Professional dietetic advice on offer at local infant drop-in service

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The ‘food is fun’ message promoted at roadshows across Lewis and Harris last summer will be further strengthened during June 2011, when local Dieticians will be providing free advice and support at the popular M’ulaidh infant drop-in group.

M’ulaidh, a drop in service for parents with young children, was launched in October 2010 at the Bridge Centre Stornoway. The group has proved extremely popular over the past six months, with a growing number of people attending to take advantage of the advice and support on offer.

NHS Western Isles Health Visitor, Dorothy Macdonald, explained: “Last year’s ‘Food is Fun’ roadshow aimed to encourage families to choose more healthy foods and to show how food can be fun, sociable and economic to grow and create delicious meals from.

“Following this very successful event, the local Health Visiting Team, in conjunction with other key agencies, continued to deliver the ‘food is fun message’ and provide support, information and advice to all expectant mothers and families with young children through the M’ulaidh drop-in group.”

She continued: “To further improve the service offered at the drop-in group, an NHS Western Isles Dietician will be available at M’ulaidh from 1-2pm on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th June. Parents and carers of young children are encouraged to attend and make use of the fantastic free advice and support available from our local Dietician - which includes a lot of the information we provided at ‘Food is Fun’ events, including a free activity bag and recipe folder!”

M’ulaidh is on every Tuesday from 1-3pm and all families with young children are encouraged to attend, for the opportunity to meet with a Health Visitor for any advice regarding their health, growth and development. Parents are encouraged to pop in to see their local Health Visiting team and have a tea, coffee and chat with the other mums that attend.

Please let other parents know and pop in to see us. We look forward to seeing you there!