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Middle-aged fears for future health UK adults leaving diet changes too late

More than two thirds of people in the UK cite memory loss as their top fear in old age Half fear loss of mobility and deteriorating eyesight Yet one-in-five does not believe diet impacts on long term health until aged over 40 Only 27% of adults aged 19-64 meet the 5-A-Day fruit & veg recommendations Over a quarter (28%) DON’T BELIEVE diet changes can be beneficial at all with regards to health or age-related needs in later life   A…

Find reliable information on food supplements – Health Information Week 3 – 9 July 2017

Health Information Week (HIW) runs from 3 – 9 July 2017 and is a national initiative which aims to promote high quality health information to the public.   The objectives of the campaign are also to encourage partnership working across sectors and to help improve health literacy. During the week, NHS teams and other organisations will be running events and raising awareness of resources to help support health professionals and the public. The week is being promoted using the hashtag…

8 Top Nutritional Tips on How Your Diet Can Help Manage Arthritis

Registered nutritionist, Dr Emma Derbyshire from the Health and Food Supplements Information Service shares her nutritional tips for arthritis below:   Maintain a healthy body weight When considering the role of nutrition in arthritis management, it is important to look at body weight. Being a healthy body weight, typically defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) sitting between 19 and 25, can help to ease pressure on the joints caused by carrying excess weight.  NHS Choices has an excellent BMI…

HSIS Welcomes Roll-Out of Healthy Start Supplements to All Pregnant Women in Scotland

All pregnant women in Scotland are now entitled to free Healthy Start supplements containing folic acid, vitamin D and vitamin C HSIS welcomes this eminently sensible move by the Scottish Government which is aimed at improving the health of parents and children and hopes that the Governments in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will soon follow suit. Prior to 1st April 2017 Healthy Start vitamins were only freely available to women and children from families receiving means-tested benefits. On announcing…

Vitamin D briefing - Sorting fact from fiction

FACT: In the UK we cannot synthesize vitamin D from sunlight in the months from October to April and therefore everyone needs to take a supplement for those seven months of the year.[1] The Health Supplements Information Service (HSIS) highlights the continuing concerns around intakes of vitamin D in diets in the UK.  Latest data show that around a fifth of adults aged 19 to 64 years have low blood levels of vitamin D.[2]  Alongside this, average intakes of vitamin…

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What is an NRV and why is it important?

NRV is an abbreviation of ‘Nutrient Reference Value’. NRV’s are set for 13 vitamins and 14 minerals for the purposes of food labelling and are EU guidance levels on the daily amount of vitamin or mineral that the average healthy person needs to prevent...

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