EFAD Newsflash - 160622


EFAD to host first live General Meeting in two years

From 20 - 22 October this year, EFAD will host its extended General Meeting (GM) in Budapest. It will be the first live meeting in two years, and we look forward to meeting in person again.

The GM is for our member delegates from our Dietetic Associations and Higher Education Institutes. The meeting will be extended with additional workshops to which our European Specialist Dietetic Networks (ESDNs) and committees are also invited.

Keep an eye on the coverage of this via your personal email.

In 2023 we will have a scientific conference for all dietitians. EFAD Conference is organized every two years. We will keep you informed of the date and the programme. 


21 June webinar: Nutritional Prehabilitation:what is it and what are the benefits?

Join us on 21 June (7pm CEST) for a free webinar with the ESDN Oncology where Dr Clare Shaw, Consultant Dietitian and Kelly Wade-McBane, Cancer Prehabilitation Transformation Fellow will discuss the theory and practice of prehabilitation.

Optimising people with cancer prior to and during cancer treatment aims to increase their resilience and support a speedy recovery. What does this mean for Dietitians? Who would most benefit from prehabilitation?

 Register for free.


Did you miss our webinar on protein?

If you missed the 'From athletes to older adults: food-focused approaches for maximising the health effects of protein' webinar on 8 June, you can now watch it back on demand. The webinar examines food-focused approaches for optimising protein nutrition - from athletes to the elderly, in particular, the effects of the food/dairy matrix.

 Watch it back now.


ENDietS spotlight

An update on what the European Network of Dietetic Students (ENDietS) committee has been working on.

In the past few months, ENDietS has been focusing on building a fundamental National Key Contacts (NKC) network around Europe, that will strengthen the bonds between the European students, their Higher Education Institutions, EFAD and ENDietS. Five new National Key Contacts have recently joined the ENDietS team and brought new ideas and their fresh energy in the NKC General Meeting that was held in May.

ENDietS Joint President Marianna Kalliostra travelled to Antwerp, Belgium for the Thomas More International Days and delivered an in-person presentation to students and international guests, joined online by EFAD Executive Committee member, Daniel Bucholz. Marianna also gave an online presentation at VIVES University, Belgium.

ENDietS is also a partner of the Thematic Network “Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care” consortium, led by the European Nutrition Health Alliance. We proudly endorse the Joint-Statement on the essential role of integrated nutrition care throughout the cancer care continuum as part of patient-centered care, that was presented at the EU Health Policy Platform annual meeting, on 5 May.

As the academic year is coming to its end, two new motivated and enthusiastic Presidents, will be soon taking the lead from current ENDietS Joint Presidents Marianna Kalliostra (Greece) and Stella Miric (Croatia). Reflecting on their time in role, they said:

"It has been an absolute honour to have been leading ENDietS for the past four years. ENDietS represents the European Nutrition and Dietetic Students and we have met many of them throughout the years. They, and we all, have something in common; We share the same passion for nutrition science and profession and the same sparkle when connecting with people with common interests.

"Even though COVID restrained us from meeting in person in the past two years, that did not stop us from delivering the vision we set in Berlin, 2019. We aimed to make a difference. And here we are, almost ready to hand over the baton to our two new successors that will continue the work that started in 2014, feeling fulfilled that we have achieved our goal and that we have set the base for great things to come.

"We are grateful for what the ENDietS journey has offered us, and we will always be a part of the ENDietS family. #bettertogether"


From the Journal

Influence of Mediterranean Diet on Human Gut Microbiota

The available evidence suggests that the microbiota of subjects with a Mediterranean-type diet is significantly different from that of subjects with a Western food model.

 Read it here for free.



British Dietetic Association (BDA) celebrates annual Dietitians Week

This Dietitians Week (20-24 June), the BDA is encouraging Dietitians to talk about their role, what they do and how they make a difference. Help raise the voice and visibility of Dietitians to show the value and impact you make every day. There are downloadable resources and lots of suggestions about how you can get involved on the BDA website.

 Find out how you can get involved in Dietitians Week.


Join the Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care Exchange Network

The 2021 Thematic Network cycle has reached its conclusion after nearly a year of productive work, with the three networks interacting with hundreds of health stakeholder organisations through a series of webinars. Slowly but surely the organisations leading these networks gathered the input received and presented their final Joint Statements at the EU Health Policy Platform annual meeting that took place on 5 May 2022.

The Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care Thematic Network, which EFAD has been involved in, is led by the European Nutrition for Health Alliance.

 Check it out here.


New pan-European strategy set to transform primary health care across the Region

World Health Organization (WHO) Europe has released its region-wide strategy on primary health care (PHC), setting out a vision to transform PHC over the next years based on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past two years, countries have taken bold actions to adapt and respond to the pandemic; many of these actions have transformed the way PHC is delivered to people in their communities. Inspired by these actions, the new strategy was endorsed by all 53 countries in the European Region at the 71st session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe in 2021.  

 Find out more.


WHO publishes four policy briefs addressing the promotion of healthy diets

WHO has recently published four policy briefs to provide policy-makers, programme managers, health professionals and advocates with information and policy options related to the promotion of healthy diets.

 Fiscal policies to promote healthy diets
 Reformulation of food and beverage products for healthier diets
 Nutrition labelling
 Protecting children from the harmful impact of food marketing


NCD Progress Monitor 2022

WHO has launched its latest edition of the non-communicable diseases (NCD) Progress Monitor, which highlights the actions WHO member states are taking to prevent and control major NCDs through setting targets, developing policies and plans. Findings include:

  • Out of 194 countries, 122 have set targets for NCDs that are time-sensitive and based on WHO guidelines.
  • More progress on NCDs has been achieved in 2022 than published in previous progress monitors.
  • However, 54 countries have lost ground, achieving fewer indicators than in 2020. There have also been major declines in physical activity awareness campaigns, and NCD surveillance.

 Read the full report here.


Food chain collaboration key to safety

Europe's agri-food chain partners have released a statement celebrating World Food Safety Day and reiterating their joint commitment to keep European food and drink the safest in the world. 

 Read it here.


Updated advice on acceptable intake for copper – consultation open

The Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for copper from all sources in food will be reduced from 0.15 mg/kg of body weight (bw) to 0.07 mg/kg bw based on an updated evaluation of the scientific evidence.

The European Food Safety Authority's draft scientific opinion on copper in food is open for comments until 1 August.

 Have your say.


Events and webinars

Annual Hydration for Health Conference
22 June, 3pm - 6pm CEST

Hydration for Health invites you to virtually join the 14th Annual Hydration for Health Conference to discuss the latest research and findings in hydration science. This year's edition, entitled "From Behaviour to Health: Where does Hydration science stand?", will bring together experts from crossroad disciplines in the one and only international scientific event completely dedicated to hydration science. 

Pauline Douglas and Katerina Belogianni, representing EFAD, will speak on 'SPLASH': healthy hydration for children.

 Register here.


Webinar: Healthier Together - EU Non-Communicable Diseases Initiative
22 June, 3pm - 4.40pm CEST

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represent 80% of the disease burden in the European Commission Member States. Complementing the Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, the Commission is addressing the main NCDs in a newly ambitious and systematic approach. The Healthier Together - EU NCD Initiative is a toolkit to help EU countries reduce the burden of NCDs and improve citizens' health by supporting action of the Member States and stakeholders. It identifies effective policies and best/promising practices selected by Member States and stakeholders. It also maps the legal and financial tools that can be used to implement those actions.

 Register here.


Summer school on dairy nutrition and health for professionals
4-15 July

FrieslandCampina Institute and Wageningen University and Research collaborate to bring to you the second edition of the online Summer School on Dairy Nutrition and Health.

Are you interested in engaging with experts who have both scientific knowledge and practical experience in the world of dairy? Do you want to know more about dairy products, in relation to the current interest for plant based diets? Are you eager to learn how processing affects nutrient values of dairy products? Interested translating dairy science into relevant practice? Then this interactive Summer School on Dairy Nutrition and Health is the right programme for you.

 Find out more and register.


EFPC Conference 2022: Integrated Community Care: a new opportunity for Primary Care
25-27 September
Ghent, Belgium or online

The European Forum for Primary Care (EFPC) Organizing Committee is now also facilitating the EFPC 2022 Conference virtually - so all those interested in joining, but who cannot get to Ghent, can register for online participation and access the main lectures.

 Find out more and register.

11th Central European Congress on Food and Nutrition
27-30 September
Čatež ob Savi, Slovenia

The theme for this congress is "Food, technology and nutrition for healthy people in a healthy environment". Abstract submission is still open.

 Find out more and register.


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