Village Green participates in Nutrition and Hydration Week

Pictured above, Village Green hosted a taste panel to test new menu items on March 13. The event was part of the home’s focus on Nutrition and Hydration Week.

Global campaign aimed at promoting healthy eating and staying hydrated

Village Green joined an international campaign March 12-16, when the Greater Napanee long-term care home participated in Nutrition and Hydration Week.

The week is focused on encouraging people around the world to eat healthy food and stay hydrated. Given the importance of healthy eating and hydration in long-term care homes, Village Green’s nutritional care team wanted to involve residents and staff members, says nutritional care manager Miranda Ray.

Each day during Nutrition and Hydration Week the home focused on one area of healthy eating.

Monday started with a big breakfast to underscore the importance of eating in the morning.

On Tuesday, Village Green’s nutritional care team hosted a taste panel for residents, families and staff members to showcase the foods being offered in the next menu cycle and to use feedback to enhance mealtime quality.

Wednesday featured the Worldwide Afternoon Tea, an event where long-term care homes and other organizations around the world hosted a tea party to promote health and well-being.

Hydration was the focus of the day on Thursday. Dubbed Thirsty Thursday, Village Green team members offered different beverages such as cucumber-strawberry water, lemon water and fresh lemonade to encourage and promote the importance of hydration.

The next day was Fruity Friday. The nutritional care team offered fruit and beverages to promote balanced healthy eating and the importance of having fruits and fibre in people’s diets.

The Nutrition and Hydration Week website describes the campaign’s mission.

“Our mission is to create a global movement that will reinforce, focus, energise, create activity and engagement for nutrition and hydration as a fundamental element to maintaining the health and well-being for our global community,” the website says.

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