EFAD Newsflash: Read the latest dietetic news - Aug


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'Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care' voted as European Thematic Network

Submitted by European Nutrition for Health Alliance, the proposal has been voted among the top three themes for 2021.

Created in collaboration with EFAD, ENDietS and a number of other organisations, the proposal focuses on the need for integrated nutrition care for cancer patients.

All three final Thematic Networks will be made available on the EU Health Policy Platform in September and webinars will be organised from October onwards to present and discuss the latest developments of these position papers - so stay tuned.

Thank you to everyone who voted - you can read the proposal here.


Calls for officers

EFAD will be putting out calls for officers for various specialist network committees at the end of August.

Find out more in upcoming Newsflashes, or keep checking the Breaking News section of the website.

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Spotlight: ESDN for Sports and Physical Activity Committee

An update on what the committee has been working on:

  • The committee met at the beginning of the year to develop the upcoming year's strategic plan.
  • In collaboration with ENDietS, Nikos Papaspanos held a webinar on 'Sport Nutrition in special population and conditions', which was a great success.
  • The committee collaborated and supported the organisation of the 1st European Students' Symposium 'Diet and Health', giving a presentation about sport nutrition. This event was the first European interdisciplinary event for the student population in the fields of biomedicine and biotechnology, primarily focused on the students studying medicine, nutrition, pharmacology, clinical biochemistry and kinesiology as the key future experts in disease prevention and promotion of the healthy lifestyle. One of the main aims was to promote interdisciplinary co-operation and the importance of interdisciplinary teams in healthcare. 
  • The committee has been working on 'Position Stand for the role of the Sport Dietitian', which will be released later this year.
  • The committee is collaborating with ESDN Oncology to work together on the European Project for Cancer. 
  • The committee is also currently organising one of the parallel sessions at the upcoming 13th EFAD Conference in Budapest, Hungary.

From the Journal

Article spotlight - "Malnutrition in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. What do we know today?"

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Paediatric IBD (PIBD) is associated with more severe morbidity and a more complicated disease process than adult-onset IBD.

This knowledge transfer by Christina N. Katsagoni, PhD (Athens) discusses how children with PIBD are at risk of malnutrition, including macronutrient and micronutrient deficiencies, leading to poor growth and often delayed puberty.

Read the article here



EUFIC launches breastfeeding and pregnancy resources

To celebrate last week's World Breastfeeding Week 2021, the European Food Information Council has created a range of science-based resources aimed at new/future parents to inform their food choices during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Access them here.


WHO recommends continuing breastfeeding during COVID-19 infection and after vaccination

WHO/Europe is urging those who are breastfeeding to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when it is their turn, in line with national vaccination plans. WHO does not recommend discontinuing breastfeeding because of COVID-19 vaccination. Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival, including providing antibodies and protection.

Read more.


How many sugar-sweetened soft drinks do those in the EU consume?

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In 2019, 9% of people aged 15 and over in the EU drank sugar-sweetened soft drinks daily, 6% drank them four to six times a week and 19% drank them one to three times a week.

Read the findings here.


Public consultation on sugar consumption study opens

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)'s panel on nutrition has completed its provisional assessment of the safety of dietary sugars following a comprehensive scientific review.

EFSA will hold a public meeting to discuss the draft opinion on 21 September and a public consultation will run until 30 September.

Learn more.


40% of all food grown goes uneaten, according to new report

New WWF and Tesco report 'Driven to Waste' shows 1.2 billion tonnes of food is lost on farms and an estimated 2.5 billion tonnes of food (around 40%) goes uneaten around the world each year.

Read the full report.


One in twelve adults in the EU consumes alcohol every day

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In 2019, 8.4% of the EU adult population consumed alcohol daily, 28.8% weekly, 22.8% monthly and 26.2% never consumed or hadn’t consumed any in the last 12 months.

Find out what else was uncovered in this study here.


'Modest' progress towards healthier packaged foods and soft drinks

A recent Joint Research Center study analysed trends in the nutritional quality of packaged foods and non-alcoholic beverages by assessing the level of sugars, salt, saturated fat and fibre of products sold in supermarkets across Europe.

The results of the analysis show 'modest' progress towards the direction desired by public health proponents. In general, there is a small reduction in salt, sugars and saturated fat sold in packaged products.

Read the full story.


Have your say on the EU4Health needs and priorities

The pandemic has had a major impact on patients, medical and healthcare staff, and health systems in Europe. The new EU4Health programme will go beyond crisis response to address healthcare systems' resilience.

This consultation seeks feedback on priorities, strategic orientations and the needs to be addressed through EU4Health annual work programmes, focusing on input that could help reflect on the 2022 EU4Health Work Programme and beyond.

The survey is open until 28 August. Have your say here.


WHO launches new factsheets

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This factsheet investigates digital food environments, the online settings through which flows of services and information that influence people’s food and nutrition choices and behaviour are directed.

Access it here.

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Unhealthy diets and excess body weight are leading risk factors for death and disability in the WHO European Region. Addressing malnutrition in all its forms is essential to ensure health and wellbeing for all and, consequently, sustainable development.

Read the new factsheet on Nutrition, overweight and obesity here.


New EU-funded app helps provide personalised nutrition and physical activity plans

The PROTEIN Project (PeRsOnalised nutriTion for hEalthy livINg) is a Horizon 2020 funded research and innovation project that aims to promote a healthy lifestyle and help improve the general state of health of the European population by combining the latest technologies, such as smartphones and sensors, to offer personalised nutrition and physical activity plans.

Bringing together experts from across Europe, PROTEIN will develop tools using AI to provide personalised nutrition and physical activity support to people in the EU. The PROTEIN Project App is now available to pilot via Google Play.

Find out more.


State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report published

This report presents the first global assessment of food insecurity and malnutrition for 2020 and offers some indication of what hunger might look like by 2030 in a scenario further complicated by the enduring effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access it here.

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Events and webinars

International Congress of Dietetics
1 - 3 September

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The ICD 2021 Virtual Congress is open for registration until 25 August. Sign up here.

EFAD will be holding two symposia - Advancing Dietetics in Europe through Collaboration and Hydration Resources for dietitians: The European Healthy Hydration Awareness Campaign (EuHHAC). Find out more here.


UEG Week Virtual 2021
3 - 5 October

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Organised by United European Gastroenterology, UEG Week presents clinical and basic gastrointestinal and liver research, featuring virtual lecture halls and a live TV studio.

There is still time to submit your late breaking abstract - the deadline is 23 August.

Find out more here.

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