Written by Danielle Gray, Digital Communications Officer for Eat Well Age Well
Come January our televisions are flooded with images of shiny gyms and membership offers. Full page adverts are taken out across newspapers and magazines for Weight Watchers and Slimming World. Billboards and bus stops entice us with celebrity cookbooks and exercise regimes. Whilst it’s not unexpected to put on a few pounds over the festive period and a desire to feel fit and healthy is a positive one, this dominant focus on the benefits of losing weight invites a bigger question – is our diet culture damaging for older people?
During 2020 we wanted to find a new way to connect with our audience and find a platform where we could share in more detail how we can all support older people in Scotland to eat well, age well and live well.
Written by Azita Boozchaloo, Registered Associate Nutritionist with MSc in Clinical Nutrition and Health.
Being a registered nutritionist (ANutr), I was looking for volunteering opportunities to gain practical experience. I learned about Eat Well Age Well in the summer of 2019, took part in relevant training sessions and became part of their ‘Eat Well Visit’ project.
Written by Tess Capper, researcher in public health nutrition at Queen’s University Belfast and Meal Makers volunteer.
2020 will mark two years since I did my first meal share as part of Meal Makers. This time two years ago, I was finishing off a PhD investigating diet and nutrition in older adults and was finding the changes in the effects of some nutrients as we age a fascinating topic. I’ve also always been a keen cook, so combining my interests in nutrition and cooking as a volunteer for Food Train’s Meal Makers project seemed a good fit.