts, talking informally with clinical practitioners and influencers around the themes to provide help and support for those involved. Joining Emily will be variety of guests, including Kate Allatt, an inspirational survivor of locked in syndrome, specialist malnutrition clinician, Grace Allmark, as well as apetito’s Senior Training and Operations Manager in Healthcare, Jayne Whittaker.
Each podcast will provide easy to digest information on a different aspect of malnutrition, with the aim of raising awareness and educating its listeners.
There will be a new podcast available every day between 14-19 June. The line-up is as follows:
Monday: The warning signs of malnutrition
Tuesday: The impacts of eating Texture Modified Meals and their Importance for Nutritional Intake
Wednesday: Hidden hydration in food
Thursday: The importance of plate presentation
Friday: Importance of the dining experience and socialisation.
Speaking of the initiative, Emily Stuart reinforces the importance of ensuring good nutrition and hydration across elderly and vulnerable patients:
“Malnutrition is a health condition that many of us do not associate with a G8 country, yet it is a very widespread problem in the UK. Releasing a series of podcast during Nutrition and Hydration Week is an opportunity for us, as meal providers to the vulnerable, to educate our listeners about malnutrition. We hope our podcasts will provide easy to access information for those caring for patients who may be struggling to intake the necessary nutrition.”
If you would like to download or share the apetito series of webcasts podcasts, please visit: https://youtu.be/brmLaynr8FM