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Week will bring healthy lifestyles into focus

Swindon Advertiser: Rebecca Jewell, left, and Lindsey Ratledge, a Macmillan oncology dietitian, raising awareness of the week’s events Rebecca Jewell, left, and Lindsey Ratledge, a Macmillan oncology dietitian, raising awareness of the week’s events

HEALTHY eating and the work of dietitians across Swindon to set residents on a more wholesome path will be at the centre of a large awareness campaign next week.

From Monday, June 9, to Friday, 13 June, experts at the Great Western Hospital will promote better living and their role in improving the health of the town to mark the first Dietitians Week led by the British Dietetic Association.

As part of the week of action launched under the Trust a Dietitian campaign, a series of workshops and events will take place in town to encourage Swindonians to embrace a more adjusted diet.

Rebecca Jewell, community dietitian at Great Western Hospital, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to engage with the public and raise awareness about our role in the community and in hospitals.

“We work hard to help people make dietary changes to prevent and treat a range of nutrition-related diseases, many of which have become high profile in recent years such as malnutrition, obesity and diabetes.”

GWH’s dietitians run clinics and offer a range of group sessions for patients to promote behaviour change, covering areas such as cardiac rehabilitation, coeliac disease, weight management and diabetes.

The week will launch with a Thinking Weight workshop. Dietitians will be on hand to help people understand their daily intake.

They will also offer advice on realistic weight loss.

All activities and displays will be held in the main atrium reception at GWH. More information on the website at www.gwh.nhs.uk

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