London Fire Brigade nutritonist scoops top award


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London Fire Brigade nutritionist has been awarded for his efforts to improve the healthy eating habits of firefighters.

The first ever dedicated nutritionist employed by a fire and rescue service, Greg Lessons won ‘Nutritionist of the Year’ at the Caroline Walker Trust awards. Lessons was selected from leading nutritionists around the country competing for the prize.

A firefighter for 17 years at Shoreditch, Leyton and Hornchurch fire stations, Lessons began studying for a masters in Nutrition at London Metropolitan University five years ago. His dissertation focussed on firefighter nutrition, and how firefighters could improve their health by eating better on duty.

After graduating with a distinction, Lessons was appointed as a full time nutritionist for London Fire Brigade and is now on a long term secondment. Working with firefighters to develop personalised nutrition plans, Lessons helps them make healthier food choices and also holds food preparation masterclasses with firefighters across the capital.

Lessons commented: “To be awarded the title of ‘Nutritionist of the year 2019’ is fantastic and I’m thrilled beyond belief! I was judged against four eminent UK nutritionists and I’m so proud to be chosen. It was also an honour to represent the Brigade and to raise the profile of nutrition, health and wellness in the workplace. A huge thanks goes to everyone who has supported me along the way.

“Firefighters work extremely busy shifts and can be called out on a shout any second. For that reason, they tend to eat large portions and quickly. They also work anti-social hours and, like many other night workers, often want quick energy so their choice of snacks are often not the healthiest.

“We know firefighters need to be fit to do their job and eating the right diet is essential to achieve this. Also, nutrition can significantly impact mental health and be used as a valuable tool in reducing stress, anxiety and depression.”

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