EFAD Newsflash: Read the latest dietetic news - dec2


Join us for a webinar on sustainability

EFAD welcomes you to the third webinar on "Sustainable & Healthy Diets", "Revision of Current Food-Based Dietary Guidelines and Policy Required". The webinar takes place on 16 December at 6pm CET.

These webinars are part of the resources of the online course launching soon. The initiative is supported by unrestricted educational grants from Nestle and Danone.

In this webinar, Dr. Ana Islas Ramos from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations will update us on how Food-Based Dietary Guidelines are developed and implemented to improve their effectiveness and integrate sustainability. Prof. Rune Blomhoff will go through how the Nordic and Baltic countries integrated sustainability into health-based diet guidelines.

Register for free here.


EFAD endorses the inclusion of whole grain in front-of-pack nutrition labelling

EFAD has endorsed an open letter to the European Commission to ensure that whole grains are included into any Front-of-Pack Nutrition Labelling (FOPNL) to be proposed.

The letter from Whole Grain Initiative says: "FOPNL encourages individuals to make informed dietary choices by providing simplified information on the key nutritional characteristics of food products based on scientific criteria.

"It is important that there is greater alignment between FOPNL systems and evidence-based dietary guidelines, as well as national health and nutrition policies to truly empower people in identifying healthier options.

"Notably, whole grains are often included in food-based dietary guidelines but often excluded from FOPNL.

"There is consistent evidence that regular consumption of whole grains (around three servings per day) is associated with a lower risk of developing noncommunicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers."

The letter has been endorsed by more than 30 MEPs and organizations across Europe.

Read the letter in full here.


PROMISS project for healthy ageing draws to a close

With the European population growing older, there is a challenge to keep an increasing number of seniors across all European countries healthy and active. In Europe, between a fifth and a half of all older adults living at home are malnourished or at risk of protein energy malnutrition.

PROMISS was created to better understand and ultimately prevent protein energy malnutrition in seniors - and contribute to improve active and healthy ageing.

The PROMISS project has been reviewed and considered complete, as all the objectives were fully achieved. The scientific results of the project highlight the importance of an optimal protein intake for the prevention of malnutrition and the maintenance of physical functioning during the aging process, especially in old age.

The final reviewers of the project said: "PROMISS is a flagship of European cooperation, an excellent example for transfer of evidence-based scientific research into practice and having positively impacted older persons’ health in Europe."

All the developed materials and reports will be available on the PROMISS website for five years. A recipe booklet can be downloaded from the EFAD website.

EFAD has been a proud partner of PROMISS since 2016.


Share your current research involvement in our survey

EFAD’s Research and Evidence Based Practice Committee would like to understand dietitians' research capacity and involvement across Europe.

Please complete the five minute survey to share your experience. 


Office closure

The EFAD office will be closed between 20 December and 5 January. We wish you an enjoyable festive break and kindly ask all our colleagues and stakeholders to send their email updates after 5 January.


From the Journal

Older Adults’ Understanding of Nutrition

Involving the patient in their own treatment to meet nutritional needs and encourage self-management is an interesting approach; however, studies are limited in this area, especially for hospitalized older patients.

With the introduction of digital services, new technology has become available that can be of advantage to patients with regard to nutritional self-management.

Read this knowledge transfer here


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EU pledges €2.5 billion to combat malnutrition with partner countries

The European Commission announced a new pledge of €2.5 billion for 2021-2024 to reduce all forms of malnutrition.

This contribution covers humanitarian assistance to address urgent needs as well as support to tackle the underlying causes of malnutrition, including a longer-term food systems transformation in EU partner countries.

This vital assistance will be directed to support partner countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, prioritizing nutrition in their cooperation with the EU.

Find out more.


Eat Well Global shares first Impact Report

Eat Well Global is a highly specialized, nutrition communications consultancy with a mission to empower global change agents in food and nutrition, through 360-degree insights, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement.

This annual report looks retrospectively at its impact in 2020 and presents impact ambitions for 2021 and beyond.


Events and webinars

EFAD webinar: Sustainable & Healthy Diets
16 December
6pm - 7pm CET

EFAD welcomes you to the third webinar on "Sustainable & Healthy Diets", "Revision of Current Food-Based Dietary Guidelines and Policy Required".

Register for free here.


OPEN-EU webinar - Taking resilience to the next level: Obesity in European Health Data Space (EHDS)
10 January 2022
11am - 12.30pm CET

The MEP Interest Group on Obesity and Health System Resilience and the Obesity Policy Engagement Network-EU look forward to welcoming you to their joint-conference. 

Hosted by the MEP Group chairs, MEP Pernille Weiss and Susanna Solis Perez, the event will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the eagerly awaited publication of the European Commission’s Proposal for a European Health Data Space.

Register here.


Thematic Network webinar: Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care
20 January 2022
11am - 12.30pm CET

Save the date for the first webinar of the Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care Thematic Network: “Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care: A joint approach to policy and practice”, hosted by the European Health Policy Platform.

Register for free here.


2022 EASO Early Career Network Winter School
9 - 11 February 2022

The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) offers a variety of training opportunities annually for experienced health professionals, researchers and new professionals.

The Programme for 2022 will focus on ‘Hot Topics in Obesity’ with sessions addressing key issues in research, treatment and public health. Teaching will be interactive and delivered by European experts, and include both lectures and practical training. Poster sessions will form an important part of the school, allowing participants to present and discuss their own work with senior colleagues.

There are 30 places on offer - registration is free and accommodation and meals are provided.

Find out more and apply - the deadline is 29 December.


Calls for submissions

EASO Early Career Awards

Four EASO Early Career Network (ECN) Awards will be presented at ECO2022 – in Basic Science, Clinical Research, Public Health and Childhood Obesity Research. Plus, there is a Best Thesis Award available to enter.

The Early Career Network (ECN) Awards recognise ‘rising stars’ in the field of obesity through their contributions in these fields and are highly regarded across the scientific community.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2022 and winners will be announced in March 2022.

Find out more and apply.


World Obesity Day Europe - Award Submissions 

EASO and the European Coalition for People Living with Obesity (ECPO) are pleased to announce the 2022 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.

You are encouraged to enter the awards yourself or on behalf of your organization, but you can also nominate others for any of the award categories:

  • The EASO Award for The Best National Training Programme
  • The ECPO Award for The Best Patient Engagement Programme
  • The ECPO Award for The Best Public Engagement Programme
  • The EASO Award for The Best Collaborative Project

The closing date for entries is 2 May 2022 and initiatives can have taken place, or have started, at any time during the previous 10 months. Find out more and apply here.

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