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Lay food and health worker involvement in community nutrition and dietetics in England: roles, responsibilities and relationship with professionals

Kennedy, Lynne A, Milton, B and Bundred, P (2008) Lay food and health worker involvement in community nutrition and dietetics in England: roles, responsibilities and relationship with professionals.

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Abstract

Background- Community-based food initiatives have developed in recent years with the aim of engaging previously 'hard to reach' groups. Lay workers engaged in community nutrition activities are promoted as a cost-effective mechanism for reaching underserved groups. The main objective of the study was to explore perceptions and definitions of lay food and health worker (LFHW) helping roles within the context of National Health Service (NHS) community nutrition and dietetic services in order to define the conceptual and practical elements of this new role and examine the interface with professional roles. Findings - Narratives from both professionals and LFHWs indicated that the primary role for LFHWs was to encourage dietary change by translating complex messages into credible and culturally appropriate advice. Conclusions - The primary role of LFHWs in the 15 projects involved was to support existing NHS services to promote healthy eating amongst 'hard to reach' communities. The activities undertaken by LFHWs are strongly influenced by professionals and the NHS. Inherent to this is a fairly narrow interpretation of health, resulting in a limited range of practice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright © 2008 Wiley Blackwell Publishing LtdOnly metadata is available on this site. The article was originally published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics in 2008, by Wiley Blackwell. The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-277X.2008.00876.x
Keywords: Dietary change, food workers, lay helping, nutrition and health promotion.
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Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 09:13
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 20:05
URI: http://glyndwr.collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/126

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