I like to look back on the year and see what I have done. It’s been a year of challenge for my family, including all having Covid twice (and still suffering the consequences) but it has also been a year when I have tried lots of new things. And, of course, kept up with some of the old things – because I enjoy them!
2 highlights were being shortlisted for the CN Award Community Nutrition Professional of the Year 2022 and being highly commended in the British Nutrition Foundation Community awards. I don’t do this work for awards but it was lovely to be acknowledged in this way.
This is not an exhaustive list but here are some of the things I have done:
Pregnancy and weaning
- Ran the First Foods Course multiple times
- Said goodbye to my paid weaning Facebook group and made it FREE!
- Gave away free copies of mhttps://weaningcentre.co.uk/ebook/y Weaning on a Budget ebook as part of Baby Week in Manchester
- Developed a free resource on ‘Eating well during pregnancy’
- Increased the website content to include further resources on allergies, nappies and growth charts
- Joined Active Mums Club Manchester – a collaboration of small businesses and CICs which promote healthy lifestyles during pregnancy in Manchester
- Recorded a podcast with Phoebe App
One to ones
One to one consultations in a range of issues with both adults and children – including weight gain, weight loss, fussy eating, family nutrition, blood pressure, cholesterol and many more.
Workshops on nutrition
- Developed a new workshop on ‘Eating well during menopause’ and made it into an online on demand workshop
- Ran workshops with carers in Manchester with Carers Manchester
- Delivered a session for the Walking Mums Club on weaning
- Developed a new workshop which will be launched in the new year
- Had a stand at our local fun fair offering free health checks
Consultancy and writing
- Wrote a recipe for the Fortnum and Mason Platinum Pudding Competition – my recipe is here
- Worked with a small food company to help them with their new product development
- Interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland about tinned food
- Interviewed for Delicious Magazine about flavonoids.
- Worked with a big not for profit company on a nutrition campaign (can’t say who!)
- Writing articles for a number of magazines and websites including NHD, Happiful and Bloss
Support for other nutritionists and nutrition students to develop their careers
- 4 trainings teaching other nutritionists about delivering one to one nutrition consultations
- A session for Nutrition Graduates on ‘Is freelance for me?’
- Developed a new training for nutritionists on running a nutrition workshop – and have delivered it twice
- Spoke to students and nutritionists at a Nutripd conference at Atlantic Technological University (Galway) on 1-1 ConsultationsGuest lectured at the University of Chester and Oxford Brookes University
- Supported many nutritionists so set up their own businesses through the consultancy package
- Provided supervision to a number of ANutr and 3 transferred to RNutr this year (one more has submitted their portfolio)
- Supported students to register as ANutr – one has become an ANutr, others are in the pipeline
Community work highlights
- Securing funding for new equipment in the local park including play equipment, a table tennis table and bench for older adults, and resurfacing the sports area. Over £40k in total.
- Secured funding to get baby weighing scales at our local toddler group – which I run as a volunteer
And lots of admin!
I know I haven’t included everything here. I work part time with further reduced hours in school holidays. I am proud of what I have achieved and I am confident I always give my clients a great service. I look forward to seeing what next year has in store.