Leigh residents offered nutritional advice to help reduce stroke risk
By efisher | Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 15:49
With World Stroke Day earlier this month, Wigan home-meal
delivery service, Wiltshire Farm Foods, has teamed up with the Stroke
Association to help raise awareness to Leigh residents of the importance diet
can play in reducing the risk of stroke, as well as helping the recovery
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 Leigh residents can make their diet
David Barker, managing director at Wiltshire Farm Foods Wigan,
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 Leigh 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
The fact sheet, which is available to download online or
from the Wiltshire Farm Foods in Wigan, 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.
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 Leigh 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.
David Barker 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
Six stop stroke food facts:
- Simply eating
five or more portions for fruit and vegetables a day, can reduce your
risk of stroke by up to 30%.
- Prevent high
blood pressure by cutting down on fat. Drink less full-fat milk and
cream and cut down on cheese, processed meats and takeaways.
- Try to reduce your daily salt intake, by reducing the amount
of salt you put in foods and carefully reading package labels. Where
possible, choose low salt options.
- Increase your daily fibre intake with
leafy green vegetables. Fibre can significantly lower cholesterol levels.
- Studies have
shown citrus fruits have proven particularly protective against stroke
due to their levels of antioxidants.
*Consult your GP before making
changes to your diet