Country – New Zealand
This year saw New Zealand dietitians celebrating their first International Dietitians Day with activities varying throughout the country. Supermarket stands with free fruit give-aways, prize-draw related quizzes and posters promoting clinical dietitians in various settings were amongst the highlights.
“My colleagues in the Diabetes in Pregnancy clinic have made a banner and put up balloons in clinic today. We have also had a very inappropriate morning tea! It's been great fun.”
As our augural celebration of this day, Dietitians New Zealand focused on trialling a number of different promotional channels including supermarkets, primary schools and public hospitals. Each region cherry-picked activities and resources from those prepared at the National Office to suit their local environment and team. Media releases were prepared for and picked up by a variety of nutrition and career linked organisations such as hospitals and primary care health services, nutrition related associations such as Diabetes New Zealand and Careers NZ.
Support for the day was encouraging with emails flying into the office throughout the week from dietitians describing the various activities they had underway and the fun they had taking part. From small beginnings in 2013, we hope to learn from our experiences, with planning for 2014 well underway already.
Photo: Fiona Leighton and Michelle Allen manning the dietitians stand at Christchurch Women’s Hospital