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Links and Resources

The Birmingham Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service produce and recommend a number of key resources. The main resources can be found below, some under subject-specific headers. Further down the page you’ll find some great links to recommended websites with good quality, evidence based patient information on a number of topics and health conditions.

NHS Choices have teamed up with the British Dietetics Association to bring you this 12-week weight loss guide.  It will help you to develop healthier eating habits, be more active and get on track to start losing weight. 

Food Net produce fantastic, easy to cook recipes, that have been tried and enjoyed by community groups in Birmingham. Click on the recipes page to see them.

The Guidelines for Food and Health are a key resource for health professionals across Birmingham, click on the Guidelines for Food and Health page to view them.

All our Referral forms and associated documents can be downloaded from here.


Maternal Nutrition resources

For an overview of dietary advice during pregnancy please use the following resources: the Healthy Eating in Pregnancy Leaflet and the  Healthy Eating Checklist .

There is more detailed advice in the following leaflets: Iron, Calcium and Coping with Sickness in Pregnancy. These leaflets ( apart from the Healthy Eating in Pregnancy leaflet) are also available in Arabic, Bengali, French, Polish, Punjabi, Somali, and Urdu.

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For breastfeeding women the leaflet on Tips for a Healthy Diet is available here.

The latest copy of Maternal Nutrition Matters newsletter is available here.

Nutrition Support resources
There are a number of guidelines available below to help you deliver the best possible nutritional care in the community. If you have any questions about these guidelines, please contact us at Priestley Wharf. 

The Home Enteral Feeding Guidelines will be available for download soon, but in the meantime please contact us at Priestley Wharf, Tel: 0121 683 2300 for a copy.  You can find a copy of the Enteral Feeding Approved Ancillaries List here.

You can find our Nutrition and COPD leaflet here. If you would like to order copies of this leaflet please contact LG Davies on 0121 430 9000.

Advice on Prescribing Oral Nutritional Supplements for Alcohol and Substance Misusers can be downloaded here

The following links are available to give ideas for boosting calorie intake for people who have a poor appetite or who are trying to gain weight. 
Food Boosters

Increase the Calories

Nourishing Drinks

Boosting the calories recipe adaptation ideas

Milk Shake Recipe

Palliative Care Nutrition

Dysphagia Snack Recipes

Soft Diet Leaflet

Pureed Diet Leaflet

Non-cows Milk Nourishing Drinks

Care Home On-going Weight Loss Resource

Recommended websites


The website for the Start4life campaign – lots of tips for breastfeeding, weaning, preventing fussy eating and promoting active toddlers


This site provides information for those diagnosed with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis (DH)

Healthy Start

Information on the national Healthy Start scheme for pregnant women and children


NHS Choices:Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Information on all aspects of pregnancy and breastfeeding for members of the public and health professionals. 

British Dietetic Association

The BDA is the professional association for dietitians.

Nutrition Society

The Nutrition Society is the voluntary professional body for nutritionists.

Birmingham Walk 2000

A collection of 2km and 5km walks all over Birmingham

Exercise on Prescription

Exercise on Prescription aims to help people to become more healthy by increasing their physical activity.

Health Exchange

A project in the Heart of Birmingham aiming to make health services available and accessible to all members of our community.

Birmingham City Council

The City Council’s main website. Details of things to do and leisure facilities.


The website for the Change4Life campaign – lots of healthy living tips for families.

The Eatwell Guide

The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each good group to achieve a health balanced diet. 


Top tips for eating more fruit and vegetables

Diabetes UK

Diabetes UK is the largest organisation in the UK working for people with diabetes, funding research, campaigning and helping people live with the condition.

British Heart Foundation

Charity fighting heart and circulatory disease. The BHF funds research, education and life-saving equipment and helps heart patients.

School Food Trust

The Trusts remit is to transform school food and food skills, promote the education and health of children and young people and improve the quality of food in schools.

British Nutrition Foundation

This site provides healthy eating information, resources for schools, news items, recipes and details of the work BNF undertake around the UK/EU.

Food a Fact of Life

Food - a fact of life provides a progressive approach to teaching about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming from 3 to 16 years. This site provides a wealth of free resources to stimulate learning, ensuring that consistent and up-to-date messages are delivered.

Healthy Schools

The website of the National Healthy Schools Initiative

Birmingham Allotments

Page on the City Council’s website detailing everything you need to know about getting an allotment in Birmingham.

Great Grub Club

Interactive healthy eating site for children from the World Cancer Research Fund


The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition


The National Nurses Nutrition Group


The Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition group of the BDA.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health

The Ismaili

This site provides information on traditional foods of African, Central and South Asian, and Middle Eastern origin.

What does the colour of your fruit and veg tell you?

Interesting and fun blog piece about the colourful clues to the health benefits to be found in different types of food.