• 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.

    2012 Vol.19 Issue 1

    ICDA Newsletter
    Spring 2012


    ICDA Board of Directors


    From the Chair of the Board

    Welcome to 2012 everyone - and of course this is one of our big years, with the Congress coming up. How exciting!! Its held only once every 4 years so we are all excited about meeting you in person once again. Planning is well forward now.

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    Feature Article


    ICDA Workshops at ICD 2012

    At the 16th Congress in September, we want to learn from you. The Board wants to work with the international community to advance topics of interest around the world. As a result, we have 9 workshops set down in the program. These range from learning how to use our website to raising issues about implementing the International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology, evidence based practice and new models of practice to working on marketing the profession, open discussion opportunities with Directors and working out how to harness the "civil society" (that is the non political/government groups) to assist us in our work.

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    A Reminder about ICD 2012

    As a world leader in nutrition, DAA is proud to be hosting the 16th International Congress of Dietetics (ICD), to be held in Sydney from 5-8 September 2012.

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    ICDA wants to hear from YOU

    At the 16th Congress in September, we want to learn from you. The Board wants to work with the international community to advance topics of interest around the world.

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    New Member


    Portuguese Nutritionists Association (APN)

    The Portuguese Nutritionists Association was established in 1982. It is a professional association, representative of the Nutritionists in Portugal. This association has as main objective the protection and development of the professional interests of its members.

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    National Dietetic Association Reports


    Argentina's AADYND

    Last September, the Argentinean Association of Dietitians and Nutritionist-Dietitians (Asociación Argentina de Dietistas y Nutricionistas- Dietistas -AADYND) became a new member of the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA). AADYND is a national scientific and professional organization of Dietitians, Nutritionist-Dietitians and Licentiates in Nutrition with a vast trajectory and is now very proud of being part of the international dietetics field through a recognized organization like ICDA.

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    Canada promotes the IDNT

    Dietitians of Canada has been making positive strides in bringing the Nutrition Care Process (NCP) and the International Dietetics and Nutrition Terminology (IDNT) to the attention of parliamentarians and policy makers, as well as encouraging members to adopt it in their daily practice. Two opportunities to let decision-makers learn about the IDNT and to advocate for its incorporation into system-wide electronic health record planning were acted upon recently.

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    The GEMM Family Study

    GEMM stands for Genética de las Enfermedades Metabólicas en México (Genetics of Metabolic Diseases in Mexico). GEMM is a newly-established, multi-center collaborative study of the genetic epidemiology of the metabolic syndrome, a complex of disorders related to type 2 diabetes, obesity and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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    Nutrition and Wellness Education Programs in Mexico

    The Nutrition and Wellness Bachelor Program of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey is a 5 year program that consists of 7 semesters and 6 trimesters. During the first three semesters, the student gathers the basic knowledge in anatomy, physiology, chemistry and biology with courses such as: chemical basis of metabolism and physiology, cell biology, research and technology in health sciences, nutrition and exercise basis, biostatistics, metabolism and functional biochemistry, developmental biology, principles of health management, microbiology and parasitology, musculoskeletal and digestive systems, biocontrol systems and exercise physiology.

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    SNDA and Healthy Youth Committee

    The Healthy Youth Committee (HY-Com) is an inter- agency workgroup set up in 2006 to promote the health and well-being of the children and youth in Singapore. Led by the Ministry of Education, and presently chaired by Senior Parliamentary Secretary of Education Mr Hawazi Daipi, it constitutes key agencies involved in promoting the health of our children and youth, such as the Health Promotion Board, the Singapore Sports Council, as well as professional organizations such as the Diabetic Society of Singapore and the Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association.

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    Recent Activities of Association for Dietetics in South Africa

    ADSA's vision is to represent and develop the dietetic profession to contribute towards achieving optimal nutrition for all South Africans. The primary aims of the association are to serve the interests of dietitians in South Africa and promote the nutritional wellbeing of the community.

    Currently the association has approximately 1200 members spread across the 9 provinces and practicing in a multitude of areas in dietetics.

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    Administrative Dietitians in Sweden

    The Swedish Association of Dietitians represents administrative dietitians. We have about 1100 members in our association.

    An administrative dietitian works mostly as health caterer in communities and in hospitals. In Sweden we also have a sector that is unique which is catering for schools. All children in Sweden are supplied with a free meal in school, that's statuted by law.

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    Harmonising Nutrition and Dietetics Terminology and implementing NCP in Switzerland

    The Swiss Association of registered dietitians has 1000 members and represents about 90% of all dietitians working in Switzerland. There are two universities of applied science where nutrition and dietetics can be studied. The Swiss Association is working closely with these universities. Thus, it seems to be easy to implement standards and to get together in order to have common projects and to get to a national consensus.

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    Nutrition and Dietetic Education in Turkey - a SWOT analysis

    Nutrition and Dietetic (N&D) education started at 1962 in Hacettepe University in Ankara. Up until 1998, Hacettepe University was the sole institution that gave N&D education with 50 graduates every year. In 1998, Eciyes University (Kayseri) and in 1999 Baskent University (Ankara) started N&D education. As of 2011, there are 30 universities giving this education all around Turkey each of which give approximately 50 graduates every year. Correspondingly the number of graduates has increased in the last ten years.

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    ADA name change

    As the field of dietetics evolves to meet the needs of the United States' growing and diverse population, the American Dietetic Association (ADA) is changing as well. To emphasize its commitment to improving the health of the public, delivering science-based information and services, ADA changed its name in January 2012 to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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    WHO Growth Charts Training Package - now available

    A new self-instructional, web-based learning package on the use and interpretation of the WHO Growth Charts adapted for Canada is now available to support your professional development. Seven leading health professional associations and agencies, including Dietitians of Canada, Canadian Paediatric Society, the College of Family Physicians, Community Health Nurses of Canada, Canadian Obesity Network, National Aboriginal Health Organization and NutriSTEP®, have worked collaboratively to produce this training package based on the most current evidence.

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    Nutrition Screening Online

    In April Dietitians of Canada will release a new self-directed on-line learning program on Nutrition Screening with information appropriate for dietitians and other professionals in clinical or community settings. This program is made up of four 2 hour lessons that review what screening is and why it is relevant; criteria and examples of good screening tools; considerations for selecting appropriate tools for practice; and guidelines for implementing and evaluating a screening program.

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    AAPI's Nutrition Guide to Optimal Health : Using Principles of Functional Medicine and Nutritional Genomics

    Functional medicine and Nutritional Genomics is the wave of the future. This book is written as a service to the global community. The AAPI (American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) President Sunita Kanumury, MD and myself would like to share the information in this book with everyone. One can access this e-book from American Association of Physician of Indian Origin's website www.aapiusa.org

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    Awards and Grants


    First International Nutritionist/Dietitian (FIND) Fellowship for Study in the USA

    Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management Essay Award

    American Overseas Dietetic Association International Project Award

    Colgate Palmolive Fellowship in Nutrition, Oral Health/Dental Education

    Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim ICDA Welcome Fund

    Edna and Robert Langholz International Nutrition Award

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    Calendar of Events


    The Israeli Nutrition Week and AODA Regional Conference

    Tel Aviv, Israel from June 12 to 14, 2012. www.israelnutritionweek.com

    16th International Congress (the First Renal Nutrition Week)

    Honolulu, Hawaii from 26-30 June 2012. www.renalnutritionweek.com

    16th International Congress of Dietetics

    Sydney, Australia from 5-8 September 2012. www.icd2012.com

    Nutrition Congress Africa 2012

    Bloemfontein, from September 30 to October 04, 2012.

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