FOOD & DRINK: HEALTHY EATING: Here to help you to healthier eating a better lifestyle.
By RUTH BREESE, a state-registered community dietician working in south Warwickshire
HELLO, this is my first column for the Evening Telegraph and I though I would take a moment to introduce myself.
I am one of two community dieticians working in south Warwickshire and I must enjoy it as I've been here for 12 years.
Through this fortnightly column on healthy eating I hope to continue the excellent work of my predecessor on the page Beverley Spicer.
Part of my job is seeing people who need a special diet because of an illness but instead of working in a big hospital, I see them in their doctor's practice, nursing home or community hospital.
I work closely with the hospital dieticians.
The other part of my work is promoting good nutrition and healthy eating. June has been a busy time for this as we have been involved in "Food First".
This is a campaign organised by the British Dietetic Association to encourage everyone to eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
These campaigns are fun, but hard work. As food is a topic of interest, we found that many different people wanted to work with us.
This year we arranged for Horticultural Research International in Wellesbourne to give Bath Place Community Venture in Leamington a supply of tomatoes and mushrooms. They used them in new recipes for the Community Cafe, and food co-op.
The meals at Bath Place are cheap and really tasty. The food co-ordinator Richard has promised to give us a recipe for a future column.
The Heart of England Co-op at Warwick Gates was brilliant. They gave us fruit to give to the 20 NHS wards and departments across four hospitals, who joined in the campaign. This was to say a small thanks to all those people who work hard looking after others.
Staff are used to getting sweets and biscuits, but said the fruit was great as it was tasty and good for them.
One of the things I like best about working in the community is talking to ordinary people who do not have to change what they eat because of an illness.
I did a lot of this during June. I was invited to visit community groups at Age Concern, local libraries and hospitals to talk about food and health. The groups told me what they really think about healthy eating messages and asked lots of challenging questions about food.
In this column I want to answer many of the questions people have about food. As well as letting you know what the experts are thinking.
I'll be talking to people who work with food such as chefs, environmental health departments, schools, voluntary groups and childminders.
If you have a point to put forward or a question to ask, please write in - if I don't know the answer I'm sure I'll find someone who does.
Write to me care of the Features Dept., Evening Telegraph, Corporation Street, Coventry CV1 1FP.
Enjoy your food.