Food facts vs fads during Dietitians Week

Posted on Mon, 12/06/2017 by Sarah Lumley, Dietitian

Nutritionist Sarah Lumley

The Nutrition and Dietetics team at QE Gateshead is made up of dietitians and nutrition nurses who work in the hospital and in the community. They play an important role in making sure patients receive the best nutritional care possible by working with the patients, nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Sarah Lumley is one of the dietitians who works in the hospital:

"I love working as a dietitian here at the QE because I get to work with so many different people and work as part of a team to give our patients the best care possible.

I wanted to become a dietitian because I liked learning about nutritional science and then making sense of this. I try to explain this to the general public and patients in a way that is relatable and gives them specific ideas to improve their health and wellbeing.

There is a lot of information about nutrition in the media and some of it can be misleading. This can mean people follow advice which doesn’t have the best nutritional research behind it or can become worried about how confusing some messages can be.

As a team, we often discuss nutrition stories we’ve read or heard in the media and think about whether it makes sense and what it could mean for our patients. We then discuss this with our patients and advise them with specific goals towards making dietary changes which have more research and evidence behind them.

There will be a stand at Quenellies restaurant between Monday 12th and Wednesday 14th June promoting Dietitians Week and asking you to play detective with some newspaper and magazine articles. See if what’s written in black and white is really black and white!”

Find out more about the Nutrition and Dietetics team


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