Diet and nutrition
What needs might be unmet?
Interventions for families such as antenatal classes (including breastfeeding), breastfeeding support groups and weaning groups are often not attended by those most in need. Their need for appropriate support is not being met.
There is a lack of uptake of preventative services particularly by those at most risk of diet-related disease.
As the Healthy Start scheme is significantly under utilised for vitamin supplements there is a need to raise the awareness of the scheme, particularly in relation to the vitamin element, both with professionals and families.
With the increase in adults living in supported living accommodation there will be an increase in the need for support and education about diet.