Love Your Gut is a nationwide initiative, dedicated to highlighting the vital role of the digestive system and the importance of maintaining good gut health. It has been estimated that around 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at any one time1. The Love Your Gut initiative also incorporates Love Your Gut Week, the annual digestive health awareness campaign.
Love Your Gut and Love Your Gut Week are initiatives of Yakult UK Limited, in association with Core, Bowel & Cancer Research, St Mark’s Hospital Foundation, The IBS Network, Bowel Disease Research Foundation and the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology.
In Ireland the campaign is supported by The Irish Society for Colitis & Crohn’s Disease, the Irish Practice Nurses Association and the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute.
About the partners:
Guts UK charity (formerly Core) is the only national charity that fights all diseases that affect the gut, liver or pancreas – collectively known as ‘digestive diseases’. We provide evidence-based information to patients, support important medical research, and work to raise awareness of these conditions.
Bowel & Cancer Research funds scientific and clinical research to save lives and improve the quality of life of individuals with bowel cancer and other bowel conditions. We support ways that involve the public in the design and delivery of research and work to raise awareness of bowel cancer and other bowel diseases to improve people’s knowledge of symptoms and break down taboos.
St Mark’s Hospital Foundation supports the work of St. Mark’s Hospital in Harrow, the world’s first specialist bowel hospital, founded over 180 years ago. The Foundation raises money to fund vital research, education and training, as we fight for a future free from the fear of bowel disease.
The IBS Network is the national charity supporting people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Our mission is to provide information, advice and support and to work alongside health care professionals to facilitate self-care.
The Bowel Disease Research Foundation funds high quality, practical research, which improves treatment and survival rates for bowel disease patients across the UK. Founded by some of the country’s leading colorectal surgeons, in recent years we have committed over £3 million to support research into all forms of bowel disease – principally bowel cancer and IBD, as well as conditions like faecal incontinence.
The Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology is the voice of primary care gastroenterology, a voice that is listened to by those making decisions which affect primary care. Our mission is to promote primary care gastroenterology. We believe that education, clinical excellence and research are essential and the opportunities to contribute to health care immense.
Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) was founded in 1958 and is the professional organisation for dietitians in Ireland, representing over 700 members who work in many areas of healthcare.
Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease (ISCC) is a patient support group for people who are living with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease (collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD), also their families and friends.
Irish Practice Nurses Association (IPNA) is a professional membership association of Practice Nurses. The main objective of the association is the advancement of education in general practice in Ireland.
For more information on the Love Your Gut initiative or Love Your Gut Week campaign, please call +44 (0)20 8839 3258 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Dr Anton Emmanuel, consultant gastroenterologist at University College Hospital in London – source NHS Choices.