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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 and useful websites and documents can be found below, some under subject-specific headers. There are some great links to recommended websites with good quality, evidence based patient information on a number of topics and health conditions.

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

Maternal Health
Early years and school age

Paediatric Leaflets
Healthy eating and weight loss
Physical activity
Gastroenterology and bowel health 
Heart disease
Malnutrition (Nutrition Support, Local MUST information and Enteral feeding tube advice sheets for nurses)
Other websites and useful information 

Maternal Health

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.

Please click below:

Patient information video for dietary advice for diabetes during pregnancy

Health Eating in Pregnancy with Diabetes

Low GI Snack Ideas

Diabetes UK - Managing your diabetes during pregnancy

Diabetes UK - Gestational Diabetes dietary advice

Perinatal Institute - Diabetes Leaflets

Carbs & Cals - Gestational Diabetes

NHS Choices:Pregnancy and Breastfeeding 

NHS Pregnancy

NHS Breastfeeding

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

Early years and school age    

Information on reflux in babies

Helpful videos for parents and carers of children with fussy eating                                

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

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.
School Food Trust 

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.

Food a Fact of Life

Fhe website of the National Healthy Schools Initiative

Healthy Schools

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

Great Grub Club

Paediatric Leaflets

Bottle to Cup

Childhood Behavioural Feeding

Dental Care on Oral Nutritional Supplements

Diet and Autism

Does My Child Need a Vitamin and Mineral Supplement

Food Diary

Fussy Eating

Healthier Ways to Help your Child Gain Weight

Snacks to Help Your Child Gain Weight 

Increasing Iron Intake

Managing and Preventing Constipation

Secondary Lactose Intolerance

Texture Leaflets

Bite and Dissolve

Fork Mashed

Smooth Mashed

Soft Easy to Chew

Thick Puree

Thin Puree

Healthy Eating and Weight loss 

The Change for Life website

The NHS choices website healthy living page.

National Public Health Lifestyles website – One You.

Commercial weight loss support groups, such as Weight Watchers, Slimming World. 

British Dietetic Association weight loss website

British Heart foundation A in depth guide to weight loss 

12 week weight loss plan

NHS Choices 

A family approach to a healthy lifestyle

Weight Concern:

Useful apps:

- Change4life Smart recipes

- Change4Life food scanner

- My fitness pal

- One you Easy meals

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


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

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

Weight loss surgery

Physical activity  


Walking for health

British heart foundation

Check local councils websites for local leisure centers activities. 

A collection of 2km and 5km walks all over Birmingham
Birmingham Walk 2000

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

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

Gastroenterology and bowel health 

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



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

Diabetes UK

Useful BCHC Diabetes resources:

BCHC Glycaemic Index

BCHC sources of carbohydrate eatwell guide

10g Carbohydrate Portion List

Heart disease

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

British Heart Foundation 

Malnutrition (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

Puree diet IDDSI level 4

Moist diet IDDSI level 5

Bite-sized diet IDDSI level 6

Soft Diet Leaflet

Non-cows Milk Nourishing Drinks

Care Home On-going Weight Loss Resource

Nutrition Nurse resources are under construction, please contact the team for more information on 0121 683 2300.

Other websites and useful information 

The BDA is the professional association for dietitians:
British Dietetic Association 

The Nutrition Society is the voluntary professional body for nutritionists:
Nutrition Society 

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: 
British Nutrition Foundation 

The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition:

The National Nurses Nutrition Group:

The Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition group of the BDA:

NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health:
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 

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

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

Vitamin D and COVID Resource Leaflet