“A Healthier Future” – Does it need to go further to recognise the important role of AHPs?

AHPs across health and social care.

Healthier FutureOn 26th October 2017 the Scottish Government released its long awaited consultation on a future Diet and Obesity Strategy for Scotland. There had been a lot of encouraging talk in the run up to its publication about how it would go further than the underwhelming childhood obesity launched by the Westminster Government in August 2016. On the whole, it seems it has met our expectations, but there was one noticeable absence – any mention of Dietitians or other Allied Health Professionals.

We believe dietitians have a central role to play as nutrition and diet experts in promoting healthy eating messages and promoting increased physical activity, utilising holistic approaches and behaviour change techniques alongside other AHP colleagues to help people to reach or maintain a healthy weight.

It’s positive that the government is committing to invest in weight management interventions for 95,000 people over the next five years. However…

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