EFAD Newsflash: Read the latest dietetic news - dec3

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Strategic Plan 2022-2026 unveiled

We are proud to announce the EFAD Strategic Plan 2022-2026.

The new Strategic Plan shows our mission, vision and ambitions which contribute to our overall aim that every European citizen should have access to nutritional and dietary advice.

Our ambitions are to Lead to impact health of European citizens, Build to support and serve our members and Connect to advocate and promote our profession.  

Over the next couple of months, we will discuss the future working plans of EFAD and our standing committees and dietetic specialist networks (ESDNs). The Strategic Plan helps us to continue previous projects and lead us on building an organization that remains fit for purpose.  

We cordially invite you to read the Strategic Plan 2022-2026 and we’ll keep you informed about the future projects.


EFAD Congress of Dietetics, a vital link to health 

A five-day virtual journey through four different countries and a broad variety of topics made last week's European Congress of Dietetics a fantastic opportunity for professional development and networking.

This virtual conference was a brand new way for EFAD to connect dietitians and to share their knowledge from all over Europe and even worldwide. Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..

Many thanks to everybody who contributed to and made this event happen.

Remember, participants can watch the presentations back on demand until February 2022.


General Meeting update

EFAD held its 32nd General Meeting on 22 October. Full members adopted the EFAD Strategic Plan 2022-2026, a new Role Paper about Sports Dietitians, a factsheet on Nutrient Profile Models and the EFAD Policy Paper on Sustainable Dietary Patterns.

Congratulations to our newest Honorary Member, Judith Liddell, who has proudly served EFAD and the profession for more than two decades.

Jose Tiebie was elected as Chair of the Professional Practice Committee (PPC) as Constantina Papoutsakis stepped down. Tina has done a fantastic job since the PPC was set up in 2012 and we wish Jose the best of luck in the role.

Fiona McCullough has been re-elected as Chair of the Education and Lifelong Learning Committee.

Observant readers may have noticed a change to our logo at the top of the Newsflash. Say hello to the new look of EFAD!

EFAD is currently working on a new website along with our new branding. Adopted papers and other new information on EFAD will be presented on the new website, which we will be able to share with you soon.

So, keep an eye out for more news!


Students' Days a success once again

More than 100 students attended, interacted and networked at this year's ENDietS Students’ Days on 22 and 23 October.

With the theme of “Dietitians of Tomorrow”, the event encouraged students to unite their voices and achieve great things. It emphasized the importance of networking when it comes to education, internship, career, and experience opportunities.

The ENDietS Executive Committee would like to thank all the attendees, the speakers, and the EFAD Executive Committee for being on the students’ side, supporting their rights and needs #bettertogether.

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From the Journal

Third edition of Kompass Nutrition & Dietetics published

This issue of Kompass Nutrition and Dietetics focuses on the topic of e-health and nutrition.

The World Health Organization describes 'e-health' as a broadly defined group of activities, computer applications, and/or services that utilize electronic means to deliver health-related information, resources, and services.

Enjoy learning more about e-health and use this issue to get inspired as to ways you can use e-health to enhance your daily practice!

Read the latest edition for free


Other news

New EASO report: What’s missing in the EU Research Agenda?

The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) has released a number of recommendations for policy and health decision-makers on health outcomes through the lens of obesity.

Developed in consultation with a total of 32 key organisations including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the report identifies critical gaps in the EU Research Agenda which must be addressed to better support understanding, prevention, treatment, and management of obesity as a non-communicable disease.

Find out more and read the full report.


Food Systems Summit Dialogues analysed

The latest Member State Dialogue Synthesis consolidates the outcomes of 446 national Dialogues held by 105 Member States.

These Dialogues brought together over 46,000 participants from multiple sectors and diverse viewpoints to engage and collaborate in building more sustainable food systems good for people, planet, and prosperity.

Read the full report here.


Fruit and vegetables celebrated in 2021 - but messages remain relevant beyond

The International Year of Fruit and Vegetables is nearing its end, but the sound advice this year-long initiative sought to share remains valid.

Eating a varied diet that includes lots of fruit and vegetables is a key component of a healthy lifestyle and greatly reduces the risk of getting many non-communicable diseases, including cancer.

Read more about the initiative's aims and messages here.


European Parliament recommends plans for healthier and more sustainable food production


MEPs have presented plans to revamp the EU’s food systems, to produce healthier food, ensure food security, a fair income for farmers and reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint.

Find out more.


Commissioner Kyriakides addresses World Cancer Leaders' Summit

Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides presented Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan at this year's World Cancer Leaders' Summit in an opening keynote speech.

She said: "Europe has less than a tenth of the world’s population, yet accounts for a quarter of all cancer cases.

"Around 40% of cancer cases in the EU are preventable; however, only 3% of health budgets are spent on health promotion and disease prevention.

"It is about preventing the preventable, also for the benefit of other major non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes."

Read the full speech here and find out more about Europe's Beating Cancer Plan here.


Choosing environmentally friendly diets

The new Nordic Nutrition Recommendations for 2022 aim to promote sustainable diets in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - and inspire countries beyond the Nordic region to consider sustainability aspects as part of their dietary guidelines.

Read more on the WHO Europe website.


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

nutritionDay worldwide
4 November

Join the ESPEN worldwide initiative on malnutrition and nutrition care in hospitals and nursing homes.

The aim of nutritionDay worldwide is to improve knowledge and awareness of malnutrition in health care institutions and to overall enhance the quality of nutritional care.

Find out more.


EPHA webinar: "Towards a childhood free from unhealthy food marketing"
9 November
3pm - 4.30pm CET

The evidence is clear: unhealthy food marketing affects what children eat, and ultimately, their health and wellbeing.
This event will discuss a blueprint Directive to comprehensively tackle young people’s exposure to health-harmful food marketing. Join the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) to explore what the EU can actually do to protect children’s rights and health.

Find out more and register.


International Whole Grain Day webinars

"Whole Grains: A Game Changer for Public and Planetary Health – Can the Slovenian experience inspire Europe to address its leading dietary risk factor?"
9 November
2pm - 3.55pm CET

"Whole Grains: It's Time to Act for You and the Planet"
16 November
3.30pm - 5pm CET

The International Whole Grain Day is a whole-day celebration aimed at getting to know more about whole grains and discovering how good they are for our health and planetary well-being. 

On 9 November, the virtual policy roundtable will bring together high-level speakers, including policymakers, academics, healthcare professionals and patient representatives to discuss whole grains as a key component of healthy and sustainable diets, and how policy initiatives, underpinned by rigorous science, can help to increase the alarmingly low levels of whole grain intake in Europe. Register here.

The webinar on 16 November will celebrate the third edition of the International Whole Grain Day. Register here.

Among the speakers will be Manuel Moñino, Lead of EFAD's ESDN for Public Health.


Alpro Foundation Annual Online Symposium
17 November
2pm - 6.20pm CET


Changing behaviour: from policy to table

Moving the Dial towards Healthy Sustainable Diets

Our food choices and dietary behaviour are having a big impact on our health and that of our planet. But changing people’s habits is notoriously difficult – so what should the approach be if we are to improve, for the sake of both health and sustainability?

During this half day e-symposium, Alpro Foundation welcomes international experts to explore policies, along with scientific insights into how to nudge people into new habits. Topics also include different ways of communicating with consumers about healthier and more sustainable diets.

Register for free now.


Webinar: The EU Mission on Cancer and the Europe's Beating Cancer Plan
24 November
3.30pm - 5pm CET


The Mission on Cancer launched in September and aims to improve the lives of more than three million people by 2030 through prevention, cure and for those affected by cancer including their families, to live longer and better.

This webinar will cover the Mission on Cancer, what it intends to deliver and how, and information on the implementation of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan.

Register here.


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.


British Nutrition Foundation webinar - Hungry or full: Responsive feeding in young children
14 December
2pm - 3pm CET


High rates of childhood obesity have focused attention on the role of early feeding practices and healthy dietary habits. 

This free webinar will explore this important area in early years nutrition looking at what we mean by responsive feeding, why is it important in developing healthy eating habits and for weight management in later childhood and what may be needed to support caregivers to adopt this approach.

Watch it live or back on demand after registering.

Register here.

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