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Would you like to help lead EFAD?

EFAD is looking for enthusiastic dietitian colleagues to become committee members. Applications are open for:

  • Research and Evidence Based Practice Committee
  • ESDN Diabetes Committee
  • ESDN Older Adults Committee
  • ESDN Oncology Committee
  • ESDN Sport and Physical Activity Committee

The deadline for all applications is 1 October.

Apply now


Learn about Sustainability this September

This September, EFAD is welcoming you to a series of two webinars on Sustainable and Healthy Diets. 

The first webinar, taking place on 16 September, will introduce the concept and pillars of sustainability as well as the context and challenges of sustainable diets.

The second webinar (29 September) will present the European Farm to Fork strategy and other global initiatives towards more sustainable food systems.

Register for free

The British Dietetic Association is running a Sustainable September campaign this month - find out more.


Save the date: EFAD General Meeting

Join us online on 22 October for the 32nd EFAD GM. Additional information, as well as an agenda and registration info, will be communicated shortly.


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What's happening at this year's Congress?

The congress theme is “The Vital Link To Health” and we will be exploring all aspects of this over five vibrant virtual days. You can view the full programme for each day here.

Register today


EFAD hosts two symposia at ICD2021

EFAD held two symposia at the ICD 2021 Virtual Congress last week.

The first, Hydration Resources for dietitians, discussed the development and implementation of the European Healthy Hydration Awareness Campaign (EuHHAC) Hydration Resources for dietitians and nutritionists and updated scientific evidence on hydration.

The second, Advancing Dietetics in Europe through Collaboration, covered working with membership volunteers to achieve association goals, a model for good practice on advocating for nutrition and dietetics, and the dietitian's perspective on the prevention of malnutrition in senior subjects in the EU.

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Spotlight: Professional Practice Committee (PPC)

An update on what the committee has been working on:

  • The PPC has finished a case study, “A comparison of a patient with diabetes between the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and its terminology and the Dietetic Care Process (DCP) and its terminology."
  • It has been working on communications for the use and adoption of standardised language.
  • The committee will hold a webinar in February 2022, involving committee member Jose Tiebie, Sytske Runia and a dietitian working with NCP.
  • The committee will start a discussion group on outcomes in dietetics treatment and interdisciplinary treatment in patient care.
  • The PPC will be working on a number of projects over the coming months, including a policy paper on cost-effectiveness in dietetics, a mission and vision paper, an update of the supplement to the ICDA's Code of Ethics and a dashboard page on the new EFAD website.

From the Journal

Article spotlight - "Association Between Malnutrition and Sarcopenia During Hospitalisation in Older People: A Challenge in Rehabilitation"

Very little is known about the effect of malnutrition on short-term changes of body composition, particularly muscle, among older hospitalised patients.

This knowledge transfer by Sousana Papadopoulou (Thessaloniki, City) discusses how the combination of limited choices regarding meals and lack of physical activity constitutes a crucial risk factor for sarcopenia.

Read the article here



More than 700 million people with untreated hypertension

The number of adults aged 30–79 years with hypertension has increased from 650 million to 1.28 billion in the last thirty years, according to the first comprehensive global analysis of trends in hypertension prevalence, detection, treatment and control, led by Imperial College London and WHO. Nearly half of these people did not know they had hypertension.

Find out more.


Encouraging Europeans to choose safe food

The European Food Safety Authority #EUChooseSafeFood campaign aims to raise awareness about the science behind our food and tell the story of the scientists who work to make sure it’s safe. Its overall goal is to encourage citizens to think critically about their everyday food choices.

The campaign is targeting citizens aged 25-45, with an extra focus on women and young parents across Europe and with a particular focus this year on nine EU countries: Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain. 

Find out more here.

EFSA Public consultation on sugar consumption study closes this month

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.

Valeriu Curtui, head of EFSA’s Nutrition Unit, said: “This has been a hugely challenging work so far, involving the evaluation of over 30,000 publications. Our experts and staff have made an immense effort to reach this point and applied the highest standards of scientific rigour throughout.”

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.


Companies 'must do more' to reduce obesity in Belgium

Belgian food companies have taken steps to help improve obesity rates and promote healthy diets, but they can play a much bigger role than they do now, according to a new report by Belgium's national public health institute, Sciensano.

The report states that one in two Belgian adults are living with overweight or obesity. It highlights what specific food companies are currently doing, or can improve on, in relation to obesity and nutrition. 

Find out more and access the report here.

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Jobs and opportunities

Physicians Association for Nutrition (PAN)

As PAN is growing, we’re currently looking for a Medical Content Executive and a Medical Director to help us make nutrition a core part of healthcare and engage many more health professionals in activities towards healthy and sustainable food environments worldwide.

Both positions are full time and remote. Find out more here.


Events and webinars

EU4Health Work Programme 2022: targeted stakeholder consultation outcome webinar
10 September
10am - 1.30pm CET

This half-day webinar will be an opportunity to reflect on the priorities, strategies and needs addressed by the EU4Health annual work programmes, in particular the 2022 EU4Health Work Programme and beyond.

View the agenda here and register for free here by 9 September.


ENHA, MNI and ESPEN Joint Policy Seminar
13 September
11.45am - 1pm CET

The session, Delivering optimal nutritional care for all throughout the cancer journey: what will it take?, is part of the ESPEN Congress 2021.

The session will review the latest evidence regarding:

  • the impact of nutritional issues in cancer
  • the barriers that patients face in accessing nutritional care across Europe
  • what must now be done at European and country level to implement a fully integrated model of nutritional care in cancer, from diagnosis through the disease trajectory

View the full programme and register here.


World Café: Let's talk about childhood obesity
14 September
1pm CET

By 2030, 254 million children could be living with obesity. True and lasting effects to positively impact youth health, including overweight and obesity, will not only need to include young people’s input, perspective, and suggestions; the initiative and leadership of young people themselves needs to be part of the answer.

This event will showcase how the CO-CREATE dialogue forum tool will be used to convene youth and stakeholders to discuss meaningful youth engagement and inclusion.

Find out more about the event and access recordings of earlier events here.

Register for the event on 14 September here.


EFAD Sustainable and Healthy Diets webinars
16 & 29 September

The first webinar, taking place on 16 September, will introduce the concept and pillars of sustainability as well as the context and challenges of sustainable diets.

The second webinar (29 September) will present the European Farm to Fork strategy and other global initiatives towards more sustainable food systems.

Register for free.


XX Congress of Food and Nutrition & II International Congress of Food and Nutrition
23 - 24 September


The theme of the congress is Back to the Future: Nutrition Last Decades, to reflect on transversal themes of Nutrition Sciences, such as:

  • the lessons learned with COVID-19 in terms of food and nutrition
  • the importance of immunity
  • the role of food in mood and depression
  • the necessary transformation of food systems
  • plus many other topics in the spectrum of Nutrition and Food 

Registration closes on 17 September - book your place 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.

Find out more here.


EASO Masterclass Series


The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) has three training courses available in October:

Up to 40 places are available for each course. Applications are invited from HCPs working in European countries who hold a Master's/PhD degree in a relevant topic and/or have three to five years of relevant practical experience.

Priority will be given to applicants who are members of EASO affiliated National Associations.

Application is free. The deadline is 12 September.

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