Food and nutrition in aged care facilities – what you can do

food and nutrition in aged care

Normally, scientific papers don’t make the front page of national newspapers. However back in mid February one finally did!

A research study led by Australian Dietitian, Cherie Hugo noted the spend on food in aged care facilities is going down whilst the reliance on nutrition supplements is going up.

The research study called, “What does it cost to feed aged care residents in Australia?”hit the headlines in the Brisbane Courier Mail,  and made it to radio and even the TODAY show!


Whilst some of the headlines about food and nutrition in aged care had quite a negative controversial tone,  it’s great to get this kind of nutrition news on the agenda of mainstream media.  After all, this is one of our more vulnerable groups in our communities. There are lot’s of great projects happening in aged care facilities across Australia that we can learn from to change things for the better.

Are you passionate about a nutritious, tasty meals and a fab dining experience being offered at aged care facilities?

  1. Then you might like to consider joining the Lantern Project. Their aim is to improve the quality of life of those folks living in aged care residential homes through great food, nutrition and a focus on the eating experience.
  2. It’s free to join the project and the group meets regularly to share ideas, research and projects that are working
  3. You can find the Lantern Project facebook page here or go their website by clicking here.
image credit: Dr Peter Collins via Twitter



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Wake Up Weight Watchers

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The campaign led by Balance Eating Disorders Centre in New York, commenced in response to Weight Watchers launching free membership for American Teens. This marketing move is now likely to be launched in Australia.

If you’ve never followed a weight loss diet before or never struggled with weight concerns, this might seem like a wonderful thing to offer. However for those in the know, many feel this is a marketing plot to pull in young teens whilst they are at their most vulnerable age and keep them as a loyal customer (for life). Continue reading

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Could getting more sleep be the answer to your health?

“Sleep is the

- Dalai Lama XIV


Exercise and adequate nutrition have long been regarded as the major players in keeping us well.

Hopefully, by now you realise it’s not that simple. In fact, the Association for Size, Diversity and Health produced an awesome video awhile back talking not only about the lack of effect our body weight has on our health but also pointing out all the other [important] parts of our lives that contribute to good health. That’s things like getting access to clean water, a roof over our head, happy relationships and so on (check it out here to watch). Continue reading

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