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We are what we eat - right?

The food and drink choices we make not only enhance our long term health but also help us feel and function well at work. Eating well during our working life supports us to maintain a healthy weight and stay healthy so that businesses have a reliable workforce who are well enough to do their jobs – and also feel valued, supported and engaged to reach their productive potential.

Food choices influence our mood, energy levels, concentration and even how we deal with stress. They also impact on weight – and maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important modifiable diet and lifestyle related factors in preventing a range of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease related to hypertension and raised blood lipids, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and depression.

25% % of working age population suffering from a long term condition which can be weight-related
10% Up to 10% of sick leave and higher levels of productivity loss at work may be attributed to lifestyle behaviours and obesity.


It is well accepted that organisations benefit from investing in the wellbeing of their employees, and this dietitian-led wellness initiative effects positive behaviour change for a workforce to help improve resilience and mental wellbeing.

A recent estimate from the National Institute of Health & Clinical Excellence showed that a company employing 1000 people, could lose more than £126,000 a year in lost productivity due to obesity alone.

In addition, the costs associated with obesity, back pain and chronic conditions such as depression / anxiety are high. Good nutritional care can improve these conditions and productivity gains are likely to more than offset the costs of implementing interventions. A more detailed demonstration of this can be found in the BDA white paper - see 'Employers' page.


The BDA Work Ready Programme offers bespoke nutritional and wellness services tailored to employers' needs. A 'pick and mix approach' affords businesses the opportunity to choose the level of support that they need as required. Whether it is a full Work Ready Programme or elements of the programme to be combined with existing services, employers can be assured that they are receiving a quality-assured service, soundly based in scientific research and principles, provided by dietitians, specifically trained in workplace nutrition.

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We are the partners that will measure and report change, and assess progress to ensure a programme of continuous improvement.

To find out more about the programme or to book a BDA Work Ready accredited dietitian in your area, contact the BDA Head Office.

Dietitians are statutorily regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), with a protected title and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that they always work to the highest standard. Our accredited members have professional indemnity insurance and have been trained to adapt the BDA Work Ready programme to your industry sector and business needs.

About the BDA and our members

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is the professional body for UK dietitians. Our 8000 members work across public health, clinical and health promotion roles in a variety of settings. The breadth of the profession means that dietitians provide support to meet the nutritional needs for a wide range of population groups. The BDA Chairman has recognised that workplace health programmes benefit employees and employers in the development of a healthier workforce and has nominated workplace health as her theme of office for 2015-2017. Dietitians have a key role in supporting existing workplace health and working with teams in developing workplace programmes to meet identified needs.

Why Trust a Dietitian?

Choosing the right source of help and advice can sometimes be a confusing task. Many people claim to be experts in nutrition yet do not work in an evidenced based way and are unregulated and so offer little protection to the public. Dietitians are the 'Gold Standard' when it comes to nutrition and food professionals. See the main BDA website for more information.

Steering Group for the BDA Work Ready Programme

Alison Clark, Dietitian, ACHN (chair)
Sue Baic, Dietitian
Elaine Gardner, Public Health Dietitian
Sue Marshall, Occupational Health Nurse
Belinda Quick, Nutrition Affairs Europe, Mondalez International







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