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Dietitians Week 2015

Thank you Thank you Thank you!  We had an amazing Dietitians Week


Dietitians Week (8-12 June 2015), was led by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and provided a fantastic opportunity to promote the profession nationally and even globally. We created a week full of activities and events to highlight the value of dietitians and their work.


The week included a range of national awareness raising and political events throughout the UK which promoted the profession and the impact of dietetic practice on the health of the nation.


Dietitians Week was established as part of Trust a Dietitian, the latest BDA campaign, which highlights the work and worth of dietitians and the dietetic profession in the UK. The world’s first Dietitians Week took place last year: 9-13 June 2014.


It demonstrates and promotes the great variety of roles within the profession and the significant impact dietitians have on public health


Trust a Dietitian has and continues to equip BDA members with tools and resources to help them promote their services and the impact of these services.


In addition, it is hoped that the information that comes from Trust a Dietitian, and indeed Dietitians Week, will help drive demand for dietetic services. What sits at the heart to the campaign is the promotion of dietitians as the “absolute gold standard” when it comes to food and nutrition expertise.


The BDA is very proud to be involved in such an amazing awareness week as Dietitians Week, which is dedicated solely to the dietetic profession. This project has been a really exciting product of Trust a Dietitian.


Speaking about Dietitians Week, BDA Chairman-elect, Dr. Fiona McCullough, said:


BDA Chairman-elect Dr Fiona McCullough

BDA Chairman Dr Fiona McCullough

“Following on from the tremendous success of last year’s Dietitians Week, I am extremely thrilled and delighted that we are doing it all over again in 2015. Once again, this will be an exciting and unique way in which to highlight the value and impact of the dietetic profession all around the UK.


“I sincerely hope, and am confident, that BDA members and our valued partners will once again step up to the plate for what is sure to be another fantastic Dietitians Week.


“You only have to look online, switch on the television or pick up a newspaper to see just how many people out there are claiming to be food and nutrition experts. The nutrition ‘noise’ that surrounds us is so loud, with mixed food and nutrition messaging, ranging from the indifferent, to ridiculous, to the downright dangerous. Dietitians Week is the perfect opportunity for us to shout loud and proud about our work, and the work of the wider profession, and lay claim to the accolade of being the absolute “Gold Standard” when it comes to food and nutrition professionals.


“I hope you enjoy Dietitians Week.”





Adding his support, BDA Chief Executive, Andy Burman, added:



BDA Chief Executive, Andy Burman

“I think it fair to say everyone was stunned by the response to our very first Dietitians Week: the response from the membership around the world was fantastic and it really embraced the vision we had for promoting the work of Dietitians. Other organisations certainly commented on how well it had been received and I believe this is going to become established as one of the major parts of our engagement strategy for years to come. The question is: what will you be doing for Dietitians Week 2015?

The BDA office and Council alone cannot deliver this, it is down to you as members, Groups and Departments to seize the initiative and show what you are doing locally to make a difference. 2015 will see a new Government, new challenges and (almost certainly) even more difficulties in our struggle to improve the nation’s health. However what everyone around the UK wants to hear is the good news, that there are answers to the problems and solutions to the challenges we face in improving the nation’s diet and improving health outcomes. We know that Dietitians can be part of the answer and part of the solution – we just need to make sure people hear it around the UK. This is where you come in. We can provide you with ideas, resources and tools. You just tell us what you plan to do, when and where. Tell us how it went, tweet about it, send us photos, help us shout about it. If you need any more inspiration, just follow the link to see the photos from 2014 and what BDA members got up to.


Enjoy yourselves and be proud to be a Dietitian!”





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