BDA Ambassador of the Year Announced11 June 2015
The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is pleased to announce that dietitian and BDA members, Alison Nelson, has been named BDA Ambassador of the Year.
The announcement is being made during Dietitians Week (8-12 June 2015) which is organised by the BDA and is a week the highlights and celebrates the work of the dietetic profession and the impact it has on the health of the nation. For more information about Dietitians Week, please go to www.DietitiansWeek.com.
The BDA, founded in 1936, is the professional association for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 8,000 members. The BDA is also an active trade union.
Speaking about being awarded this honour, BDA Ambassador of the Year, Alison Nelson, said:
“I am really honoured to be the BDA Ambassador of the Year. Dietitians have a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge that are important in influencing clinical and public health policy. The profession has a vital voice that should be heard in shaping these policy areas. The BDA needs to be able to draw on a wide range of skilled dietitians, working in a variety of specialist fields, to speak to our profession both in areas of national nutrition/dietetic policy and to ensure that nutritional health is always considered as part of wider health policy.
“Being a BDA Ambassador is an interesting role. As a representative of your profession it helps you to understand the range of different views and opinions that determine important health policy. You will learn a lot and build skills in negotiation and influencing at a regional and national level. The BDA needs more Ambassadors to help the profession’s voice be heard and to widen influence at policy level. All experienced dietitians should consider becoming a BDA Ambassador.”
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Notes to the Editor
- Visit the BDA website at www.bda.uk.com.
- 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.