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Embargoed until 00.01 Tuesday, 18 February 2003

 

 

HEALTH VISITORS WIN NATIONAL AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S FOOD ADVICE

 

The health visiting profession has won this year’s Friendly Food Facts award given by the Parents Jury of the Food Commission.

The award is for the best advice given by an individual, organisation or group to parents to help their children eat more healthily.

The director of the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association, Mark Jones said: ‘I think that it is very good news that health visitors have been recognised as providing excellent advice on healthy eating to children, especially as the vote of confidence has come from that hardest jury of all to please - parents.’

‘This is a tribute to the important public health advice, that is often unsung, that health visitors provide to families and communities every day. We live in a time when it is vitally important that children start their lives by eating a regular, nutritionally balanced diet and health visitors are definitely playing their part in this process.’

‘It is clear that health visitors just don’t plonk down a set of leaflets and leave, but work pro-actively with parents over a period of time to find the optimum way forward for the children involved.’

The fact that no one health visitor is singled out is very significant. It is obvious that the efforts of hundreds, if not thousands, of health visitors have been noted by parents across the UK and this has been passed back to give this tremendous result to the whole profession. The profession is proud and honoured to receive this award.’

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union

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