Nutrition in Institutions

Published by Wiley-Blackwell

The importance of good nutrition for individual health and well-being is widely recognised, yet for a significant number of people who rely on institutions for food and nutrition, this importance has not always been a primary consideration. People, therefore, may find themselves consuming food they would not ordinarily choose to eat. In recent years, there have been major advances in the quality of catering in some areas, particularly schools. Other institutions which have not been thrust into the media spotlight have fared less well in terms of enthusiasm and commitment.

This insightful book looks in detail at five institutions: schools, hospitals, care homes for the elderly, prisons and the armed forces. All public sector bodies, especially those that serve the most vulnerable in our society (for example, children and especially looked-after children, the sick, the elderly, the disadvantaged), have a duty to provide appetising, healthy and nutritious meals, consistent with expert advice. Appetising, healthy food can lead to faster patient recovery times, less malnutrition, better educational attainment, less disruptive behaviour, higher productivity and less food waste.

The Department of Health, 2005.