Dietitian joins soldiers' advisory ranks

By Sonya Bateson

A Bay dietitian is to head a team of nutritionists catering for the dietary needs of the National Guard in the United Arab Emirates.

Rachel Scrivin's new position as head of nutrition and dietetics for the National Guard, encompasses all five arms of the military.

Mrs Scrivin, who established FoodFX in Tauranga, said her new job will be based in the capital Abu Dhabi and she will be managing a team of 20 people. The role involves advising hospitals and families of military personnel on nutrition matters.

Securing the job was "was one of those 'right place at the right time' moments," she said.

"The job wasn't advertised, I was contacting some people I know over there and seeing what work was available. Obviously I fit the profile of what they wanted."

She hoped to teach soldiers good food choices and how to keep themselves hydrated on long-distance marches. Mrs Scrivin will also have the opportunity to carry out research.

Moving the family to Abu Dhabi will be a challenge. Her three boys, aged 3, 5 and 7, will start at an international school in September and her husband will also be looking for a teaching position.

The family would stay in Abu Dhabi for up to five years, she said.

"The temperature can get up into the 50s, the average for the year is around 35 degrees, so that will take a bit of getting used to. But everything is airconditioned. We're going because of the culture, we want to enjoy the experience and give it our all."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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