Diet and nutrition
What services are currently provided?
One-to-one consultations on nutrition and dietary advice are available within primary care. General practices also carry out brief interventions, particularly as part of the Tees Healthy Heart Check programme to improve lifestyle behaviour, including dietary habits.
Where appropriate health professionals in the acute and community settings are trained to identify those patients who are suffering from malnutrition, or are at risk, using the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST). The Trust has a High Impact for Nutrition Group to ensure processes are followed and improved if needed. The community setting will be using this model to increase capacity.
Health Trainer programme
Community cooking sessions
The regional Better Health at Work Awards encourage employers in the North East to consider how they can improve the health of their workforce. Stockton on Tees council lead on the development of the award by and introducing the award to local businesses and supporting them to achieve it. Implementing and promoting healthy eating is an integral part of the scheme.
Community Growing Schemes
There are a variety of growing schemes in the borough, delivered in schools and in the community. They are delivered by various organisations, targeting different population groups.
There are a number of food banks across the borough delivered by a number of different organisations, some having defined access criteria such as only accessible to substance misusers.
Healthy Choice Partnership – Healthy Catering Award
This scheme is designed and delivered by Stockton on Tees Borough Council Trading Standards to help businesses, who supply ready to eat food, to provide healthy catering by encouraging the use of fresh ingredients, healthy preparation and the use of clear sign-posting of healthier options on menus.
Infants, Children and Young People
Healthy Start scheme
The Department of Health Healthy Start scheme provides free vouchers to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, infant formula milk and vitamins. The national scheme is available to women during pregnancy and for one year following birth of their child and to children until their fourth birthday, who are in receipt of certain welfare benefits or under 18 years old.
Stockton on Tees Borough council has funded the expansion of the scheme since 1st April 2015 so that all pregnant women, women who choose to breastfeed and children from around six months to their fourth birthday receive Healthy Start vitamins.
Weaning (moving from breast or formula milk to introducing solid foods)
School aged children and young people
Primary school lunch time meals are provided by Stockton Borough Council. All meals provided by the Local Authority (LA) meet the nationally set School Food Standards. Several secondary schools are also provided with lunch time meals by the LA.