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International Dietitian’s Day March 11th

Lea on a supermarket tour with cricket academy students,

Lea on a supermarket tour with cricket academy students,

Between what you hear on TV and read in the news, eating right can seem like a real challenge.

But it doesn’t have to be. A registered dietitian can help you weed through the murky waters of nutrition misinformation and provide sound, easy-to-follow nutrition advice.

Ten Things A Dietitian Can Do For You

  1. You have pre-diabetes and want to stave off diabetes. A registered dietitian can teach you skills that will help you lose weight and keep diabetes at bay.
  1. Your community has high levels of obesity. A registered dietitian can work with public health units, government, schools and other local leaders to create policies, set up services and run wellness programmes that promote healthful eating and physical activity for everyone.
  1. You are a marketing manager for a large food company and know consumers’ preference for good-tasting food that is healthy. A registered dietitian can work with food scientists to develop new products that will be successful in the marketplace.
  1. You want to improve your performance in sports.A registered dietitian can help you set goals to achieve results, whether you’re running a marathon, skiing or jogging with your dog.
  1. You have had gastric bypass surgery. Since your stomach can only manage small servings, it’s a challenge to get the right amount of nutrients in your body. A registered dietitian will work with you to develop an eating plan for your new needs.
  2. Your teenager has issues with food and eating healthfully. A registered dietitian can assist with eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and overweight issues.
  1. Your mother, who is increasing in age, wants to stay in her home.A registered dietitian can help provide tips on quick and easy meals for one to prepare at home and can ensure nutritious pre-prepared meals are available within the community.
  1. Your first child is starting to eat solid food and you are concerned they are not eating enough. A registered dietitian can provide guidance and assurance that your infant is getting enough nutrients from their diet.
  1. You have been admitted to hospital and need a gluten-free diet. A registered dietitian can work with the food service staff to ensure varied and appetising gluten-free meals and snacks are available throughout your hospital stay.
  2. You want to eat smarter. A registered dietitian can help you sort through misinformation; learn how to read labels at the supermarket; learn how to cook healthy inexpensive meals, and how to resist workplace temptations.

If you think you could benefit from an appointment with a dietitian, ask your doctor for a referral to one. Alternatively, you can go directly to a private practice dietitian without a referral. To find a private practice dietitian in your area visit www.dietitians.org.nz. or contact us today for an online service

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