Helping of afternoon tea to stay hydrated

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THE importance of drinking water and eating well will be highlighted today with servings of afternoon tea.

It is being served around the world as part of Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014.

The initiative has been organised worldwide, to highlight the importance of good nutritional care and how it can improve people’s quality of life.

Hampshire County Council is supporting the global event and more than 360 afternoon teas will be delivered to older residents on the Meals on Wheels scheme.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member for adult social care, said: ‘Good nutrition and hydration plays a crucial role in helping people stay healthy and independent.

‘A decreasing appetite or reduced ability to buy and prepare healthy foods can mean that older people don’t get enough essential vitamins, mineral and fibre, and this can contribute to feeling generally unwell or exacerbate some chronic illnesses.’

To order Meals on Wheels and afternoon teas, visit hants.gov.uk/meals-on-wheels