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New healthy diet and lifestyle guide in six community languages

By on June 26, 2015

A new and easily accessible guide has been produced following an extensive consultation that shows Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) older people can face barriers to accessing information about diet and exercise.

In the first such Scottish national consultation, the Big Lottery-funded Older People Services Development Project talked to more than 850 BME older people across Scotland. Now the Older People Services Development Project, supported by NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Government, has produced the Healthy Diet & Lifestyle Guide which provides multilingual and clear advice.

While some of those BME older people consulted had received information on healthy eating, some found this contradictory or not relevant to their diet, and they also felt they required more nutritional information in relation to a number of specific medical conditions, and to dietary differences.

Rohini Sharma Joshi, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager of Trust Housing Association, says the new guide will help BME older people to take more control of their own lifestyle.

She said: “BME older people can face a number of barriers to accessing information and practical advice about healthy eating. This is an easy to access and multi-lingual guide, that also provides advice on how to follow and adapt a range of minority ethnic diets while maintaining health and nutritional balance.

“The Older People Services Development Project would like to thank the NHS Health Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Advisory Group for their support in producing this guide.”

Scotland’s Public Health Minister Maureen Watt said: “I am pleased to support the publication of this guide. We can lower the risks associated with a number of serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease by ensuring we consume the right food in the right quantity.

“By providing quality assured, accessible information that is suited to older people from a variety of different cultural backgrounds, we are able to provide the appropriate advice to support older people to make healthier choices with their diet, and thereby reduce the health inequalities that persist in some of those communities.”

A pdf version of the summary report and guide in English and six community languages is available here

Picture: Rhona McLeod, Trust Housing Association CEO, Helen Murdoch, Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association CEO and Brian Logan, Bield Housing Association CEO at the launch of the Healthy Diet & Lifestyle Guide.

* The Older People Services Development Project was awarded five years funding of £476,029 in July 2011 from the Big Lottery Fund. Jointly delivered by Trust Housing Association, Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association and Bield Housing and Care, the Older People Services Development Project  operates throughout Scotland, providing specialist multi-lingual help and advice for older people from BME communities who require assistance in accessing benefits and services entitlements.

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