Iron Awareness Week 13-19th April

iron deficiencyDietitian’s are urging New Zealanders to take a good look at the foods they choose to make sure that they get enough iron.

Iron deficiency is a common and wide-spread nutritional problem around the world. Women and young children(especially toddlers) are most at risk of deficiency, leaving them tired, irritable and lacking in focus.

In New Zealand, over a third of teenage girls and 8 out of ten toddlers don’t meet the recommended daily intake of dietary iron. A lack of iron can leave people feeling tired and more prone to infection Now going into the cooler months is a good time to focus on boosting dietary intakes.

Dietitian’s are pleased to support World Iron Awareness Week (13-19th April) aiming to raise awareness of the prevalence and symptoms of iron deficiency and what can be done to increase levels.

Anyone concerned about their iron status should see their GP and for specialist dietary advice see a registered Dietitian

For more information you can also see Lea’s article on iron deficiency.

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