STAFFORDSHIRE home-meal delivery service, Wiltshire Farm Foods, has teamed up with the Stroke Association to help raise awareness to Leek and Cheadle residents of the importance diet can play in reducing the risk of stroke, as well as helping the recovery process.
Every year an estimated 150,000 people in the UK have a stroke, one every five minutes with most of those affected over the age of 65.
Eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of having a stroke by up to 30 per cent, while nutrition is known to play a key role in stroke recovery.
In recognition of World Stroke Day, Wiltshire Farm Foods and the Stroke Association have developed a handy fact sheet to help explain how and why what you eat affects your risk of stroke.
The guide also offers some simple ways that Leek and Cheadle residents can make their diet healthier.
Gary Mundell, managing director at Wiltshire Farm Foods Staffordshire, comments: “It goes without saying that people who have had a stroke should eat well to speed up their recovery, but with World Stroke Day just around the corner, we also want residents in Leek and Cheadle to be more aware of the importance of diet when it comes to stroke prevention. Changes to your diet can significantly reduce your chance of stroke. That’s why we’ve created this fact sheet with the Stroke Association, as it offers simple tips that could make all the difference.”
The fact sheet, which is available to download online or from the Wiltshire Farm Foods in Staffordshire, includes tips such as eating leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits, which contain natural antioxidants, as well as advice on how to limit the amount of fat and salt in your diet. For instance, cutting down on full-fat milk, cream, cheese, processed meats and takeaways, are simple ways to lower cholesterol and prevent high blood pressure – key factors in the cause of stroke.
Joe Phillips, account director for corporate partnerships at the Stroke Association, adds: “High blood pressure is the single biggest risk factor for stroke. We know that diet and exercise play an important role in keeping it under control. Most of us are aware that we should watch what we eat and limit our salt intake, but World Stroke Day is a good time for everyone to reflect on how important diet can be in helping to reduce their risk of stroke. We’ve teamed up with Wiltshire Farm Foods to create this fact sheet, which people can print off at home and refer to when looking at package labelling and planning their weekly meals.”
In addition to providing a range of low salt, low fat and gluten free options for Leek and Cheadle residents, Wiltshire Farm Foods also provides a range of soft and moulded pureéd meals that are ideal for stroke survivors who have problems with swallowing – a condition known as dysphagia.
Gary Mundell adds: “After a stroke, patients naturally want to get home and start living normally as soon as possible, but if they are experiencing dysphagia, preparing and eating food can be a real challenge.
“We recognise that a number of stroke patients in the area rely on our services to stay independent at home. That’s why through this partnership we’ll also be working with the Stroke Association to ensure that we can provide the latest advice and support for these customers, as well as providing food that they will enjoy.”
To download the healthy eating fact sheet, visit www.stroke.org.uk/factsheet/healthy-eating-and-stroke or to request a hard copy call 0800 066 4227. For more information visit www.wiltshirefarmfoods.com