A healthier way in hospitals pays off - The Leamington Observer

A healthier way in hospitals pays off

Leamington Editorial 8th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

SWAPPING chips for salad and chocolate for yoghurt has paid off for South Warwickshire Foundation Trust.

Two years ago the trust – which runs hospitals in Warwick, Leamington, Stratford and Shipston, – introduced a fresh and healthy menu for patients, staff and visitors in a bid to try and improve diet and wellbeing.

Teaming up with the likes of Public Health Warwickshire and the Food for Life project they adopted a menu of fresh and healthy food.

To mark the two year milestone the organisations involved held a celebration – complete with an omelette challenge, smoothie bike and the chance to enjoy one of the measured distance walks outside the hospital.

And the trust say their bid to improve health and wellbeing does not stop here.

Director of development Jayne Blacklay said: “The event not only celebrated all of the achievements of the Food for Life project so far but also gave us an insight into the ways we can use sustainable food and drink to improve health in future.

“We have recently launched our trust objectives and strategy and these show that we’ll be increasingly focusing on wellbeing and health as we proactively work to reduce illness among the local community. The work done as part of the Food for Life project is a key part of this process so I want to thank our staff and partners for their involvement.”

To keep in their healthy frame of mind the trust even tried to ensure any food which was not used at the event was reused.

Visit www.swft.nhs.uk to find out more about the trust’s healthy future.

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