New year, new goals, calls for memberships, Breakfast Toolkit survey and more..


Dear colleagues and friends,
I hope the new year has started prosperously for all of you.
At EFAD we are back to work and we look forward to meeting and working with you in 2023.
Last week, the Executive Committee discussed the 2023 work plan and concluded that we are on the right track and excited to continue the work and explore new options to achieve our strategic goals.
This year's first activity, a webinar organised by ESDN Diabetes on "Diet management and sports in people with type 1 diabetes" was successfully held. If you missed it, you can watch it on demand at the EFAD Learning platform.  
We plan to develop more webinars and new learning courses this year.
Keep tuned via our Newsflash and social media.






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The EFAD Budapest Resolution that we launched in October 2022, will be the common thread this year. We will keep you updated on activities on The Dietitian’s Role in Supporting the Human Right to Safe and Appropriate Nutritional Care for Every European Citizen.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or see any opportunities. We are more than open to discussions.
Ultimately, our big event this year is the 14th EFAD congress "
Dietetic care, a human right: moving forward into a new area". The congress will be an in-person event held from 13-14 October in Budapest, Hungary.
We welcome dietitians from all over Europe. So save the date! The congress website will be opened soon with more information.


Wineke Remijnse
EFAD Executive Director


EFAD calls for offices

EFAD is looking for leads/members to 3 European Specialist Dietetic Networks: Diabetes, Public Health and Sports and also for members to the Research and Evidence-Based Practice Committee.

 Membership of the Research and Evidence-Based Practice Committee
 Leadership/ membership of the specialist network for Diabetes
 Leadership/ membership of  the specialist network for Public Health
 Leadership/ membership of the specialist network for Sports and Physical Activity

 Find out more and apply for the positions
⏳ Deadline for applications: 28 February 2023


Watch on-demand - ESDN Diabetes webinar:

"Diet management and sports in people with Type 1 diabetes"


Last Tuesday ESDN Diabetes organised the webinar "Diet management and sports in people with Type 1 diabetes" which aimed to provide the basics regarding the management of nutrition and insulin therapy in people with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, who practice physical exercise.

 Watch the webinar on demand.


Updates on EFAD Projects

Breakfast Toolkit Project survey

We need your voice!
The aim of the Breakfast Toolkit survey is to gather the views of dietitians on recommending breakfast as part of a balanced diet, and their sources to educate patients about healthy breakfasts as well as understand the breakfast patterns of European countries. The survey is addressed to European dietitians and intern dietitians.

If you are interested in participating in a focus group about breakfast, you can leave your contact information at the end of the survey. Please fill in the survey below to share your experience, it takes less than five minutes to complete.

Take the survey


What are our Specialists (ESDNs) Networks working on?
The example of ESDN Public Health

As the primary goal of EFAD is to improve nutritional health and promote sustainable diets in Europe, Sustainable Dietary Patterns is standing in the focus of the work of the European Specialist Dietetic Network for Public Health Committee (ESDN PH). The ESDN PH takes part in public consultations and surveys issued by the concerned European bodies.

In the context of the ‘‘European Green Deal”, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive Farm to Fork Strategy, which recognises the inextricable links between healthy people, healthy societies and a healthy planet. The Strategy recognises that the individual and sector-specific actions can neither alone, nor in combination with each other fully ensure policy coherence at the EU and national level, so they launched a public consultation in order to gather opinions and evidence from the public and relevant stakeholders on the key issues, the initiative aims to address.
The ESDN PH took part in this consultation, highlighting, that for achieving effective and equitable change, the legislative framework should establish responsibilities on food businesses and public authorities, creating the appropriate conditions for different players to change their activities.

The ESDN PH produced a Position Paper on Sustainable Dietary Patterns, which was accepted in 2021 October. The paper points out, that sustainable diets are complex rather than simple, as they must address a lot of aspects. These include health and wellbeing; environmental pressure and impact; accessible, affordable, safe and equitable supply; cultural acceptance and localization; as well as standards on animal welfare.

  Read the Position Paper.


ENDietS News

ENDietS is looking for enthusiastic Nutrition & Dietetic Students to apply for the positions of:
 Social Media Anchorship
 Junior Conference Anchorship
 Junior Promotion & Recruitment Anchorship.
⏳ Deadline for applications: 12 February 2023

  Find out more.

Have you visited the EFAD Learning Library?

Are you in search of Sustainable & Healthy Meal Recipes? 

EFAD is welcoming you to the Sustainability in Dietetics online course developed by experts in the field of sustainability. 

The course aims to provide background information and increase knowledge on sustainability and sustainable healthy diets and provide dietitians with materials and resources to embed sustainability in practice.

Among others, you will find a practical recipe booklet that includes recipes with light and main meals from regions across Europe, as well as general practices for sustainable and healthy diets

 Become an EFAD Learning member now and start exploring.


Kompass Nutrition and Dietetics Journal

 Is the Focus on Healthy Eating Drowning in the Discussion About Sustainable Food?

Health authorities increasingly recommend a more plant-based diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, pulses, whole grains and nuts, low in red meat and moderate in dairy, eggs, poultry and fish which will be beneficial for both health and the environment. A systematic review of observational and intervention studies published between 2000 and January 2020 was conducted to assess nutrient intake and status in adult populations consuming plant-based diets with that of meat-eaters. 

 Read the knowledge transfer article.


The preparation of the Kompass Nutrition and Dietetics issue 1/23 has started

If you have information to share in the sections Kaleidoscope and Calendar of Events, please forward the information to Christine Schiller (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.), by the 1st of March 2023.

Please check the author's instructions:
 For Kaleidoscope usually, press releases are being used.
It must have a headline, text with not more than 2000 characters, the full name of the institute/organization that spread the news, its logo and a web address (if possible). Additionally, a photo, graphic or other eyecatchers could be included, as long as you hold the copyright and the element can be used for free. This part contains a short text about new initiatives, research etc. from your organisation.

For the Calendar of Events needed:
 The name of the event.
 The data
 The event location
 The website, for more information

 Find out more.



Plant-based protein factsheet by EUFIC - Available in 5 languages

EUFIC developed a handy plant-based protein factsheet, that acts as a useful guide to help with daily protein consumption when transitioning from meat to plant-based foods.

The factsheet is available in 5 languages. Download from the links below:



World Obesity Day Europe 2023 is on 4 March — The ECPO & EASO Award Applications are open!

The European Coalition for People living with Obesity (ECPO) and the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) are pleased to announce the 2023 awards programme for European activities held in conjunction with World Obesity Day.

The Awards are presented annually in recognition of excellence, innovation and best practice in advancing the understanding of obesity, and the importance of its prevention and treatment.

 Find out more.


Last chance to become a nutritional education volunteer at the Special Olympics 2023 in Berlin

The German Association of Dietitians (VDD) is calling for colleagues from all over Europe - who can speak in German and/or English - who will join in and volunteer in the Health Promotion part at the Special Olympics 2023 in Berlin, coming up this June.

📌 When: 17 - 25 June 2023
⏳ Deadline: January 31st, 2023

 Find out more.


Survey on prescription of artificial nutrition products by dietitians

The practices for the prescription of artificial nutrition products vary from country to country.
Ordem dos Nutricionistas, the Portuguese Regulatory Body for nutritionists/dietitians is studying these different practices, with a focus on the autonomy that clinical nutritionists/dietitians have in the prescription of products designed for nutritional support, including oral nutrition supplements, enteral nutrition formulas and parenteral nutrition solutions in several contexts (hospital, community, etc.).

 Take the 5-min survey


Events and webinars

JPI HDHL webinar  "Food (in)security due to crisis"

The drivers such as conflicts, climate change, COVID-19, the growing world population and rising costs are worsening hunger and famine around the world. Since 2019 the number of those facing acute food insecurity has more than doubled. To prevent the hunger catastrophe and save lives we need to step up!

📌 When: 31 January 2023, 14:30 CET
📍 Where: Online

 Find out more & register.


The 65th German Congress - Interdisciplinary Nutrition Therapy 2023, organized by the German Association of Dietitians (VDD)  – an EFAD member - takes place virtually on 4-6 May 2023.

100+ invited speakers from Germany and abroad will present and discuss the most up-to-date evidence on science and the relevance to evidence best practice. The annual conference devotes to the topic: Nutrition between deficiency and abundance.

The official language of the congress is German.

📌 When: 4 - 6 May 2023
📍 Where: Online

 Find out more & register.


"30th European Congress on Obesity"
17-20 May 2023
Dublin, Ireland

The Abstract, E-Poster and Symposium suggestion submission system is open.

 Find out more and apply.

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