CYPRUS

AS PART OF OUR COMMITMENT TO THE HEALTH AND CARE OF THE BRITISH FORCES CYPRUS COMMUNITY SSAFA PROVIDES TWO REGISTERED DIETITIANS TO ALLEVIATE DIET AND NUTRITION ISSUES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY

WHAT IS A DIETITIAN?

Registered Dietitian’s (RDs) are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level.

CAN'T ANYONE BE A DIETITIAN?

No, the term dietitian is a protected title. In order to be a registered dietitian you must have an Honours Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. Most dietitians have studied for at least 4 years at university to achieve this qualification. The media sometimes get confused between a nutritionist and a dietitian. Dietitian’s are the only nutrition professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard.

The dietitian’s services are available to you.  You may choose to see a dietitian if:

  • You want to lose weight
  • You want to gain weight
  • You are a parent, worried about your child’s eating habits 
  • You want to improve your sporting performance, through diet.
  • You have a specific clinical condition which is treated by diet, for example, Diabetes, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBS, Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome or Disordered Eating.

HOW TO BE REFERRED?

Any health care professional can refer you to the dietitian.

Once you have been referred, you will be allocated a clinic appointment lasting an hour.

During your appointment the dietitian will assess your health and lifestyle and identity if dietary adaptations would make an improvement to your health. 

Together, you will agree goals, which should see an improvement in your condition.  Your treatment will be supported by advice leaflets and diet sheets.  Your progress will be regularly reviewed.

Clinics are held at Dhekelia, Episkopi and Akrotiri

WHAT OTHER WORK DOES THE DIETITIAN GET INVOLVED IN?

The dietitian liaises closely with health professionals and other agencies, and provides an expert advisory and support service.  This ensures a professional and co-ordinated approach to Nutrition and Dietetics across BFC.

This partnership work includes:

  • Health Zones with our Health Visitors to provide information to parents around healthy eating
  • Recipe development.
  • Working in partnership to providing healthy eating updates to groups
  • Training of key individuals, such as medical personnel, food service providers and PTI.

 

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