Practical Health Promotion Intervention among old peolpe in Sweden;
“Food Classes for Old People”
M Nydahl 1, C Fjellström 1, B Sidenvall 2, M Raats 3, M Lumbers 4and
Food in Later Life Project Team
1Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2 School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Sweden, 3 Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, UK, 4 School of Management, University of Surrey, UK
Malnutrition in old people is well documented. Old homebound participants in the EU-funded project ”Senior Food Quality” (2003-2005) reported problems and worries how to handle their food and meal situation, i.e. strategies to eat nutritiously well and to manage procurement and cooking. Men, and women, were also found to have lack of knowledge and routines to choose existing nutritiously well-balanced products/ready prepared meals etc. Due to these results “Food Classes for Old People” (FCOP) was developed as an educational tool to be implemented in the community.
The purpose of the presentation is to describe the process, development and outcomes of FCOP in Sweden.
Analysis and Results
The outcomes from FCOP have shown that the overall interest among the participants, both men and women, are very positive. The participants report high satisfaction with the theoretical content of each session, i.e. learning more about a healthy diet, as well as with the practical (cooking) parts. Further, the social part, including cooking and eating a meal together, are appreciated and stimulate further contacts also after the FCOP.
Earlier studies have shown that old people acquire a better understanding and improved knowledge of how to arrange their food situation exemplified by using simple solutions/strategies. The food classes should thus be seen as a preventive tool to enable old people to live in their homes, to eat well even when very old and to stay healthy for as long as possible.
Keywords: old people, food classes, healthy diet, cooking, ready prepared meals
Margaretha Nydahl, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Uppsala
Margaretha.Nydahl@ihv.uu.se Tel: + 46- (0)18- 471 23 18