Tayside dietitian wins national award

Dr Laura Stewart receiving her award at the BDA Award dinner in Birmingham

An NHS Tayside dietetic manager has been presented with an award by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) in recognition of her contribution to the profession.

Dr Laura Stewart, nutrition and dietetics service lead, was awarded the BDA’s Ibex Award for her work on child healthy weight.

Laura came to Tayside in 2009 to develop the Paediatric Overweight Service Tayside (POST) and has led the service over the past nine years, helping children and young people, as well as their families, to manage their weight and adopt healthier lifestyles.

She also now manages the adult weight management service and the dietitians in the diabetes service.

Laura said, “I have greatly enjoyed working in Tayside and it has been a pleasure to see the weight management service develop in the years that I have been here.  I am honoured to be given this Ibex award and was touched that I was nominated.”

After a long and distinguished career with the NHS, Laura will retire this summer.  She began her dietetic career in 1983 and spent time working in adult learning disability services and at the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh before undertaking her PhD in the dietetic management of childhood obesity.

In recent years Laura has been a member of a number of groups advising the Scottish Government on obesity and weight management and has chaired the BDA’s Obesity Specialist Group.  She has also worked on producing national guidelines on obesity and last year was co-author of a report on the dietetic management of childhood obesity for the World Health Organisation.

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