Do you have a word of the year?  For 2018, our team set out to find a word that would capture what we wanted to achieve – a word that we could turn to for guidance if we found ourselves at a crossroads, or losing focus.

We landed on “relationships”. In fact, we landed on it in the midst of a team-building workshop at Christmas, when we were creating floral wreaths.

Our floral instructor spoke passionately of the “relationship” that the various elements of the wreath had with one another – bold elements and subtle filler, sprigs of seasonal greenery and standout flowers. All, working harmoniously to create a single result: a glorious centerpiece.

We walked away with the word firmly stuck in our minds. Relationships are what the Dietitian Connection community is built upon: supportive and nurturing relationships with professional colleagues, that help us all grow and be inspired.

This foundation of relationships helps give us the courage to try new ideas, expand our thinking and gain expert insight when we make decisions. Relationships also go both ways, and enable us to support, motivate and encourage those who call upon us for help. The end result? A rich network of relationships that work in glorious harmony to help you grow and flourish in your career.

So: “relationships” it is. Expect to hear more of this word from us as 2018 unfolds – and know we are ever grateful for the relationships we’ve built with all of you through DC.

Speaking of relationships…we firmly believe that, despite all of the incredible technology available today, face to-face meetings remain crucial for relationships.

That’s why we began Dietitians’ Day – a small celebration of our profession – five years ago. It was a chance to bring dietitians together in person, so new connections could be forged and ideas shared. Today, this “small celebration” has evolved into Dietitians Unite, a packed room of eager attendees who are ready to share, be inspired and strengthen their network of relationships. We have three tracks this year – clinical, business and foodservice – and nearly a dozen incredible speakers from different walks of life.

I, for one, expect to wrap up the day with many new relationships forged, and existing relationships strengthened. Thanks for being part of my web of relationships. DC wouldn’t exist without you.


P.S. As you all know, I am Jamie Oliver’s #1 fan, and the fact that he’s our cover story this month is a testament to the value of relationships. Go on, skip ahead now and read all about the incredible work his Ministry of Food has been doing in Australia.


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