Dietitians Week: BDA and Top Twitter Chat Partnership Announced

Dietitians Week: BDA and Top Twitter Chat Partnership Announced

03 June 2014

The British Dietetic Association (BDA), is pleased to announce it will be partnering with one of the UK’s foremost monthly food and nutrition Twitter ‘chats’ #RDUK during Dietitians Week in June.  Experts will debate meat-free eating, fat facts and nutrition truths/facts.

Dietitians Week, organised by the BDA, runs over the week commencing 9th June 2014 and, in addition to events being organised by the BDA, BDA members are leading well in excess of 100 individual events around the UK from the country of Devon to the Isles of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides (in addition to events happening around the globe)!  Dietitians Week is the world’s first awareness week that profiles to work and value of dietitians.  A full list of Dietitians Week events can be found at

The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association for registered dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 7,000 members. The BDA is also an active trade union.

#RDUK is a monthly moderated Twitter conversation related to the latest headlines, new studies or controversial topics.  The reach of #RDUK is immense, and in February 2014, their Twitter chat reached over 1.5 million people and was trending in the UK for 45-minutes.  The chat is open to anybody and everybody and is run by three dietitians, and BDA members (Emma Carder, Azmina Govindji and Sasha Watkins).  Each month, usually, the first Monday of the month, they cover a food and nutrition topic with invited experts and they encourage interested people to get involved online.

The BDA and #RDUK will be partnering during Dietitians Week to cover the following subjects:

Date: Time: Subject:  
Monday 9 June 2014 1pm – 2pm Meat Free Mondays (in partnership with the McCartney family charity Meat Free Monday)
Tuesday 10 June 2014 8pm – 9pm The Big Fat Debate
Thursday 12 June 2014 8pm – 9pm Nutrition Secrets


Speaking about their involvement in Dietitians Week, #RDUK co-founder and Twitter chat moderator, Emma Carder, said:

“#RDUK is proud to support and participate in the first ever Dietitians Week.  The work and value of dietitians is so important and it is our pleasure to help promote this message to the wider public by hosting three special Twitter chats during this awareness week.”

Adding her voice of support, Sian Porter, Chairman of the BDA’s Communications Board added:

“With so many people online claiming to be ‘experts’ in the field of food and nutrition, it is vital that people have a point of contact where they know that the information being given out and promoted is credible, evidenced-based and founded on solid science, as opposed to personal opinions or people trying to sell you all kinds of products.  #RDUK is that credible point of contact.  They are the real deal!”

If you have any burning questions on the topics being covered during these Twitter chats, then please feel free to drop either the BDA or #RDUK a line at the following places:


@DietitiansWeek / @BrDieteticAssoc / @RDUKChat

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

0800 048 1714


Notes to the Editor:

  • 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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