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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

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.

How can a dietitian help to support those with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome?

Dietitian Chloe Hall looks at what Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS) is, what causes it and how dietitians can help to treat it.

Aspartame – safe or carcinogenic? Should dietitians recommend sweeteners?

Dr Duane Mellor takes a deeper look at aspartame, which has made the headlines in the last week as a 'possible cancer risk'.

Addressing sarcopenia

Linia Patel looks at the role of nutrition in the prevention of sarcopenia.

Is cholesterol the forgotten biomarker in managing cardiovascular risk in children with type 1 diabetes?

Wendy Frost reports on an audit amongst children with type 1 diabetes carried out with the aim of identifying those who are potentially more at risk of cardiovascular disease.

NHS Tayside Weight Management Service launches a series of short films for patients

This week we’re celebrating Dietitians Week and in this blog, we recognise the work of NHS Tayside Weight Management Services, who have developed their first-ever NHS Tayside bespoke educational support videos for their patients.


Latest news

Oral nutritional supplements – a packaging minefield

Ruth Chalke, prescribing support dietitian at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, explains the challenges in improving sustainability in packaging for oral nutritional supplements, in this month’s Dietetics Today.

Join us on our journey to 20,000 satisfied members

Over the past few months, the BDA has been developing a new Strategic Plan that covers our three and ten year ambitions and commitments from 2024. We now need YOUR input and are consulting you on what this strategy contains.

Tackling food waste

With food prices on the rise and 74% of households citing food costs as a cause for concern within their household budget it has never been more important to make the most of the food we are buying. In addition to costs, the environmental impact of throwing away food is also huge.

Let’s Get Cooking… Beans and Pulses!

Jo Lewis, Director of Partnerships at the BDA talks about a brand new project with Birmingham City Council, promoting the use of beans and pulses as part of Sustainable September.

Sustainable September 2023

Every year we celebrate Sustainable September, promoting the benefits – to health and the planet – of a sustainable diet. For this year’s campaign we are looking at the savings that can be made by living and working more sustainably, from saving money but ultimately saving the planet!

Updated nutrition standards and guidance for healthcare food service

The third edition of the British Dietetic Association’s Nutrition and Hydration Digest highlights the need for environmental sustainability and new protein targets for nutritionally vulnerable patients.

National recognition for BDA campaigns and learning resources

The BDA is a finalist at this year’s Memcom Excellence Awards and the Association Excellence Awards, in no less than four categories!

Award winning dietitian has an audience with Her Majesty Queen Camilla

Joseph Cox, Dietitian at Powys Teaching Health Board got a chance of a lifetime this July, meeting HM Queen Camilla and even getting to talk to her about dietetics!

Getting noticed on Instagram – BDA members join successful pilot

From 20 March – 4 May, a group of 42 members completed our brand new course “Getting noticed on Instagram”, which was specifically designed to support our members to become more comfortable with this channel.