News from the Japan Dietetic Association
  • Authorized Nutritional-Care Stations

    Recently, in order to ensure that elderly citizens can live out their lives in the local region they are used to and in their own life-style, there has been a growing demand for authorized, comprehensive regional care stations.
    From birth until death, humans face the daily necessity for meals. Even if one is aware of the danger of a variety of life-style related diseases, once a person feels that they are healthy, the joy one finds in a self-chosen diet takes precedence and that will often compromise the prevention of those life-style related diseases. First, it is necessary to take the viewpoint of the necessity to grasp and meet the special needs of the local region, as well as that of the local medical and nursing care fields into consideration. It is equally imperative to construct the facilities required by the registered dietitians and dietitians as they work to provide the necessary dietary support, including shopping, economic, and nursing care support, in cooperation with the support provided by the various medical and nursing staff in the local regions, as well as that provided by the local restaurants, catering businesses and various shops (supermarkets, etc.).
    Accordingly, since 2002, the Japan Dietetic Association has ensured that prominent registered dietitians and dietitians have been participating on a continuous basis in dietary care conducted in the local regions, promoting the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and establishing nutritional-care stations where human resources can be realized. These nutritional-care stations function as bases for the promotion of the establishment of a desirable dietary environment. Located in the offices of the Prefectural Dietetic Association and a number of other locations, these stations function as important bases where the local citizens can easily consult with registered dietitians and dietitians regarding a variety of necessary services.
    Starting in April of this year, we began the program establishing authorized nutritional-care stations in close contact with the local regions. At each of the authorized nutritional-care stations, the staff employed must be registered dietitians and dietitians associated with the Prefectural Dietetic Association concerned. As models for the services offered at the authorized nutritional-care stations, we have studied a number of concepts that closely fit the regional characteristics, including medical and nursing care models (hospitals, clinics, welfare institutions, home-visit nursing stations, etc.), regional development models (enterprise promotion, NPO corporations, universities, etc.), and health promotion models (drug stores, health-related companies, etc.).
    Thus, at the Japan Dietetic Association, we are promoting the construction of authorized nutritional-care stations that offer necessary services and easy access to citizens in the local regions. The aim is for the establishment of independent, profitable business stations.
    Yayoi Tanaka
    Executive director of The Japan Dietetic Association