My take-home messages from The Nutrition Society Food Policy Course

I was fortunate to attend The Nutrition Society Introduction to Food Policy course on the 31st October 2017 as part of my training through work. This course also certified with the Association for Nutrition and will help towards my portfolio to progress to a fully Registered Nutritionist (RNutr).

  1. Policy cycle; one of the most important aspects of policymaking. Policy cycle diagrams vary and it’s important you find one that works for you and your policy. You may need to go around more than once and tweak as you go along.
  2. Know your policy drivers; stakeholders can trigger you to go around the policy cycle again. Government legislation/voluntary initiatives are important food policy drivers to engage with. They are present at each stage of the policy cycle.
  3. Evaluating your policy; don’t forget to factor in reviewing your food policy – which is essential for evaluation. This should be thought about at the beginning of the food policy cycle.
  4. Multiple policies; be mindful that when you implement a policy how it may affect/influence another policy, there could be positive or negative knock-on effects.
  5. Communication; you need to effectively communicate your policy to all relevant stakeholders. The key is to keep it concise and to the point, leaving no room for interpretation.

I would highly recommend The Nutrition Society trainings; check out their page for upcoming trainings here!

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