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Dietitians are qualified and regulated health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level.

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Food Facts

Our Food Fact Sheets are written by dietitians to help you learn the best ways to eat and drink to keep your body fit and healthy.

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Latest articles from BDA members

Five minutes with… Alastair Duncan

Alastair Duncan – the co-chair of the BDA HIV Care Specialist Group – is the UK’s first Consultant Dietitian working in HIV. He tells us how he progressed to the role.

A new competency and skills framework for dietitians working in HIV care

Alice Pugliese introduces an updated competency framework from the BDA HIV Care Specialist Group during its 30th anniversary year.

Histamine intolerance and the low histamine diet

Chloe Hall discusses the challenges faced by those with histamine intolerance and how we can help to support our patients.

How dietitians can bring hope and better health to people with ADHD

Using an anonymised case study, Dr Stephanie Fade explains how dietitians can contribute to the care of people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Exploring diet quality with people living with severe mental illness

Steph Sloan, Dr Emma Giles, and Jo Smith discuss their work exploring diet quality in people living with severe mental illness via a Public and Patient Involvement and Experience workshop.

Kyle Kennedy elected as BDA Student Rep 2023/24

A big congratulations to Glasgow Caledonian University student Kyle Kennedy, who has been elected as the new BDA Student Rep. We asked Kyle why he applied for the role and how he hopes to champion the voice of Dietetic students over the next year.

It’s time for dietitians to upskill on sustainability, at speed

Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. The BDA Sustainable Diets Group is holding an event to show what we can all do.

Strictly sports nutrition

Dr Alan Kennedy speaks to Alissa Nehrlich about her career providing sports nutrition consultancy to professional dancers.

Fuelling Rainbows

Dr Alan Kennedy spoke to dietitian James Moran about his work with the Norwegian Men’s Cycling Team ahead of the UCI Cycling World Championships which took place this month.


Latest news

Welcoming Debbie McGugan, our new Northern Ireland Board Chair

Debbie McGugan is the new Chair of the BDA’s Northern Ireland Board. We wanted to congratulate Debbie and find out more about her and her plans for the role.

AHP Support Workers Awareness Week 2023

It's AHP Support Workers Awareness Week 2023. We, along with a coalition of 13 other AHP professional bodies, want to further celebrate and recognise our support staff.

Eating, drinking and ageing well – a new BDA resource for older people

A healthy eating resource has been developed to highlight new evidence and a more age-appropriate message around food and nutrition for older adults.

Introducing our new First Contact Dietitians Specialist Group

As part of our continued commitment to provide excellent membership value, we are delighted to be launching the brand-new First Contact Dietitians Specialist Group!

Meals on Wheels service ‘heading for UK-wide collapse’

The BDA supports the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) call for urgent Governmental intervention in the wake of a report showing Meals on Wheels services on the brink of collapse.

Trade Union backs calls to end child poverty at TUC

The BDA Trade Union worked with other unions at this year’s Trades Union Congress (TUC) on motions to improve child health and the wider NHS.

Let’s not forget about science in education

Science was notably missing from Rishi Sunak’s recent proposal for a post 16 education shake up. Maths and English were considered high priority subjects but we argue that science is just as vital a skill.

Black History Month 2023

The BDA is celebrating Black History Month this October. The theme is "Saluting our Sisters" and as 91% of the dietetic workforce is female this is a brilliant opportunity to highlight the work of Black female dietitians.

Celebrating six years of AHPs' Day

As the third-largest clinical workforce within health and care, AHPs play a pivotal role in supporting the NHS Long-Term Plan. AHPs' Day is an annual occasion for AHPs in England and now internationally to unite and revel in their contribution.