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Practical Health Promotion Intervention among old people in Sweden: "Food Classes for Old People"
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics. (Christina Fjellström, Birgitta Sidenvall, Monique Raats, Margret Lumbers, & Food in Later Life Project Team)
2008 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

 

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

Background

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.

Objective

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.

Conclusions

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

Contact information

Margaretha Nydahl, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Uppsala

Margaretha.Nydahl@ihv.uu.se                                                  Tel: + 46- (0)18- 471 23 18

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2008.
Keyword [en]
old people, food classes, healthy diet, cooking, ready prepared meals
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-100243OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-100243DiVA: diva2:209902
Note
10th Nordic Meeting for Dietitians, Uppsala, 2008-04-10 - 2008-04-12Available from: 2009-07-31 Created: 2009-03-27 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved

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