at Dietitians NZ 75th Jubilee Conference

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The Dietitians NZ Conference held recently in Auckland was a fantastic showcase of the diverse roles a dietitian has in New Zealand today, how far we have come, and what opportunities are open to us in the future.

The Keynote speakers offered variations on this theme, providing unique insights into how the profession can advance. Visiting from the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Dr Alison Steiber’s particular focus was on the importance of cohesive data collection from dietitians at a global scale for the advancement of the profession with accompanying examples of emerging technologies.

Professor Boyd Swinburn, from the University of Auckland, gave a thought-provoking presentation calling for the need to rethink obesity prevention and management. He expressed the need to take a systems-thinking approach to the obesity epidemic. The definition of obesity needs to be broadened to link with under-nutrition, climate change and mental health. Boyd also expressed the need to re-think appropriate food systems for the 21st century with more engaged communities with dietitians in a central position with respect to clinical practice.

Nadia Lim, from My Food Bag, spoke on her career journey to date, providing insights into the highs and lows of her diverse roles.

In the Hot Topics Sessions, presentations on Easy meals with vegetables and The cooking curriculum project were extremely well received. Attendees enthusiastically visited the stand to see the videos and resources for the Easy Mealswith vegetables ,and others from the suite of resources available on the website. There were plenty of accolades for stakeholders providing high quality, evidence-based and peer-reviewed resources.


PHOTO: Nada Lim, My Food Bag, and Deb Sue, Nutrition and Quality Manager, Countdown and daughter of a Pukekohe Grower.

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