• Dietetics and Nutrition Around the World

    The ICDA newsletter features reports from member national dietetics associations about advances in dietetics and association news as well as announcements of awards, events, and resources and feature articles of interest to the international community of Dietitians and Nutritionists.

    Dietetics and Nutrition Around the World is published three times a year - in March, July and November.The due date for submission of articles is January 31, May 31 and September 30.

    2016 Vol.23 Issue 3

    November 2016


    ICDA Board of Directors


    New Chair of the ICDA Board

    Marsha Sharp, RD, MSc was re-elected as ICDA Director 2016 – 2020, and the new ICDA Board has appointed her as its Chair.

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    From Marsha Sharp, Chair of ICDA Board of Directors

    The 17th International Congress of Dietetics (ICD) Granada, Spain is over, but not done! On behalf of ICDA colleagues, I am expressing congratulations to the Congress President, Giuseppe Russolillo and his Team, for a high quality, fun, and authentic ICD on the theme “Going to Sustainable Eating”.

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    Feature Article


    The Evolving Profession of the Dietitian-Nutritionist

    To achieve its mission ICDA needs an understanding of the status of dietetics and the NDA in member countries and conducts a survey of the Education and Work of Dietitian-Nutritionists every 4 years for presentation at each International Congress. A Report of the 2016 survey will be published on the ICDA website later this year.

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    Feature Article


    Encomiums for Sandra Capra – from fellow ICDA directors

    Fellow ICD Board directors - Irene Mackay, Marsha Sharp, Mary-Ann Soerensen, Carole Middleton, Teiji Nakamura, Sheela Krishnaswamy, and Niva Shapira - recall working with past chair, Sandra Capra.

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    Launching AFDA Website

    We are happy to announce the launch of newly designed website for AFDA on the Asian Dietitians Day - Sept. 19, 2016. September 19 was chosen because it commemorates the founding of AFDA in 1991.

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    ICD 2016 at Granada, Spain


    Judith Rodriguez – USA

    The ICD 2016 was a wonderful learning, social, and professional development and personal experience in 5 ways... 

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    Sylvie Borloz – Switzerland

    Granada ICD 2016 was a great experience for me as Swiss Dietetic Association representative. It was good to meet colleagues at the ICDA meetings before the congress, and also during the congress especially during coffee breaks.  

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    Thérèse Libert – France

    The 17th ICD in the beautiful city of Granada in Spain was an opportunity for dietitians from 45 countries around the world to meet with the same objective of moving dietetics forward. We benefitted from an excellent scientific program under the theme “Going to sustainable eating”.

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    Maryke Gallagher – South Africa

    ICD 2016 in Granada has been an event that we as the Association of Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) have been looking forward to for such a long time. Not only was it an opportunity for us to learn from and engage with colleagues from around the world, but we got to show case and present our own beautiful country, South Africa. .

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    Danielle Gallegos – Australia

    Over 50 Australian delegates made their way to Granada to catch up with old dietetic friends and to make new ones. Spain did not disappoint! From the fantastic Flamenco dancing and opera singing at the opening ceremony to a wonderful program which had something for everyone.   

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    Melanie McGrice – Australia

    I had the privilege of attending the International Congress of Dietetics in the beautiful Granada, Spain recently. Very few dietitians travelled as far as us Aussies did; it took me nearly 30 hours from leaving my home in Melbourne, Australia, to arrive in Spain – but it was worth it!

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    Viviana Corteggiano – Argentina

    The 17th ICD began with the opening ceremony led by the Congress President, Giuseppe Russolillo, a film on “Sustainable Eating” and continued with simultaneous symposia and round tables in different auditoriums.

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    Janice Macdonald – Canada

    There were 60 enthusiastic Canadian dietitians in attendance at the 17th ICD in Granada, Spain. More than half of the Canadian delegation received travel grants from Dietitians of Canada (DC) based on a successful program proposal to the scientific program committee.

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    Arnt Steffensen – Norway

    I congratulate FEDN for a very well organized congress; you have every reason to be proud of it! From a Norwegian point of view, the heat was a challenge! It was highly appreciated that there were so many water bottles at the congress, even if plastic bottles are not sustainable. That is, however, totally forgiven for without them I would not have survived. ☺

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    Niva Shapira – Israel

    ICDA conference 2016 in Granada was a very special experience. The theme – sustainable diets, an urgently needed subject to be studied thoroughly and lead by the dietitians/nutritionists - was introduced in the grand opening ceremony through an educational movie, and was followed by great scientific program that emphasized the vision, mission and potential contribution of the world dietitians-nutritionists’ organizations to the food-environment challenge!

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    Fayza Khan – Pakistan

    This was the first time Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society (PNDS) participated at any ICDA Congress. As the current President of the Society, I represented PNDS at 17th ICD, at Granada. It was indeed an unforgettable experience.

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    Adela Jamorabo-Ruiz – Philippines

    The 7-member Philippine Delegation to the ICD 2016 consisted of former NDAP Presidents Nieves C. Serra and Dr. Celeste C. Tanchoco; Zenaida Velasco, Dr. Imelda Agdeppa, Catrisse Dizon and Jocelyn Bacayo of Cebu City, along with me.

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    Sheela Krishnaswamy – India

    15 members of the Indian Dietetic Association were in attendance at the ICD 2016 in Granada, Spain. Right from the time we got to shout ‘Hola’ and cheer for our country flag at the inaugural ceremony, up until we said goodbye to many of our friends after the closing ceremony, we created many memories.

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    National Dietetic Association Reports


    I Food and Nutrition Congress in Argentina

    IArgentinean Association of Dietitians and Nutritionists-Dietitians (AADYND) organised the I Food and Nutrition Congress in the city of Buenos Aires on August 29th, 30th and 31st of 2016. Under the slogan "Going through new scenarios", the Congress sought to consolidate multidisciplinary actions to address the issue of nutrition in different situations. 

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    DAA Spokesperson’s Program

    The Dietitians Association of Australia’s (DAA’s) Communications and Marketing Manager Dr Sara Grafenauer has recently returned from attending ICD 2016 in Spain. Sara presented on the achievements of our successful Spokespersons Program.  

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    Canada launches a new website to assist Internationally Educated Dietitians

    A new website has been launched to assist Internationally Educated Dietitians (IEDs) interested in exploring dietetic practice in Canada. It provides an orientation to dietetic practice and the opportunity for IEDs to self-assess their level of knowledge and skill compared to the standards required to practice dietetics in Canada.

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    Hungarian Success Story of EPODE

    Obesity is a growing public health issue, which affects nearly 70 percent of adult and more than 20 percent of Hungarian child population. Number of obese children has tripled in Hungary in the last two decades.

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    Report of the Annual Conference of Indian Dietetic Association – IDACON 2016

    IDACON 2016 was conceived and executed with the theme “Joining Hands to Nourish India-Nutrition beyond Nutrients”, which had an appeal to all stake holders in the area of health and wellness. This was held on the 23rd, 24th & 25th of September 2016, in Mumbai, organized by the IDA Mumbai Chapter, at Hotel Sahara Star.

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    Calendar of Events


    4th International Conference on Nutrition and Growth (N&G 2017)

    March 2-4, 2017, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


    62nd Annual Convention of Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines

    March 8-10, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel, Manila, Philippines.


    Dietitians of Canada 2017 National Conference

    June 7-10, St John's, NL, Canada


    7th Asian Congress of Dietetics (ACD)

    July 5 – 8, 2018, Hong Kong

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