BDA white paper for a healthier workforce

The BDA’s white paper entitled ‘Work Ready Programme: Supporting healthier working lives through dietitian-led wellness initiatives’ identifies how good nutrition and hydration, alongside other healthy habits and good employment practices, keep the UK workforce healthy and productive.

Suzanne Rastrick, NHS England’s Chief Allied Health Professions (AHP) Officer, has encouraged the AHP workforce to engage in the delivery of the initiative.

She explained: “There are a number of challenges to introducing well-being initiatives to an organisation as complicated and vast as the NHS but, as one of the largest employers in the world, we recognise the benefits.

“I want to encourage the NHS to use its dietetic workforce to assist in the delivery of Simon Stevens’ initiative for our organisation and also to recommend that other organisations looking for advice use a dietitian. I believe the Allied Health Professions have among them people with the training and experience to deliver a healthier NHS workforce.”

BDA chairman, Dr Fiona McCullough, said: “UK workers spend a significant amount of time in the workplace, and some organisations are offering information and benefits to their employees to support them in adopting healthier habits.

“Choosing the right source of help and advice can sometimes be a confusing task. Dietitians are the ‘Gold Standard’ when it comes to nutrition and food professionals.”

Read Rastrick’s blog post here

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