A new and easily accessible guide has been produced after extensive consultation showed Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) older people can face barriers to accessing information about diet and exercise.
In the first such Scottish national consultation, the Big Lottery-funded Older People Services Development Project – jointly delivered by Hanover, Trust and Bield Housing Associations – talked to more than 850 BME older people across Scotland.
Now the Project, supported by NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Government, has produced the Healthy Diet & Lifestyle Guide, providing multilingual and clear advice.
The Healthy Diet & Lifestyle Guide, launched at a special event in Dollar last week, has been welcomed by the Public Health Minister, Maureen Watt.
I am pleased to support the publication of this guide. We can lower the risks associated with a number of serious conditions such as diabetes and heart disease by ensuring we consume the right food in the right quantity.
By providing quality assured, accessible information that is suited to older people from a variety of different cultural backgrounds, we are able to provide the appropriate advice to support older people to make healthier choices with their diet, and thereby reduce the health inequalities that persist in some of those communities.
Rohini Sharma Joshi, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager of Trust Housing Association, says the new guide will help BME older people take more control of their own lifestyle.
BME older people can face a number of barriers to accessing information and practical advice about healthy eating. This is an easy to access and multi-lingual guide, that also provides advice on how to follow and adapt a range of minority ethnic diets while maintaining health and nutritional balance.
The guide is readily available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi, and other languages are available on request.
Download a copy of the guide here.
Pictured: The three Chief Executives (from left to right: Rhona McLeod, Trust; Helen Murdoch, Hanover; and Brian Logan, Bield) launch the Healthy Diet & Lifestyle Guide.