EFAD Newsflash: Read the latest dietetic news - nov


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EFAD ESDN Diabetes experts contribute to World Diabetes Day

Sunday 14 November was World Diabetes Day, a global awareness day to highlight the condition which affects 537 million adults worldwide. The theme for this year was 'Access to patient care'.

International Sweeteners Association (ISA) worked with the EFAD European Specialist Dietetic Network (ESDN) for Diabetes to produce a series of video interviews to further highlight the crucial role dietitians and nutritionists can play. The videos aim to raise awareness of diabetes - and the need for greater access to care, including nutrition care, around the world.

ESDN Diabetes members Dr Haris Dimosthenopoulos, MMedSci., PhD, Clinical Dietitian (Greece), Dr Zoe Pafili, RD, PhD, Clinical Dietitian (Greece), Dr Maria Vasiloglou M(Med)Sc, PhD, Dietitian-Nutritionist (Switzerland) and Marina Armellini, Dietitian (Italy) all took part.

Watch the full compilation on ISA's YouTube channel here.


In case you missed it...

Check out EFAD's new Strategic Plan 2022-2026, which was published at the end of last month.

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.


From the Journal

Digital Health for Optimal Supportive Care in Oncology: Benefits, Limits, and Future Perspectives

Digital health provides solutions that capture 
pa­tient-reported outcomes and allows symptom monitoring and patient management.

These digital solutions can be integrated into routine supportive care in oncology practice to provide improved patient-centered care.

Read this review article here

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Committee spotlight: Research and Evidence Based Practice Committee (REBPC) 

An update on what the REBPC has been working on.

Project updates

REBPC has been busy developing a research project over the past year and we are delighted to launch it this week.

The project aims to look at research capacity and involvement at the individual and department level among the nutrition and dietetics workforce across Europe. It builds on the work settings survey and report that the REBPC produced in 2020. 

We are looking for dietitians across Europe to give us around five minutes of their time to complete this simple survey.


REBPC has been successful in obtaining funding for a research project looking at European Dietetic Innovations in Routine Practice in response to COVID-19. The project work will commence shortly and we will keep EFAD members up to date as the project progresses.

Other news 

  • We are delighted to be welcoming returning committee member Associate Professor Meropi Kontogianni and new member Dr Elizabete Ramos.
  • Dr Ludivine Soguel has joined the Editorial Board at Kompass Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • REBPC Chair Associate Professor Sharleen O’Reilly was delighted to see the EFAD Congress so well received at the end of October... as she had been kept busy in her additional role as Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee.


Nutrition and COVID-19 recovery knowledge hub launches

A new ‘one stop shop’ has been launched to help people manage post-COVID symptoms through nutritional care.

The Nutrition and COVID-19 recovery knowledge hub is hosted by EFAD Education Associate Member, the University of Plymouth, and supported by the British Dietetic Association General Education Trust.

Aimed at health professionals and the general public alike, it’s the only resource of its kind – enabling people with ongoing difficulties to find evidence-based nutritional resources, advice on symptoms and answers to common questions online.

Learn more and access the hub here.


ESPEN guideline on hospital nutrition

In hospitals throughout Europe and worldwide, hospital diet practices are not consistent. Prescriptions are mostly based on arbitrary non-scientific reasons or caregivers’ personal beliefs. This can lead to decreased energy delivery and increased risk of malnutrition.

The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) Guideline on Hospital Nutrition has been published, which proposes evidence-based recommendations in order to:

  • Improve medical, dietetic and nurse prescriptions of hospital diets.
  • Reduce the risk of hospital malnutrition.
  • Improve awareness of ALL hospital staff (including directions) towards the pivotal role of nutritional care at hospital.

Read the guideline here.


Are diets that are better for the planet also better for our health?

Scientists from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Imperial College London, and partner institutions have found that diets including foods that require higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions or that require larger areas of land for their production are associated with higher rates of all-cause mortality, cause-specific mortality, and cancer.

The results were published in The Lancet Planetary Health. Read the full story.


Stay up-to-date with the Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care thematic network

The European Nutrition for Health Alliance's "Integrated Nutrition Cancer Care" was chosen as one of three 2021 Thematic Networks on the EU Health Policy Platform earlier this year.

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

Check out the latest on the network here (sign-up required), including the initial proposal and background documents from the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute.


Nutrition app aimed at giving cancer patients nutritional guidance launches

Nutrition for digestive cancer patients is a very important factor for them while traversing treatment and recovery.

Between 40 to 80% of cancer patients are in a state of malnutrition, which leads to poorer quality of life, possible negative effects on treatment efficacy and how well patients are able to tolerate their treatments. 

Zest Cancer is an evidence-based personalized nutrition platform that aims to improve cancer patients’ quality of life and nutritional status.

Read more about the new app.


Commissioner Kyriakides: "We can build so much with technology and digitalization in the area of health"

Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, speaking at the 2021 Web Summit in Lisbon, believes the pandemic showed us how we can use tech in healthcare, and that the digital economy will play a major role in Europe’s recovery. Watch the interview here.


European Public Health Alliance: Discovering the role of food environments for sustainable food systems

This policy briefing, written in the framework of the EU Food Policy Coalition, describes the central role that food environments play in shaping food consumption and their potential to leverage a healthy food system transformation.

It presents a vision for enabling food environments and calls on public authorities to step up their role by identifying seven areas for action.

Find out more and read the briefing in full.


Call for submissions

Final call: 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. 


Events and webinars

ESDN Diabetes Webinar: Medical and Nutrition therapy in Gestational Diabetes 
23 November
7pm CET


Join EFAD's ESDN Diabetes for three presentations:

  1. Gestational Diabetes: The medical approach
  2. Medical Nutrition Therapy in Gestational diabetes Mellitus: scientific evidence
  3. Is the role of dietitian essential for women living with GDM or followiong the basic nutritional guidelines is just enough?

Find out more about each presentation and register for free here.


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.


EFAD webinar: "Nuts and Nutri-Score: could they get along better? Bridging the gap between dietary guidelines and intakes"
1 December
6pm - 7pm CET


During this webinar, we will hear from our expert speakers, Dr Emilio Ros on the health benefits of consuming nuts and Professor Jean-Michel Lecerf, on the Nutri-Score front-of-pack labelling scheme. We will see that despite all their nutritional and health benefits, nuts and nut content in food products are not adequately considered by the Nutri-Score.

Thanks to General Mills for supporting this webinar.

Register for free 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.


Joint EASO/EFAD webinar: Just add water! An Introduction to Hydration for Healthcare Professionals
8 December
4pm CET

Hydration Trainers will share practical information, tools and advice for Healthcare Professionals with you via an interactive and engaging format, with questions to our panel of trainers encouraged throughout.

We hope you can join us for this interesting and informative session, in collaboration with The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO).

Register for free here.


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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