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EFAD Newsflash: Read the latest dietetic news - July2
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Article spotlight - "Detection and Management of Malnutrition in Primary Care"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.