Role Statement

EFAD ESDN Statement Paper on the Role of the European Dietitian in Public Health

Public Health Dietitians are directly involved in the delivery and development of policies related to public health for nutritional wellbeing and food justice across the life-course for individuals and groups. They advocate for reorienting food and health policies so they address personal and structural factors, in order to enhance health equity. Public health dietitians work across diverse sectors including health and social care, community development, education, NGOs, research, industry and consultancy and training.

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Briefing Paper on the Role of the European Dietitian in Public Health

Public health dietitians may help reduce the number of premature deaths and significantly reduce the burden of preventable diet-related non communicable diseases (NCDs), overweight and all other forms of malnutrition which are strongly influenced by social determinants of health. There is a growing realization that the role of the dietitian in health promotion extends far beyond attention to health behaviors when the wider socioeconomic determinants of health are taken into account. It is from this expanded perspective that a Public Health or Community Dietitian can most effectively contribute to wider policy development.

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