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Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Information and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions now in place.

Eating Well during COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory infection that affects your lungs and airways.  

At this time, it is especially important to eat healthily so that our bodies are more able to fight infections such as Covid-19.

If you are worried about your weight or want help to eat more healthily and lose weight, we can help.

The way we shop and eat may have changed during COVID-19 restrictions. This may be having to cook more on tighter budget, feed children during school closures, or relying on others to do the shopping. 

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If you are overweight or have type 2 diabetes, it is important to follow a healthy diet. Having Diabetes does not me...

If you are overweight or have type 2 diabetes, it is important to follow a healthy diet.

Having Diabetes does not mean you are more likely to catch coronavirus (COVID-19).  However, if you do catch coronavirus (COVID-19), it can cause more severe symptoms and complications in people with diabetes. My Diabetes My way and Diabetes UK provides specific advice for people with diabetes, their family and friends. 

For people with diabetes or a BMI of 40 or above it is very important to maintain a healthy weight or losing some weight could help during COVID-19.  This may seem very challenging due to the current restrictions but there are lots of useful resources to help (see point 2 and 3).

Glasgow and Clyde Weight Management Services are targeted to adults aged 18 and over with existing health conditions that will be improved by losing weight. So if you have Diabetes; Heart Disease or have previously had a Stroke and have a BMI of >30 then you can self-refer to the weight management service by calling 0141 211 3379 or completing an  online referral form. For young people between 12-18 the Weight to Go programme that is currently operating a waiting list.

It is an important time to eat well and be a healthy weight to keep you and your households healthy. You may be prep...

It is an important time to eat well and be a healthy weight to keep you and your households healthy.

You may be preparing and cooking more meals at home. Food Standards Scotland has useful information on food safety to help make sure the food you cook and eat won’t do you any harm.

If you are looking for meal ideas that are low cost, quick and easy to prepare Eat Better Feel Better recipes are free to access and also has meal planners and cook-a-long videos. Love food Hate Waste also have lots of recipes and information and tips on reducing food waste.

Information on the benefits of a healthy diet can be accessed on NHS Inform Food and Nutrition.

Practical help and great resources to help you lose weight are available. Have a look at our Eat Well Feel Good Look Great Lose weight practical guide or try the new NHS Inform 12 week online weight management programme.

Keeping active during this difficult time can be challenging, but help and advice on staying active and well is available.

This is a challenging time and will cause worry for some households. We have gathered local information on the COVID-...

This is a challenging time and will cause worry for some households. We have gathered local information on the COVID-19 response to food. It provides information on how to access food including the newly established community hubs, food aid, meal providers, information for specific groups such as shielded households and those entitled to free school meals.

COVID-19 might affect you financially. Our Money worries page provides information about COVID-19 and your finances, changes to benefits claims and the support services available.

Pregnant women and families who have children aged up to three years old on low income might be entitled to Best Start Food benefits.

Many people are being asked to stay at home if they are shielding or self-isolating. During these measures you may wa...

Many people are being asked to stay at home if they are shielding or self-isolating. During these measures you may want to take a vitamin supplement containing vitamin D.

The Scottish Government are currently advising people to stay at home. This may mean staying indoors for much of the day which could result in not getting enough Vitamin D from sunlight. During stay at home restrictions, guidance on vitamin D has been revised to reflect the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. National information on shielding can be found on the NHS Inform site.

Everyone (including children and pregnant and breastfeeding women) should consider taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of vitamin D. This is especially important for people who are indoors all of the time for bone and muscle health. More information is available via the Scottish Government website.

Vitamin D supplements can be purchased at most supermarkets and pharmacies. If you are self-isolating or shielding and are unable to go to the shops help is available in your area, please see table below.

All pregnant women are entitled to free Healthy Start vitamins, which contain Vitamin D from your midwife. Women and children who qualify for the Best Start Foods scheme in Scotland can get free Healthy Start vitamins containing the recommended amounts of vitamin D from your community pharmacy. Healthy Start vitamins are also available to purchase if you do not qualify for Best Start Food

People aged 70 or older are more at risk from COVID-19 and should follow social distancing measures to keep safe. Ag...

People aged 70 or older are more at risk from COVID-19 and should follow social distancing measures to keep safe.

Age Scotland has compiled advice for older people and their families on how to avoid exposure to the virus, and includes advice on shopping. Age Scotland also have a helpline Telephone: 0800 12 44 222.

Local community support is also available for those who require assistance to access food and support.  Please see our local information and support.

 

Support is available for anyone who has been hospitalised due to COVID-19 Our Support and Information Service (SIS) ...

Support is available for anyone who has been hospitalised due to COVID-19

Our Support and Information Service (SIS) provides support and information on a range of issues including money advice, energy and carers support. We also provide an emergency food discharge pack for vulnerable inpatients being discharged from QEUH, GRI and RAH who either have no food at home or are unable to food shop due to COVID-19. We will also make onward referrals to services providing food shopping and medicine deliveries.

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