Healthy Eating

My name is Ian Jones.
I’m head of nutrition and dietetics
for Westminster
and also provide a service
into Hammersmith and Fulham now.
Basically we are a nutrition
and dietetics service.
If l just break that down
into nutrition and dietetics,
the nutrition part is around the public
health issues that surround nutrition.
So it’s the preventative
nutrition interventions.
One of the biggest programmes
that we run is called Fit for Life.
OK, how’s everyone getting on
with food diaries?
It’s a group programme
that has a nutrition component.
So lots of information about the correct
nutrition, the correct things to eat,
including the things to shop for,
how to read labels, budgeting etc.
Firstly, as you said,
reducing the amount of fat.
So if we are successful in changing that
recipe so there’s less fat in there,
obviously there are going to be
less calories, aren’t there?
(Jones) The Fit for Life also has
a physical-activity component.
We try and make it as fun as possible.
But it also has
a behavioural-change component.
But we’ve really got to,
as l mentioned earlier,
try and change the way we think
so we can motivate ourselves
and try and stay positive and think…
Another way of doing that and capturing
the patients or the clients,
after they have been through
an intervention with dietetics
is our drop-in service.
My life is completely different.
I’m a completely different person.
Fantastic! You’ve lost
three centimetres from your waist.
Excellent! Good going.
You know, I’m really into sport now.
l love physical activity.
l love doing different things.
l love going out socialising,
whereas before
l used to hide myself away.
I’ve become such a happy person.
And I’ve become so confident
which l never, ever would have,
had l not come here.
It’s the drop-in aspect of it
which is good.
You’ve got a couple of hours’ window
that you can make it.
So l don’t think there’s any clear
start time, which is good.
Also the information that you get.
The dietetic side is much more
around the clinical work that we do.
So it’s around treating and preventing
certain diseases
that have a nutritional component.
So an example could be diabetes,
obesity, cardiovascular disease.
It could be argued that nutrition
is the cornerstone
in the management of those diseases.
You could take something like this much
as a portion.
This is a medium slice of bread.
And this would be one portion.
All oils have got the same calories.
And they are all very, very high
in calories
as compared to other foods.
So if you added two teaspoons
or three teaspoons of oil in your salad,
that would contribute towards
your calories.
Any health professional
or member of staff in Westminster
can access
the Westminster intranet site.
All of the dietetic services are listed.
We have our own
nutrition and dietetics page.
All the services are listed,
all the programmes
such as Fit for Life, Kick Start.
All the information is there,
the referral forms etc.
For people outside of the organisation,
the Westminster internet site, again,
has most of our information there.
It also has a number
of first-line advice sheets.
They’re a very good stopgap for patients
until they get a referral
into dietetics,
or are able to speak
to their practice nurse
or another healthcare professional
for more detailed advice.

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