Dietitians Week 2018
Plans are underway for our fifth Dietitians Week, which will take place between June 4-8 2018.
This year's theme is Dietitians Do Prevention, and we will be highlighting the fantastic work that all dietitians do to prevent illness or optimise health, be that in primary care or acute settings, industry or education. All four nations of the UK have identified improving prevention and public health as key to the ongoing sustainability of health services. We may use different terminology in different areas, but all dietitians do prevention and we need to show how dietitians can play a key role in this important area.
We have taken account of all the feedback received from Dietitians Week 2017 and will be making some improvements and changes to ensure 2018 is bigger and better than ever before:
- Bigger Dietitians Week packs including merchandise for you to hand out.
- More collaboration with partners and influencers to raise dietitians' profile.
- An even bigger presence on social media, with an improved and more accessable social media pack.
This is just some of what we have planned for the week so come back to these webpages for more info, and keep an eye on our social media accounts for updates.
Plan for the week
This plan will be updated with more information as we get closer to the week. Each day has a different focus, looking at a different aspect of prevention.
Recovery and Mental Health: Diet and nutrition can play a key role in both preventing and managing mental ill health. Good nutrition and hydration can also help aid recovery and prevent relapse.
Rehab and Reablement: Dietitians provide rehabilitation to people who have been unwell (such as after an operation or having a stroke). Support from a Dietitian can provide symptom relief, reduce risks of further illness and prevent admissions to hospital.
Public Health and Primary Prevention: Good nutrition and hydration is fundamental to good health. Dietitians help the public at large to stay healthy which helps prevent illness and diet related conditions such as malnutrition or obesity.
Optimisating Health and Secondary Prevention: For people who have a health condition, like diabetes or dementia, support from a dietitian can provide symptom relief, prevent complications and optimise quality of life.
Healthy Conversations and Making Every Contact Count: Dietitians don't just discuss diet and nutrition when they do prevention, they discuss related issues that impact on health like exercise, smoking and social factors. Dietitians can then signpost people to where they can access further help for these non-dietary issues.
One of the main ways you can take part in Dietitians Week 2018 is on Social Media, using the hashtags #DietitiansWeek and #DietitiansDoPrevention. We'll be adding lots of content for you to share on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram below as we get closer to the week.
Remember, you can access our Social Media guidance "Making sense of Social Media" at any time for plenty of good advice and tips.
What did we do last year?
- Overall member feedback was very positive with the “Evidence and Expertise” theme very well received. Key feedback included: "Excellent to raise the profile of the profession", "Perfect just what we needed as dietitians", "Great and very fitting with the stories in the media to dispel the myths".
- Overall social media impact was up significantly on 2016 with 5,027 uses of the #DietitiansWeek hashtag across all platforms (compared with just 764 in 2016).
- On Facebook there were 899,000 impressions over the week, with 14,260 engagements (comments, likes, and shares), 1,550 link clicks, and 1,284 additional page likes (compared to just 46 in 2016).
- On Twitter, we had 203,000 impressions across the week, with 6,042 separate engagements (comments, likes, and retweets).