HCC to question nurses for their views on what constitutes a healthy diet

HCC to question nurses for their views on what constitutes a healthy diet

Nurses attending a major conference in Cardiff will be asked for their view, by HCC, on what they believe constitutes a healthy diet.

They will be asked to fill in a questionnaire to find out how much they know about the different nutrients in food, and in particular the health benefits of red meat.

The Nursing in Practice event takes place at the Holland House Hotel in Cardiff on Tuesday (26th November). More than 200 health professionals who work at GP practices across Wales and the West Country will attend.

They will be asked by Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales to take part in a survey to determine how much they know about including red meat as part of a balanced diet.

HCC’s Consumer Executive Elwen Roberts said: “Practice nurses are often the first point of contact that people have when they visit their surgeries. They are professionals who often give patients advice on their lifestyle, including diet and exercise.

“While there will be a range of drug companies with information stands at the Cardiff event, very few food companies have previously taken part.

“That’s why it’s vitally important for us to be there to provide accurate and balanced information about the important role that red meat can play to help a patient fully recover after illness, or as part of a general healthy lifestyle,” she said.

HCC has produced a series of four information booklets giving the facts about red meat and protein, nutrients, iron and fat.

The organisation has also produced two cook books for schoolchildren called Cool2Cook, as well as a new book and phone application for students titled First Degree Cooking. These can all be downloaded from HCC’s website, www.hccmpw.org.uk

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