And dietitians from NHS Dumfries and Galloway have been getting involved and spreading the health message.
There are 24 dietitians and support staff working in the NHS across the region providing advice, support and guidance in hospitals, clinics, and patients’ own homes.
They interpret evidence based nutritional guidelines into practical terms to help manage and treat a range of complex health conditions including diabetes, food allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s, coeliac disease, eating disorders, malnutrition and kidney failure.
Dietitians work across a variety of specialist areas, for example mental health, paediatrics, diabetes, weight management, kidney disorders, gastroenterology and artificial tube feeding/intravenous nutrition.
Gastroenterology dietitian Gemma Whannel explained more about her job: “I work with a wide range of people advising on many dietary issues, e.g. gluten free diets for coeliac disease, or providing advice on dietary changes to alleviate symptoms of IBS.
“Every patient is unique, so the advice I provide is tailored to their needs. It gives me great satisfaction to know that I am helping someone and improving their quality of life.”
She added: “In a world of mixed nutritional messages and fad diets, our aim as dietitians is to ensure our patients and service users are well-informed about the most up to date, evidence based nutritional guidance to enable them to make good choices and stay as healthy as possible.”
Further information can be found at www.bda.uk.com. If you would like to seek advice from a dietitian speak with your GP or healthcare provider.