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Healthy eating advice from HCC

Nov 20 2014

Red meat is an important component of a balanced diet as it contains valuable nutrients that are beneficial for our health.

While no single foods contain all the nutrients we need, it is important to eat a wide variety of foods to maintain a healthy diet.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) will attend the Nursing in Practice Conference next week to reiterate these important messages to a crowd of health professionals.

The large-scale event attracts more than 200 individuals who work at GP practices across Wales and the West Country. They convene in Cardiff to listen to experts with knowledge in a variety of timely topics, to participate in seminars and to meet other leading professionals, from service providers, charities, industry bodies and more.

HCC’s Consumer Executive, Elwen Roberts said: “Practice nurses are often the first point of contact with the public when they visit their local surgery.

“Our aim is to work with them to ensure that consistent messages are conveyed on the nutrients contained in red meat, which include iron, zinc, protein, selenium and vitamins B and D, as well as the benefits of eating lamb, beef and pork if they are combined with all the other essential elements which form part of a healthy lifestyle.

“Professional practitioners will be reminded of these benefits during the event and can pick-up leaflets on how to incorporate red meat as part of a healthy, balanced diet.”

Nurses will also be asked to take part in a quiz which will illustrate how much fat is contained in red meat. The average fat content in fully trimmed beef stands at five per cent, with four per cent in lean pork and eight per cent in lean lamb.

The Conference will be held on Tuesday, 25 November at the Mercure Holland House Hotel. For more information and a copy of the event brochure, visit the website: http://www.nursinginpractice.com/cardiff

A series of information booklets have been produced by HCC giving the facts about red meat and protein, nutrients, iron and fat. These can be found on our website:  http://hccmpw.org.uk/education/health_and_diet/red_meat_and_nutrition/

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