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There are many myths about food and Covid-19 in circulation as people look for ways to protect themselves against the virus. Click the below link to find out the facts and remember, the best way to protect yourself is to follow the guidance issued by the government on hand washing, social distancing and staying home.
 
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There is plenty of food for everyone.  As supermarkets ensure vulnerable people and frontline workers can access to the food they need, you can do your bit to help by trying meals that call for ingredients you might not usually use.   Dig out the back of the cupboard tins, use up your herbs and spices.  Dried beans and pulses stretch a long way and can pad out meat dishes to make them go further.  Remember frozen fruit and veg still count as your 5 a day, as does tinned.  Opt for veggies in unsalted water, and fruit in unsweetened juice instead of syrups.  For inspiration and easy meals click here
 
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/eat-better/
 
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/water-drinks-nutrition/
 
Hot food takeaways are still open, but with a lot of dishes being high in sugar, fat and salt it’d be easy to gain several pounds during isolation.  If you’re having a takeaway for a treat, click here to see what switches you could make to keep the calories down.
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/healthier-takeaways/
 
It's likely that many of us will face financial challenges in the coming months, so reducing the amount of wasted food will keep both food bills and trips to the shops to a minimum. Start measuring and planning portion sizes, so you don’t cook more than you need.  Click here for a portion planning calculator.
 
https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/portion-planner
 
And click here to see what constitutes a portion size.
 
https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/food-facts-portion-sizes.html
If you do make too much, get creative with your leftovers.  Make best use of freezers for fresh things that are starting to turn, or revive floppy veg in a bowl of icy water for 30 minutes.  If you are unsure when food could be used or should be thrown in the bin, click here for kitchen hacks to make sure next to nothing ends up in the compost bin.
 
https://lovefoodhatewaste.com/
 

Children

Children are more likely to try something new if they’ve been involved in preparing the meal.  For simple, healthy recipes to cook with kids click here.  Boredom may also lead to extra snacking so check out healthy swaps.
https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/about-change4life
 
If you qualify for free school meals your school may be providing you with either food packages or vouchers for food.  Visit your school’s website for more information.  If you are eligible for the meals but do not wish to take up the offer, let them know. 
 
 

Older People

 
If you are an older person your appetite might be small, but eating little and often will help keep you feeling strong. 
 
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If you can’t get to the shops it’s useful to have some dried, long life and ready to eat options in your store cupboard.  Click here for a useful shopping checklist.
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If you are an older person, it’s also important to stay properly hydrated, especially if you have urinary incontinence.  Staying hydrated can help protect against urinary tract infections, constipation and poor memory and concentration. 
https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/healthy-eating/healthy-eating-guide/
 
If you have specific nutrition needs linked to a medical condition, you should continue to follow the guidance set out by your GP, dietician or healthcare professional.   For more information click here
 
https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/covid-19-corona-virus-advice-for-the-general-public.html
 
If you are vulnerable and are self-isolating, and do not have a friend or family member who can help you access the food you need click here
 
https://www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus/emergency
 
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