VODG turns attention to diet as part of ongoing health inequalities campaign

Do you know whether the people you support eat a healthy diet? Do they drink enough? Do you want to find out? In order to live a healthy lifestyle we all need to:

  • Eat the right amount of food for our activity levels
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Drink sufficient fluids

However, in 2015 only 26% adults ate the recommended five or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day.

NHS statistics indicate that 58% of women and 68% men are overweight or obese. This can increase the risk of developing a number of serious diseases including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, some cancers, asthma, obstructive sleep apnoea and musculoskeletal problems.

As part of VODG’s focus on tackling health inequalities we are proposing to work with members to develop resources to enable providers to audit the nutritional value of what people eat and drink. VODG members interested in getting involved in our pilot group should email research.policy@vodg.org.uk by Friday 23 February 2018.