EFAD Newsflash: Read the latest dietetic news - July2



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Which EFAD Congress sessions will you attend?

We have put together an exciting range of expert and dynamic speakers for this year's Congress. The congress theme is “The Vital Link To Health” and we will be exploring all aspects of this over five vibrant virtual days on 26 to 30 October.
Immerse yourself in an outstanding virtual experience and discover the attractive registration rates available here.

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Join us for Students’ Days 2021 at the EFAD Congress

This year’s theme will be “Dietitians of Tomorrow”. After listening carefully to your feedback last year we decided to complement it further this year, not only by empowering you, but giving you the practical knowledge that every future dietitian should have in their everyday practice.

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EFAD-PROMISS high-protein recipe booklet is now available

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This recipe booklet was created from entries to the High-Protein Meal for Older Adults Competition which EFAD organised for the PROMISS dissemination work package.

The booklet aims to support dietitians in their everyday practice and inspire the elderly to create healthy high-protein meals.

Access it here


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EFAD Student of the Year Award open for applications

The award has been created to celebrate the highest achieving student during the academic year 2020/21.

If you are or were a BSc or MSc nutrition or dietetics student - and you are a member of a National Dietetic Association or studying at a Higher Education Institution that is a member of EFAD - please apply for the chance to be named EFAD's Student of the Year!

There are great prizes on offer, including a €100 Amazon voucher and free registration to the 13th EFAD Congress.

Find out how to apply here

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Spotlight: ESDN for Public Health Committee

An update on what the committee has been working on.

2021 has been a very productive year. Thanks to the commitment of members Teresa Rodrigues, Amanda Avery, Elena Carrillo, Begüm Kalyoncu, Claudia Afonso and Manuel Moñino, the group has participated in many European projects and public consultations.

  • EFAD became an observer member of the CODEX Alimentarius this year, which we have led on. We have participated in two standards consultations so far: food allergen labelling and follow-up formula.
  • Our Nutrient Profile policy fact sheet has been published.
  • We moved forward with a fiscal measures policy paper and a guideline to promote healthy snacks based on the nutrient profiling model in collaboration with the ESDN Obesity Committee.
  • We are part of the advisory board for Sustainable Dietary Patterns for the upcoming EFAD education platform.
  • We wrote an article on "Food Insecurity and Malnutrition" for the Kompass Nutrition & Dietetics journal, which you can read here.
  • We led on the European Public Health Week partnership with EUPHA and organised a webinar on "All for one health", with more than 300 attendees, which you can watch back here.
  • The FOOD-EPI project we participated in issued its final report.
  • We produced a position on the newly launched EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices and a response to the European Commission public consultation on Facilitating healthier food choices – establishing nutrient profiles and front-of-package nutrition labelling.
  • We answered two WHO consultations, "Total fat intake for adults and children" and the call to support the European Programme of Work (2020-2025) - “United Action for Better Health in Europe” .
  • We also responded to a prioritisation survey for the development of a science-informed guideline on the integrated management of infants and young children obesity.

Find out more about us on the EFAD website here.


From the Journal

Article spotlight - "Detection and Management of Malnutrition in Primary Care"

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Once identified, malnutrition can be effectively treated in the majority of cases with dietary advice and the prescription of oral nutritional supplements (ONS) for patients who can eat and drink orally.

However, previous research has reported inadequate screening and treatment of malnutrition in the community.

The aim of this qualitative study was to explore general practitioners’ experiences and opinions on the management of malnutrition and the prescription of ONS in the primary care/community setting in Ireland.

Read the article here



EU overweight statistics graph

More than half of EU adults are overweight

While 45% of adults living in the EU had a normal weight in 2019, slightly more than half (53%) were considered as overweight (36% pre-obese and 17% obese) and almost 3% as underweight, according to their body mass index.

View the full findings here.


World Obesity Federation shares new features for obesity prevalence maps

There are now downloadable maps available with survey-based prevalence data, obesity-related drivers and comorbidities, comparable estimated prevalence data, and more. Access the maps here.


EU report on children and food marketing published

The final report for the "Study on the exposure of children to linear, non-linear and online marketing of foods high in fat, salt or sugar" is now available.

You can access it here.


WHO: Taking action to prevent noncommunicable diseases

WHO has launched two pilot projects focusing on improving school nutrition policies and interventions in primary health care in selected countries. The projects aim to support the effective implementation of evidence-based interventions and policies for tackling noncommunicable diseases.

Find out more here.


WHO shares new figures on the link between alcohol and cancer

In 2020, more than 740,000 new cases of cancer were associated with alcohol consumption.

A new global study, carried out by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and published by The Lancet Oncology, reveals the risks for heavy and moderate drinking patterns, as well as the most common alcohol-related cancer types.

Read the article here.


What effect has COVID-19 had on maternal and child undernutrition and child mortality in low- and middle-income countries?

Standing Together for Nutrition Consortium (ST4N) research on the COVID-19 crisis and maternal and child undernutrition and child mortality was published in Nature Food last week.

Dr. Saskia Osendarp, Executive Director of Micronutrient Forum and ST4N co-convenor said: "The findings of the research estimate that an unprecedented nutrition crisis is looming, with the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating in many low- and middle-income countries.

"An additional 13.6 million children are at risk of acute malnutrition, and 3.6 million more children may be stunted by 2022. This will have an everlasting impact on their lives, families and countries from one generation to the next.

"Unfortunately, like in any crisis, women and children are disproportionally affected. We have solutions to correct the course and must include them in COVID-19 recovery planning."

Read the article here.


Listen to Health's Kitchen - On Air 

Over the last three years, Austria-based dietitian Lena Gießwein has recorded a number of programmes on nutrition topics as a monthly radio show.

Find out more and listen back to the broadcasts, which are in German, here.

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Calls for submissions

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Final call: BNF Drummond Early Career Scientist Award 2021

The award recognises early career nutrition scientists who show great potential to be future leaders in the field. The closing date for applications is 1 August and applications from all countries are welcome.

Find out more here.

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