New Scottish health and wellbeing event comes to Dunfermline!

New Scottish health and wellbeing event comes to Dunfermline!

13 September 2016

Tomorrow, the British Dietetic Association is hosting an exciting new Scottish health and wellbeing event, with 12 of the NHS Health Boards in Scotland being represented at the occasion.

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians (the only legally regulated nutrition professionals) in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,500 members. 

The event titled Dietitians shaping the future of Scotland’s health will bring together the dietetic community, lead agencies and partners, whilst showcasing dietetic practice in Scotland, and celebrating 80 years of the BDA. A prominent line up of dietitians, government advisors and health care professionals, all working across health and social care within Scotland, will map out the future contribution of dietitians in improving Scotland’s health. 

Andy Burman, BDA Chief Executive Officer, said:

“The BDA is proud to support its members across the four nations in hosting events throughout the year in regional locations, developing their professional knowledge and the future of the dietetic profession, which aims to benefit patients, carers and the wider population.

“It is exciting to see a new event like this taking place in Scotland, focusing on the innovative work which so many dietitians in Scotland are leading, with a view to shaping Scotland’s health and wellbeing.”

Dietitians will have the opportunity to learn about pioneering developments from a range of speakers including Robert Packham, Chief Officer for Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership; Jan Beattie, Allied Health Professions Officer for Primary Care in Scottish Government; and Helen McFarlane, Our Voice Programme Director at Scottish Health Council.

Topics, which showcase dietitians as innovators, include: preventing cancer in Scotland; FODMAP’s; and the benefits of dietitians working within dementia care. There will also be a focus on supporting and empowering service users and carers, and promoting dietetic-led workplace health and wellbeing initiatives.  

Find out more about this event


 For more information / interview requests, please contact the BDA Press Office on

0800 048 1714

Notes to the Editor:

  • Visit the BDA website at
  • Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. Uniquely, dietitians use the most up-to-date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices.
  • Dietitians are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Dietitians work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media, public relations, publishing, Non-Government Organisations and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government, local communities and individuals.


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