Norwegian Dietetic Association
The Norwegian Dietetic Association was formed in 1948 and today has about 1400 members. Our membership is comprised of administrative dieticians, chefs, catering cooks, kitchen staff, apprentices and students, all working with diet and nutrition in different parts of society: hospitals, long term care institutions, schools, canteens, military camps, prisons, oil platforms, the food industry etc.
One of our goals is to show how important good nutrition is to people’s health, and to show what a valuable job our members are doing in kitchens, all around the country. For instance, we arrange a national championship for healthcare cooks. This gets a lot of attention in the media, is good for morale, and shows people what our members can actually do. It raises our profile with the general public and promotes a greater understanding of the work we do.
We also arrange seminars in order to give our members more knowledge and to improve their professional skills. Through Delta, our parent organization, we assist our members in salary and contractual negotiations with their employers.
In accordance with a directive from the European Union, the NDA has been working to formulate national guidelines for good hygiene practice in institutional kitchens. These guidelines have now been approved by the Norwegian health inspectorate.
The organization produces the magazine “Kjøkkenskriveren”, which is published seven times a year. Here one can find news and articles from the food industry, and interviews with people in different parts of the healthcare catering arena.