Smart Eating Week

They say to work smarter, not harder – but when it comes to food and nutrition, are you left wondering how to make the right choices for you?


The week is run by Accredited Practising Dietitians, and supported by the Dietitians Association of Australia. Are you an Accredited Practising Dietitian looking for tools and templates? Visit the member Smart Eating Week page and sign up to the Smart Eating Week mailing list.

For everyone else, we’d love you to join your local Accredited Practising Dietitian in celebrating Smart Eating Week! The week falls at an ideal time, with the start of a New Year inspiring many of us to live healthier lives, including through smart eating.

And let’s face it, when it comes to ‘smart eating’, there are many ways to achieve this – as everyone is different.

So take the opportunity to connect with your local Accredited Practising Dietitian during Smart Eating Week, and get involved in one of the hundreds of Smart Eating Week initiatives!

What is ‘smart eating’?

Smart eating is a means to good nutrition, a key step towards better health for everyone.

But because we’re all unique, with differing health challenges, goals, and lifestyles (for example), ‘smart eating’ will mean different things to different people, and how we go about achieving it will be different too. That’s where personalised nutrition advice and support from an Accredited Practising Dietitian comes in.

What can I do to be a part of Smart Eating Week?

You could:

  • Connect with your local Accredited Practising Dietitian. Don’t know where to start? Check out ‘Find an Accredited Practising Dietitian’.
  • Download our Smart Eating Week toolkit below, full of ready-to-use social media resources for you to join the online #SmartEatingWeek conversation and show support for Accredited Practising Dietitians through the week.
  • If you’re in Melbourne, Adelaide or WA, check out one of these events hosted by Accredited Practising Dietitians and DAA volunteers:
    • Bourke Street Mall, Thursday 15 February 7am-2pm
    • Adelaide Central Markets, Saturday 17 February 7am-2pm
    • WA – TBC

Other Accredited Practising Dietitians will be holding events, so look out for details of these in your local area and online.

  • Be inspired and learn about smart eating by following your local Accredited Practising Dietitians online, including through social media. And keep up with all the action by following the hashtag #SmartEatingWeek on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Spread the word! Tell family, friends and neighbours about the week, and what they can do to participate.
  • Check out ‘Smart Eating for You’ for some smart eating inspiration . . . from fast facts and recipes, and details on signing up to the Smart Eating e-newsletter.

How can Accredited Practising Dietitians help?

Accredited Practising Dietitians have a lot to offer in supporting you to live a healthier life, through smart eating.

They’re nutrition scientists with at least four years’ study behind them in nutrition, food science and biochemistry. And they have the know-how to translate the science into personalised, practical advice, respecting your values and preferences, to find the best approach for you.

Importantly, they can support and motivate you to make smart eating a part of your life, long term.

Fast facts about Accredited Practising Dietitians

Australia’s more than 5,500 dietitians work in a range of areas, including hospitals (36%), community settings (9%), private practice (31%), universities (6%), government (4%), non-government organisations (5%) and the corporate sector (5%).

But what all Accredited Practising Dietitians have in common is:

✔ University degree in nutrition and dietetics

✔ Advice based on scientific evidence

✔ Stay up-to-date through continuing professional development

✔ Adhere to a Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Practice.

So no need to page Agent 99, Get Smart this Smart Eating Week, and connect with your local Accredited Practising Dietitian instead!

We have summarised some of these facts into an infographic below. To share this with your networks, right click to save image.

Infographic references (12 February 2018):

DAA membership data (September 2017): 5,500+ dietitians in Australia; Dietitians work in a variety of areas (pie chart).

DAA website (Griffith University survey, 2011. The working profile of private practice dietitians in Australia): 52 minutes – is the average time for an initial consultation with a private practice dietitian.

Omnipoll survey (September 2017, of 1,225 Australians aged 18+ years, commissioned by DAA): 85% trust a dietitian’s advice on diet and nutrition; 47% of people would turn to a dietitian if they needed expert nutrition advice.

DAA ‘Working with Dietitians’ survey (February 2015, of 167 General Practitioners and Practice Nurses): 99% of GPs and practice nurses would refer their patients to a dietitian for dietary advice; Top 5 referral reasons to a dietitian from GPs and practice nurses.

DAA website (Accreditation Standards for Dietetic Education Programs): 100 days – minimum number of working days that a student dietitian must complete during their professional placement program.