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Dietitians urge public to seek safe nutrition advice

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With the number of registered practicing dietitians in New Zealand at an all-time high, Dietitians NZ and its members are taking a stand in ensuring the public know where to turn for reliable and safe nutrition advice.

There are currently 672 on the Dietitians Board register who are passionate in helping New Zealanders receive the best dietary treatment possible, but many are frustrated with the myriad of self-acclaimed nutrition experts and inaccurate online information, which is confusing the public and putting them at risk of harm.

Dietitian, Lea Stening who works in private practice is seeing more cases than ever where people have been led astray by taking advice from unqualified sources.

"It is disheartening when dietitians are left to pick up the pieces from patients who have sought guidance with good intentions to improve their health, but often come out the other side worse off, from a misguided experience. But, it is very rewarding to help people redevelop a positive relationship with food again."

Dietitians NZ Chair, Claire Tahu emphasises there is a huge opportunity to grow public awareness on where to seek individualised evidence-based dietary advice.

"Our organisation is committed to raising the profile of a profession of nutrition experts who are bound by law to keep their patients safe, and equipped to support New Zealanders in their healthy eating journeys, hence the establishment of Dietitians Day."

September 19 marks Dietitians Day, a campaign that aims to amplify the voices of dietitians as a credible source of nutrition information, in an environment where there is an abundance of nutrition misinformation from unqualified sources.

The 2017 theme centres around pride of the profession, as it celebrates and acknowledges the positive influence dietitians have on the community in the lead up to next year’s Dietitians NZ 75th Jubilee.

To find a dietitian near you, visit www.dietitians.org.nz

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