A healthy mouth is a gateway to a healthy body. Good hydration, nutrition and mouth health can have a significant impact on our overall general health and wellbeing but are often considered in isolation when in reality, they are very much interlinked.

When we’re busy it’s so easy to grab a packet of crisps, perhaps a chocolate bar (or two) and a sugary drink but eating the wrong foods, having a limited diet and not drinking enough water can lead to serious health problems.

This month as part of Flourish, we will be focusing on these three important topics, which go hand in hand, and have pulled together some useful resources for staff. – #SelfCare.

It’s a fact that being well hydrated can help staff to work to their full potential, feel healthier and more energised.

The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day – that’s between eight and ten 200ml cups.

Yet a recent study showed almost half of healthcare workers finished their shift dehydrated and weren’t drinking enough water. Signs and symptoms to look out for include:

Headache
Fatigue and irritability
Poor concentration levels
Mental confusion
Loss of appetite
Dizziness
Nausea
Constipation
Dark-coloured urine

This month we’re encouraging staff – either as teams or individuals – to increase their daily fluid intake over the next 31 days and consider the health benefits this brings. We’ve also produced some useful resources on the importance of rehydrating, refuelling and taking a proper break!

DAY 1

A good diet is important for good health – check out thisheathy eating guide

DAY 1

A good diet is important for good health – check out thisheathy eating guide

DAY 2

How to lose weight and keep it off!

DAY 3

It’s all about portions – big or small!

DAY 4

The most important meal of the day – breakfast food facts

DAY 5

Packed lunches don’t have to be boring!

DAY 6

Does it really help the medicine go down? Sugar facts

DAY 7

Know your food labels – understanding nutritional information

DAY 8

Eat well for less!

DAY 9

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DAY 9

Tell a colleague why you are proud of the NHS

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 10

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DAY 10

Help a friend or colleague!

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 11

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DAY 11

Take an hour to do exactly what ‘YOU' want!

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 12

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DAY 12

Eat healthy for the day!

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 13

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DAY 1

A good diet is important for good health – check out thisheathy eating guide

DAY 14

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DAY 2

Make contact with one new member of staff today

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 15

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DAY 3

Have a Lunchtime Walk

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 16

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DAY 4

Hold a Team Working Lunch (Away from Office)

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 17

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DAY 5

Walk/Cycle to work

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 18

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DAY 6

Rehydrate regularly - Drink more water

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 19

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DAY 7

Do something nice for someone!

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 20

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DAY 8

Smile at somebody, happiness & positivity is infectious!

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 21

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DAY 9

Tell a colleague why you are proud of the NHS

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 22

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DAY 10

Help a friend or colleague!

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 23

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DAY 11

Take an hour to do exactly what ‘YOU' want!

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 24

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DAY 12

Eat healthy for the day!

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 25

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DAY 1

A good diet is important for good health – check out thisheathy eating guide

DAY 26

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DAY 2

Make contact with one new member of staff today

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 27

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DAY 3

Have a Lunchtime Walk

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 28

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DAY 4

Hold a Team Working Lunch (Away from Office)

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 29

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DAY 5

Walk/Cycle to work

#PledgeItPlanIt

DAY 30

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DAY 6

Rehydrate regularly - Drink more water

#PledgeItPlanIt

Five a day!

We’ve partnered up with local greengrocers Passion 4 Fruits to make it easier for staff, patients and visitors to pick up healthyfood on the way to and from hospital.

Don’t forget there’s a 10% discount when you spend over £5!

Dining out

We all deserve a treat once in a while and as a member of staff, there are a number of discounts available when eating out.

Urine
colour chart

What colour is your wee?

Rest,
Rehydrate,
Refuel

Royal College of Nursing publication for staff health and wellbeing

Your mouth is amazing! It helps you eat, speak and smile confidently—to enjoy life.

The average cost of a tooth extraction in hospital for a child aged 5yrs and under is £836 In 2015-2016 tooth decay was the most common reason for hospital admissions for children aged 5 to 9 years-old and the sixth most common procedure in hospital for children aged 4 years and under. –

#SelfCare.

The fact’s

It takes 43 muscles to frown. It only takes

to smile!

The average woman smiles 62 times a day; the average man? Only 8 times!

%

of adults are attracted to somebody by their smile alone.

World Oral Health Day is celebrated globally every year on 20 March. It is organised by the World Dental Federation and is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health.

Find out more and see the resources available for download on the link below.

Your mouth is a mirror to your body and reflects your general health and wellbeing. Avoid risk factors, adopt good oral hygiene habits and have regular dental check-ups to help protect your mouth and body. A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand.

Bad breath, or halitosis, is characterised by an unpleasant odour of the mouth. Causes can vary, do you know what causes bad breath?

Download the quiz and get your team together!

From patient stories to expert advice, this full-day event at the Royal Victoria Infirmary has something for everyone, including a ‘speed dating’ event if you want some key information quickly. Further information is available in our conference agenda.

Nutrition and Hydration Week is open to anyone who wants to join a shared cause of helping people understand the importance of nutrition and hydration in health and social care, plus it’s fun and free to join!

At Newcastle Hospitals, we’ll be holding stands at the Medicinema RVI and Freeman Hospital entrance from Monday to Friday (16-20 March), where staff will be on hand between midday and 2pm to provide support and advice.

The highlight of every Nutrition and Hydration Week is the Global Tea Party which takes place on the Wednesday and organisations will be holding tea parties to show their commitment to nutritional care, as well as helping people to improve their nutritional intake.

If you are getting involved, share your photos on social media using the hashtag #NHW2019.

Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties.

Some people with dysphagia have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others can’t swallow at all. Other signs of dysphagia include:

– coughing or choking when eating or drinking
– bringing food back up, sometimes through the nose
– a sensation that food is stuck in your throat or chest
– persistent drooling of saliva
– being unable to chew food properly
– a ‘gurgly’ wet sounding voice when eating or drinking

Over time, dysphagia can also cause symptoms such as weight loss and repeated chest infections. If you, or someone you care for or a family member, is having difficulty swallowing please refer to the speech and language therapy team. There are different teams for different client groups in different locations/specialities. You can be referred via your GP or directly.

Modified diet and fluid consistencies

Oral hygiene

Assistance with feeding/positioning

Adapting equipment

Managing the environment

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