This year, Friday 13 March is ‘Dietitians Day’ in Australia. Now in its second year, Dietitians Day is an opportunity to celebrate dietetics and promote research and education in nutrition.
So, dietitians…who are they? Dietitians, or more accurately, Accredited Practising Dietitians (APDs) are the experts in food and nutrition. APDs integrate multiple human nutrition and social sciences to provide advice on dietary choices for good health and disease prevention, counsel individuals on management of disease with therapeutic diets (especially diabetes and cardiovascular disease), implement and manage nutrition services and programs, develop nutrition programs and policies, and undertake research. APDs are credentialed by the Dietitians Association of Australia – the peak body for dietetic and nutrition professionals in Australia, which represents more than 5,800 members.