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Posted: June 2, 2014

Celebrating the world's first Dietitians Week 9-13 June

Dietitians week

Dietitians at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are coming together to raise awareness of their profession as part of a national campaign.

From 9-13 June they will be celebrating the world's first Dietitians Week led by the British Dietetic Association (BDA).  The week aims to profile the work and value of dietitians; it was established as part of the BDA's Trust a Dietitian campaign to highlight the profession and impact of dietetic practice on the health of the nation.

Activities and events will be taking place throughout the UK, and Trust dietitians in Salisbury, Chippenham, Bath and Swindon will be holding their own activities to mark the week.

What's happening and where?

Great Western Hospital, Swindon

Monday 9 June - Friday 13 June

Dietitians will be on hand from 12pm-2pm in the main entrance at GWH covering a range of topics each day.  They'll be helping people understand their daily intake and looking at achieving a realistic weight loss, information on tackling malnutrition with recipe demonstrations, guidance on meeting the nutritional needs of children with packed lunchbox examples, information on managing long term conditions such as heart disease and diabetes and a Blender Bike where you can cycle and make a blended drink. 

Tuesday 10 June

The dietitians will be holding a special Twitter Q&A on managing obesity and weight loss.  From 3.30pm-4pm join the hospital online and get your questions answered from a professional.  Follow @GWH_NHS and use #AskGWH. You can also tweet your questions in advance or email comms@gwh.nhs.uk.

Chippenham Community Hospital, RUH Bath and St Martins Hospital, Bath

Monday 9 June - Friday 13 June

Every day during from 12pm-1pm dietitians will be on hand at all three sites (in the main entrances) with nutritional guidance and dietary support on a variety of topics.  There will be information on care of the elderly, children and diabetes, cancer care, stroke and bowel health and digestion.  All will have opportunities to ask questions, seek advice and take part in some fun competitions.

Tuesday 10 June

Store Tour will be taking place at Sainsbury's store in Bath Odd Down from 2.30pm-3.30pm.  Members of the public will be able to walk the store with dietitians and ask any questions regarding food and health.  Dietitians will also be dispelling common food myths.

Places on the tour must be booked in advance.  To book onto the tour contact 01225 833916 and leave a message including your name and contact details with Rachel Cooke

Salisbury

Tuesday 10 June

Dietitians will be raising awareness of Dietitians Week and supporting celebrations for Carers Week at Salisbury Medical Practice on Tuesday from 9.30pm-5pm.

Why Dietitians Week is important

Rebecca Jewell, Community Dietitian said:  "We're really looking forward to Dietitians Week and hope the public and our staff will come and join in with our activities.   It's a fantastic opportunity to engage with the public and raise awareness about our role in the community and in hospitals.  We work hard to help people make dietary changes to prevent and treat a range of nutrition-related diseases, many of which have become high profile in recent years such as malnutrition, obesity and diabetes.

"We also work to promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle to the public and that is why the BDA's Trust a Dietitian campaign is so important. Choosing the right person to seek nutritional help and advice from can sometimes be confusing; we want the public to know who we are, what we do and why registered dietitians  are the experts when it comes to nutrition and food professionals."

Find out more about our Dietitians

More information about the Trust's Nutrition and Dietetic Service is available here.

You can also find more information about the British Dietetic Association and Dietitians Week at www.trustadietitian.co.uk 

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