British Dietetic Association pleased to continue Children’s Food Trust’s legacy

British Dietetic Association pleased to continue Children’s Food Trust’s legacy

28 September 2017

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has been chosen as the preferred organisation to take over two important programmes from the Children’s Food Trust (CFT), which will sadly close its doors at the end of September. The transfer ensures that Let’s Get Cooking and The Learning Network will continue to be delivered, creating a positive legacy for the charity. 

Sian O’Shea, BDA Honorary Chairman and registered dietitian said; “While it is a shame that the Children’s Food Trust will be closing, we are pleased that the British Dietetic Association will be able to carry on the good work of the Trust through these two programmes.

“Promoting healthy eating, cooking skills and nutrition education are all hugely important to the Association. We share the CFT belief that if children eat better, they do better, and we look forward to developing the Let’s Get Cooking programme and providing a continuing home for The Learning Network.”

Linda Cregan, CEO, Children’s Food Trust said: “Over the last 11 years, with the commitment and passion of an amazing team, we have worked tirelessly to get children eating well. We have shared the skills, knowledge and confidence to cook from scratch, helping anyone who provides food for children to do a great job and encouraging industry to help families make better food choices. 

I am really proud of what we have achieved and pleased that the good work we started will continue in some way thanks to the BDA. This is a sad time for all of us at the Trust, but I know our staff will be heartened and reassured that we are leaving our legacy in safe hands.” 

Let’s Get Cooking was first set up in 2007 and has since then reached more than three million people. It is designed to give children the confidence and skills they needed to get hands-on in the kitchen and make healthier food choices throughout their lives. Over 5,000 clubs have run over 235,000 Let’s Get Cooking sessions for children, young people and their families across the UK.

The Learning Network is an online hub of information about providing healthy children’s food. It includes online training courses and is designed for teachers, caterers and early year settings.

BDA Chief Executive Andy Burman, added: “This is a great opportunity for the BDA and our members to be part of this exciting public facing programme and to help continue the great legacy of work that has already been undertaken by the CFT over the past decade.

“This work strongly aligns with the BDA’s strategy of improving the health and well-being of the nation. We are sure that this work will help spread the impact and influence of the dietetic profession and to further strengthen the dietitian’s position in the health and cooking arena.”

National charity Action for Children has been chosen to be the new home for Eat Better, Start Better, which is a programme designed to improve children’s food in early years settings. Action for Children will also become guardians of the Trust’s Voluntary Food and Drink Guidelines for Early Years Settings in England. 

The BDA will make a further announcement on how it intends to take forward the programmes in due course. 

Note for Editors

  • The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for registered dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 9,000 members. 
  • 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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