The SNDA membership has grown steadily over the years. We now encompass over 270 members from diverse backgrounds and job scopes. The mission of SNDA is to uphold the professional standards of the Nutrition and Dietetics community by promoting continual growth and professional advancement of the members and close collaboration with relevant industry stakeholders. The association is also committed to reaching out to the public to promote a healthy diet and lifestyle based on credible information on nutrition.
Highlights of our activities:
1. Continuing Professional Development Activities in 2018
SNDA organises a variety of continuing education events yearly to support members in their professional development. To kickstart the 2018, we organised an empowering leadership workshop for our members called “Nutritionists and Dietittians – Strategic Change Catalysts for the Future” conducted by Sylvia Escott-Stump and Dr Beatriz U. Dykes.
On the 24th March 2018, SNDA hosted its 35th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Symposium on food sustainability. The speakers who were invited included representatives from Health Promotion Board and Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore. Our private practice interest group organised its first continuing education event this year which focused on eating disorders. The participants learnt the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in treating patients with eating disorders from an experienced team comprising a dietitian, psychiatrist and a psychologist. On the 1st of September, the metabolic syndrome interest group carried out a mini-symposium addressing multiple topics such as diabetes, medications, microbiome, flash glucose monitoring system and ambulatory glucose profile, circadian rhythm, meal timing and, metabolism. Meanwhile to end this busy yet exciting year, the association is working on curating a symposium on plant–based diets for sports performance and food allergies.
2. Community Engagement Activities in 2018:
In our efforts to improve member engagement and to support the community at large, SNDA embarked on 2 volunteer opportunities this year. This was a fantastic occasion for members to network and connect through activities that supported the community.
Bo Tien Home for the Aged
On 30th June 2018, SNDA Community Volunteers participated in an outreach to a home for the Aged. The volunteers designed a flower making workshop where the older adults and volunteers found an opportunity to bond with one another. There were 6 volunteers and over 10 older adults. This is the 2nd time SNDA has organised an outreach event with the home.
National University of Singapore Public Health Screening Event
On the 13th and 14th of October 2018, SNDA participated as a community partner to support the National University Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in a public health screening event. SNDA supported the event on two fronts: (1) Clinic led by Dietitians and (2) Educational Booth led by Dietitians, Nutritionists and Nutrition Students from Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic respectively. The students were given an opportunity to engage with the community on healthy eating principles and, to learn and network with Nutritionists and Dietitians with hopes to inspire them towards the profession.
We thank our volunteers for all their efforts and contributions thus far!
SNDA’s next community engagement activity will be World Diabetes Day 2018. We will continue our efforts to reach out to the wider community to spread the message of healthy eating and to advocate for evidence-based information on nutrition in the area of preventative health and management of chronic disease.
We hope to strengthen the profession and to remind the public to source for credible nutrition information or get support from an Accredited Dietitian/Nutritionist of Singapore (ADS/ANS).
Karishma J. Surtani, Community Dietitian