ICDA Board of Directors
From Sandra Capra, Chair of the ICDA Board of Directors
Welcome to 2015! We hope the year has started well for you. The Board met in person in November, 2014 and covered a broad array of activities. Perhaps the most significant one, as foreshadowed in the last newsletter, is the work that we commenced on reviewing the definition of a dietitian, the educational standards and the commencement of work on an international recognition process
World Water Day 22 March
ICDA supports World Water Day and the fundamental role water plays in health and wellbeing. National Dietetic Associations and individual members are encouraged to use the opportunity to showcase the role they play in the sustainability of water and food.
National Dietetic Association Reports
News from Argentina
During 2014, AADYND (Asociación Argentina de Dietistas y Nutricionistas Dietistas, meaning Argentinean Association of Dietitians and Nutritionists Dietitians) has been very active. It started in April with a series of events, organizing “AADYND Entrepreneurship” where the association´s journal DIAETA was presented in its digital form, the new website was launched, the 2014 Scientific Committee Calendar was presented and dietitian Viviana Wons exhibited her book “Consejos Prácticos para una Alimentación Saludable” , which was reviewed by AADYND and printed with the collaboration of a food industry sponsor.
Dietitians Association of Australia: new advertising campaign ‘fuels fabulous’!
In late 2014 the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) launched an innovative new advertising campaign encouraging Australians to seek advice and support from an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) to ‘Fuel Fabulous’.
Physical Exercise combined with a Balanced Diet in Wipptal, Austria
Given the fact that a substantial proportion of health insurance costs are due to lifestyle in countries like Austria and Germany, numerous projects and initiatives have been launched to bring to the population the basics of a healthy lifestyle in recent years. At the suggestion and in cooperation with German tourism experts the Tourism Association Wipptal, Austria developed a concept for disease prevention vacations.
Smart Phone Apps from Dietitians of Canada Improve Access to Dietitians
Dietitians of Canada, with support from the Public Health Agency of Canada as well as corporate partners, developed and launched two free smart phone apps in 2014. These two apps, Cookspiration™and eaTracker®,were specifically designed to support and complement the work of dietitians, improving access to dietitians and our evidence-based nutrition information. Dietitians of Canada’s first app, eatipster®, was launched in 2012.
Tharparkar Relief Camp by Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society (PNDS)
Tharparkar district has the lowest Human Development Index in Sindh Province in Pakistan. As a result of famine and drought in Tharparkar, at least 464 children have died during the last nine months, including children less than five years old. Malnutrition, low birth weight, lack of emergency medical support and proper care at home were cited as the main causes for this huge death toll. PNDS realizing its social responsibility decided to set-up a Relief Camp at Tharparkar district in order to assess the nutrition situation, availability of food and related resources.
Update from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA
Following the fall 2014 House of Delegates Meeting, 27 delegates participated in a Food Bank Event, sorting and packaging food and non-food donations for distribution to local food pantries. The updated Academy Position Paper, Food and Water Safety, was published in the November 2014 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In addition, a Position Paper and Practice Paper, both entitled Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding, will be published in March 2015.
Position Statement from ICDA
ICDA will be producing a position statement to coincide with World Water Day on the 22nd March 2015.
USA’s Free International Directory for Dietetic Professionals and Students
This free 100-page directory is designed for use by practitioners, graduates with baccalaureate (higher education) or graduate degrees in nutrition (biomedical), food, dietetics, public health, agriculture, foodservice management, food science, food science technology and related areas.
Awards and Grants
Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim ICDA Welcome Fund
Colgate Palmolive Fellowship in Nutrition, Oral Health/Dental Education
Calendar of Events
32nd Dietitians Association of Australia National Conference
13-16 May 2015, Perth, Australia.
Dietitians of Canada National Conference: Stronger Together
June 4 – 6, 2015, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
33rd International Symposium on Diabetes and Nutrition
June 10-12, 2015, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
XVII Congress of the Latin American Society of Nutrition
November 8-12, 2015, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.