Keeping the nation healthy and ‘fit to hasten victory’ was a vital part of the war effort, and it was the job of the Ministry of Health to ensure that the workforce was kept fighting fit. Pamphlets and short films issued by the Ministry of Information highlighted the importance of basic hygiene and healthy eating, both often difficult to maintain in the face of bombed-out streets and rationed food and fuel.
Bombs and ration books notwithstanding, the advice dished out in 1943 holds good today, especially as we enter the 2010 cold and flu season! Eating plenty of fruit and veg is a good start – try the ‘Not Lord Woolton’s Pie’ recipe as featured in Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall’s latest (and excellent!) cookery book, and take a look at this short film for a light-hearted masterclass in how not to sneeze!
Find Jane Fearnley-Whittingstalls book, The Ministry of Food: Thrifty Ways to Feed Your Family Today, and facsimile copies of the 1943 pamphlet How to Keep Well in Wartime in the Imperial War Museum Online Shop.