EFAD Newsflash: Read the latest dietetic news - oct


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It's EFAD Congress this month!

Register for the Congress to ensure you don’t miss out on our dynamic range of speakers bringing you the very latest in the field of European dietetics.

The programme has been finalised - find out what's happening on each day.

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EFAD Committee applications extended

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

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

The deadline for all applications has been extended to 15 October.

Apply now


Learn more about "Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care"

The kick-off meeting for the 2021 EU Healthy Policy Platform Thematic Networks has now been held, with network leaders presenting the first drafts of their joint statements.

The European Nutrition for Health Alliance presented the thematic network "Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care" - view the presentation here.

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

Learn more


Executive Committee spotlight

Executive Director Wineke Remijnse shares her first update.

Dear colleagues,

It has now been a month since I started as Executive Director for EFAD - and what an exciting month!

I started with a presentation during our EFAD workshop at the International Congress of Dietetics in (virtual) South Africa, followed by the WHO European regional committee meeting (virtual) in Denmark, where we participated in three joint statements.

I then proceeded to help prepare our own, two most important meetings; the upcoming 32nd General Meeting (virtual, October 22) with the delegates of our member associations and higher education institutions (HEIs) and our EFAD Congress, a virtual five-day journey across Europe (October 26-30). This is a fantastic opportunity for professional development and networking. I'm looking forward to meeting you all on our journey through European dietetic excellence!

Meanwhile, I am trying to familiarise myself with everything that happens in EFAD - and I can say that a lot is happening. I was aware of many things, being an EFAD delegate for the Dutch Association for many years, but it’s great to see what’s going on in front of ánd behind the screens. Quite a workload is carried out by dedicated people, bringing new ideas and realising great plans. I am proud to invite you to closely follow developments within EFAD. 

Finally, let me introduce myself. I graduated as a dietitian in the Netherlands. After working for a year in the public health sector, I became a clinical and research dietitian at University Medical Centre Utrecht, the Netherlands. After six years, I made the transition to management and became head of the Dietetic department there. With my team I worked on the further development of advanced dietetics and the introduction of research in dietetic practice. After another six years I became a policy advisor and team manager of Quality & Research at the Dutch Association of Dietitians. My core task was the advocacy and professional development of the dietitian in a broad perspective.

After working for the Dutch Association for 19-and-a-half years, I am honoured to share my experiences with EFAD as the new Executive Director. I look forward to collaborating with dietitians, associations and HEIs and our other partners in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

See you soon!

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From the Journal

Article spotlight: "Bariatric Surgery as the Culprit of Malnutrition"

With at least 2.8 million people dying every year from comorbidities linked to obesity, therapeutic options beyond lifestyle changes are continuing to attract great attention.

Data from the longest study on patients who underwent bariatric surgery showed significant improvement in quality of life and reductions in mortality rates from chronic diseases.

Read the article here



#EUChooseSafeFood aims to explain the role of science in food

Encouraging Europeans to make confident food choices by explaining the critical role played by science in food safety is at the core of the European Food Safety Authority’s new EU Choose Safe Food campaign.

The 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 promotes awareness to 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.


HealthyLifestyle4All Initiative launches

The HealthyLifestyle4All is the European Commission’s two-year campaign that aims to link sport and active lifestyles with health, food and other policies.

Learn more.


5000 alcohol-related cancer deaths could be prevented every year 'by doubling alcohol taxes in the European Region'

An estimated 10,700 new cancer cases and 4,850 alcohol-related cancer deaths could be avoided annually in the WHO European Region by doubling current excise duties on alcoholic beverages, says World Health Organization (WHO) Europe.

Read the full story.


Implementing fiscal and pricing policies to promote healthy diets: a review of contextual factors

WHO is in the process of developing evidence-informed policy guidelines on the food environment, including fiscal and pricing policies.

This review on contextual factors, to be considered in the implementation of fiscal and pricing policies, was prepared as part of the required process for WHO guideline development.


FrieslandCampina Institute e-learnings available

FrieslandCampina Institute provides nutrition and health professionals with practical educational tools such as e-learnings. These e-learnings have been developed in collaboration with experts in their field and various professional associations, and are available for free.

Most of the e-learnings are endorsed or accredited by professional associations, with others available for self-learning.

Find out more and get started.


Raising awareness of cardiovascular disease

An estimated 520 million people globally are currently living with cardiovascular disease (CVD), including heart disease and stroke - with CVD remaining the world’s leading cause of death.

International Sweeteners Association has joined the World Heart Federation to raise awareness about the actions that each one of us can take to prevent and control CVD.

Find out more.


EUFIC launches campaign to combat food loss and waste

EUFIC has launched a month-long social media action and awareness campaign, which began on the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction promoted by FAO on 29 September.

Find out more and read their latest news.

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Call for submissions

2021 EU Health Award

The European Commission has launched the 2021 EU Health Award on the following topics:

  • Cancer prevention: rewarding initiatives of cities, NGOs (or other civil society organisations) and educational institutions seeking to promote communication and health literacy on cancer prevention among children and young people (6 to 24 years old).
  • Mental health: rewarding community-based initiatives alleviating the mental health impact of COVID-19.

Check the criteria and present details of your initiative by 30 November, using this online submission form.

The winners and shortlisted in each category will receive prizes ranging from €1,500 to €30,000. 


World Cancer Research Fund grant programme

The World Cancer Research Fund is looking for research projects on the links between diet, nutrition (including body composition) and physical activity and cancer.

The deadline for applications is 16 November. Find out more and apply.


Events and webinars

3rd National Forum for Responsible Nutrition
19 October
4pm CET

This forum is an initiative of the General Council of Official Associations of Dietitians-Nutritionists and the Spanish Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It is to generate debate, reflection and knowledge about food systems so we can help to create healthier, fairer and more sustainable systems in the future.

The third edition, within the framework of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, focuses on the objective of promoting the consumption of fruits and vegetables, produced in a sustainable way, between children and young people. 

Access 12 lectures by experts, with the chance to ask questions.

EFAD Newsflash readers can sign up for free using code SOSTENIBLE2021.

Register now.


Eat Better for My Health: Eating before, during and after cancer webinar
19 October
6pm - 7.30pm CET

This interactive webinar is organised by the International Centre for Research on Cancer/World Health Organization (IARC) and the Centre Léon Bérard (CLB) in Lyon.

Speakers: Aline Al Nahas, PhD student in nutrition at IARC and Dr Antoine Pierre, medical nutritionist at the CLB.

A 'culinary interlude' will be provided by the Lyonnais chef Grégory Cuilleron and Alix Goerens, dietitian at the CLB. You may not be able to taste the healthy foods at this virtual event, but you can ask experts questions and engage in online discussion!

Register here.

Whole Grain Summit 2021
25 - 27 October

The 7th Whole Grain Summit, "From Science to Global application", will be held as an online event and will allow interaction with whole grain experts from around the world.

Find out more and register here.


European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) Life Long Learning (LLL) course: “Nutritional Support in Cancer”
30 October
11am - 2.15pm CET


During the EFAD Conference, a team of experts in the field of oncology will discuss the state-of-the-art in multimodal therapy - including nutritional therapy and dietary counselling - in patients with cancer.

EFAD has a close collaboration with ESPEN. The ESPEN LLL programme offers online training and live courses using a variety of modern training methodologies and resources. 

Each topic successfully completed online grants four to six CME credits. Credit accumulation gives the opportunity to apply for final examination for the ESPEN Diploma in Clinical Nutrition. 

For more information, visit the ESPEN LLL website.

Registration is open until 21 October.


SCOPE School Global: Obesity & Diabetes
1 - 2 December
9.30am - 12.30pm CET

The aim of this event is to understand the connection between diabetes and obesity and learn about clinical approaches to prevention and optimal management, including treatment barriers and strategies to ensure durable benefits.

The SCOPE School is hosted by World Obesity Federation in conjunction with the International Diabetes Federation.

Find out more and register.

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