Dietary Assessment Should Be Included In Routine Health Check-ups – Health Experts Recommend

Healthy eating and healthy living go hand-in-hand. A wholesome and nutritious diet is known to be good for overall well-being. Hence, experts always advise keeping a check on what we eat on a regular basis. Echoing the same thought, a team of nutrition and cardiovascular disease experts recently stated that in today’s world, people should include dietary assessment and counselling in their routine health check-ups regimes. This statement, issued by the American Heart Association and was published in the association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

“Dietary patterns and quality are not sufficiently prioritised when addressing modifiable risk factors during regular healthcare office visits. Given the evidence that diet contributes to disease and mortality, it is a risk factor worth screening for continuously,” said Maya Vadiveloo, Ph.D., RD, chair of the statement writing group and assistant professor of nutrition and health sciences in the College of Health Science at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island.

A report in ANI further stated that a 2017 Global Burden of Disease study found that poor-quality diet led to 11 million deaths and about half of the cardiovascular disease (CVD) deaths globally.

To understand the reason behind why healthcare team do not address diet-related issues during a routine check-up, the experts at American Heart Association listed some points that included lack of training and knowledge, lack of time and reimbursement et al. However, as per Vadiveloo, these barriers can be brought under control with time.

“An important component in addition to evaluating diet quality is targeting actionable changes – helping patients set achievable dietary goals – and then following up at the next visit,” said Alice H. Lichtenstein, D.Sc., vice-chair of the writing group and lead and senior scientist of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Team at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.

As per the researchers, further studies are needed in regard to incorporation of effective dietary screening in routine check-up system.

Tesco and Morrisons cafes cut price of food and drink by 50 percent – full menu included

However, it will match the discounts this month and has launched its own version.

Customers in Tesco cafés will get 50 percent off everything which can be used whether they are dining in or taking away.

Like the government offer, this will be available on Monday to Wednesday.

However, there is no minimum spend which means Tesco shoppers could get huge savings.

The price of a full English breakfast has dropped to just £2.07 and a children’s meal can be picked up for £1.42.



Royal weddings: How Beatrice’s wedding included major change from sister Eugenie’s wedding

Princess Beatrice married her beau Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a small, private wedding in the grounds of the royal Windsor Estate. Unlike her sister Princess Eugenie, who married Jack Brooksbank in 2018, Beatrice married away from the public eye in a ceremony thought to be attended by only 20 people. But the difference between the sizes of Beatrice and Eugenie’s ceremonies is not the only point of comparison between the two royal weddings.

Princess Eugenie married at St George’s Chapel Windsor back in 2018, with the wedding televised and watched by millions worldwide.

Eugenie wore a bespoke wedding dress for the occasion, designed by Peter Pilotto.

By royal standards, Eugenie’s grand and very public wedding fit all of the usual criteria of a traditional royal wedding.

But in comparison, Princess Beatrice’s wedding was far less traditional than the weddings of previous royal brides.

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The Queen always lends royal brides a tiara from her personal collection for their big day.

As the Queen’s granddaughter, Beatrice opted to wear the Queen Mary Fringe tiara.

Being allowed to wear the tiara was a huge honour for Beatrice, as it was also the tiara the Queen wore when she married Prince Philip in 1947.

The tiara has only been worn by one other royal, the Queen’s daughter Princess Anne, when she married Captain Mark Phillips in 1973.



Eat Out to Help Out: Is alcohol included in restaurant discount scheme?

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme will allow people to eat out half price in August, in an effort to boost the struggling sector. Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the move in his so-called mini-Budget on Wednesday, July 8, in which he laid out plans to help Britain’s economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Sunak said the plan aimed to get “customers back into restaurants, cafes and pubs” while “protecting the 1.8million people who work in them”.

Is alcohol included in the restaurant discount scheme?

Under the scheme, people who dine out from Monday to Wednesday in August will receive a 50 percent discount on the price of their meals, up to the value of £10 per person.

This means that a family of four dining out can save £40 on a meal worth £80.

The rest of the bill is subsidised by the Government in an effort to help restaurants and bars.

The scheme is aimed at encouraging more people to go out and eat out more often, to keep pubs, restaurants and cafes afloat after more than three months of being closed.

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Announcing the move, the Chancellor said: “This moment is unique. We need to be creative.

“To get customers back into restaurants, cafes and pubs, and protect the 1.8million people who work in them, I can announce today that, for the month of August, we will give everyone in the country an Eat Out to Help Out discount.”

The Eat Out to Help Out discount does not apply to alcohol, even as part of a bill that includes food.

However, the scheme does include discounts for soft drinks.

Businesses wanting to get involved will need to register on the Government’s website before being able to advertise and offer the discount.

The discount applies in any business that serves food, and has signed up.

It does not matter whether the restaurant in question belongs to a large chain of brands or is an independent business.

The discount only applies to eating out, and cannot be used for takeaways.

The move, which Mr Sunak described as being in “support of restaurants and the people who work in them”, is expected to boost the UK’s hospitality sector, which is worth £130billion and is the third largest employer in the country, representing nine percent of jobs in the UK.

Russell Nathan, senior partner at accountancy firm HW Fisher, said: “Our restaurants, pubs, shops and hotels are struggling.

“This is a timely announcement from the Government as businesses are in desperate need of a clear action plan.

“It is vital we see the hospitality industry back up and running, and these measures announced today will provide an essential lifeline for many UK businesses.”