• 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 2

    ICDA Newsletter
    Fall 2012


    ICDA Board of Directors


    From the Chair of the Board

    Another ICD has happened!! It was really great to meet so many people in Sydney. The Congress had more than 2200 attendees from 59 countries and many new friendships were formed. The program was packed with something for everyone - no matter where you came from or the context of practice. Well done to the Dietitians Association of Australia for hosting the 16th ICD and we now look forward to the 17th in Granada. Be sure to read the articles about the wonderful 16th congress and look for the photos on the website.

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    Feature Article


    ICD 2012 - A Successful Event of ICDA

    ICDA’s 16th International Congress of Dietetics (ICD) hosted by Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) was a grand event.  Over 2200 people with a common interest gathered at the Sydney Convention Center at Darling Harbour, Sydney, to be renewed, revitalised and even inspired.  Personal networks were expanded, ideas exchanged, stories and experiences shared, points of view debated.  A great amount of resources (time, effort, money) went into organising this event that will be put to good use by the participants.  ICDA leadership arrived at a deeper understanding about the common ground that defines the dietetic profession and the value that dietitians offer to society.

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    Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (AAHM) - Multiple Approaches, One Global Partnership

    The Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition (AAHM) is a forward-thinking global partnership that links like-minded organizations and institutions involved in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, through a network of National and Regional Alliances. Created by the UN Rome-based Food Agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP) and Bioversity International, the Alliance’s mission is founded UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 1 and 8, which seek to end poverty and hunger and reinforce global partnerships. The AAHM provides a neutral multi-stakeholder platform where those who run top-down and bottom-up development initiatives unite to share knowledge and develop coordinated actions in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, thus increasing their recognition and impact.

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    Special Announcement


    The 2012 Budapest Declaration of the IFKF

    A holistic approach to address the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual needs of individuals living with chronic kidney disease

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    National Dietetic Association Reports


    Celiac Community Moves Forward in Argentina

    From the Argentinean Association of Dietitians and Nutritionist - Dietitians (Asociación Argentina de Dietistas y Nutricionistas Dietistas - AADYND) we would like to share recent advances on Celiac Disease (CD) legislation in Argentina. CD is the most frequent chronic intestinal disease and is estimated that affects one in 100 Argentineans. Since the only known effective treatment is a lifetime gluten-free diet, the role of dietitians is essential in all aspects of the disease.

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    Mutual Recognition: A Win for Australian and Canadian Dietitians

    The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) is thrilled to have signed a charter with the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies to commence mutual recognition. The charter to mutually recognise dietetics credentials between the two countries became effective from 1 July 2012.

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    ASBRAN to hold CONBRAN in Sep 2012

    The Brazilian Nutrition Association – ASBRAN is a pioneer class entity formed on August 31st 1949 by professional Nutritionists, incorporated as a non-profit organization of a technical, scientific, cultural and social nature, in the national level, being constituted by a number of associates affiliated to Nutrition Associations across the states of the country. It currently holds 9 associations affiliated throughout the Brazilian territory. ASBRAN aims to contribute toward strengthening professional training and specialization for nutritionists, fostering research and disseminating nutrition information in Brazil, so as to ensure this science and its professionals are recognized as critical elements to people’s health.

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    JAPINAD Celebrates 10th Anniversary

    We were delighted to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Jamaica Association of Professionals in Nutrition and Dietetics (JAPINAD) during May 9-11, 2012 and to recognize this significant milestone with our colleagues, collaborators, supporters and friends with our motto: ‘Valued Experts in Nutrition and Dietetics’.  We were joined by colleagues from the Bahamas, Brazil, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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    The Dietitian who Guarantees "Eating Well"

    In France, the National Food Program (French PNA), presented by the Government in September 2010, mobilized all the actors to guarantee a healthy, safe and environmentally conscious diet for all: "Eating Well this is everyone's business."

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    Opportunities in the Dietetics Profession in Hungary

    In Hungary currently there are two higher education institutions providing dietician courses, one of them in the capital city, Budapest and the other in the town of Pécs, which was designated the European Capital of Culture in 2010. By the end of the four-year BSc programme undergraduates become experts of nutrition and provisioning. However, besides theoretical knowledge some years of work experience is also essential to turn into a real and recognised expert. Having done the BSc training, qualified dieticians can choose from a number of opportunities;

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    Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) Publishes Clinical Dietetics Manual for its Members

    About 3 years ago, the registration board of IDA which was then headed by Molly Joshi, PhD, RD, decided to publish a clinical manual which would not only benefit the members of IDA but also bring in standards in clinical dietetics practice in India. With the help of former national president of IDA, Dharini Krishnan, PhD, RD, a group of senior practicing dietitians were invited to work on this project. Each member in this group was assigned one topic in clinical practice and her responsibility was to write a chapter with latest available clinical guidelines for a disease. The manual was compiled by Shobha Kumar, a senior academician, and edited by senior practicing dietitians. It was released in December 2011 at the annual national conference of IDA held in New Delhi.

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    Political Achievement of the Israeli Dietetic Association (IDA) - Professional Definition and Legal Rights

    In the year 2008, the IDA succeeded in passing a law in the Israeli Parliament, which defines the titles allowed / not allowed to be used, regarding nutrition and dietetic counseling.

    The law states that a person can present himself as a nutritionist or a dietitian only if he meets the following 3 conditions: 1. He has a B.Sc nutrition diploma from one of 3 Israeli academic schools for nutrition. 2. He has completed 720 hours of internship. 3. He has successfully passed the government final exam. The law further emphasizes that a person that doesn't meet these conditions cannot use a misleading description that might lead the lay public to assume he is a dietitian or a nutritionist.

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    Activities of Dietitians NZ

    Obesity and its associated comorbidities are the major health problems in New Zealand [NZ]. Many of the comorbidities, namely T2DM and cardiovascular disease, are treated and prevented through lifestyle modifications such as diet, exercise and weight loss. The Dietetic sector in NZ is faced with the dilemma of providing services, which meet the needs of these health demands at a time of economic restriction and uncertainty. The economic situation has already seen tightening of spending and endeavors to find innovative strategies, which aim to achieve optimal outcomes for each health dollar spent.

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    Nutritionist-Dietitians' Association of the Philippines Completes Front of Pack Labelling Schemes

    The Wise Eat Certification Program (formerly known as Good for You) was conceptualized in 2009 as a means to address the increasing prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country. The World Health Organization (WHO), through the Department of Health (DOH), commissioned the Nutritionist-Dietitians' Association of the Philippines (NDAP) to develop Healthy Eating Guidelines that would become the basis for a certification program for healthy products. Subsequently, WHO supported the pilot-implementation of the Wise Eat Certification Program in order to determine the feasibility and applicability of the program in the Philippine setting.

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    Activities of Turkish Dietetic Association (TDA)

    TDA focuses its activities mainly on in-service training and personal rights of dietitians. Some of the activities of TDA conducted between December 2010 and 2012 are given here.

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    Mind the Huger Gap: UK National Campaign Launched

    The British Dietetic Association (BDA), throughout 2012, is running a brand new UK national campaign called Mind the Hunger Gap.

    The campaign involves calling on dietitians and members of the public to highlight the fact that around 1,000,000 (one million) older people in the UK are eating less than one square meal a day. This figure does not include those older people in a hospital or care setting. It is those older people living in the community or, as they have become known in the UK, the 'invisible' population.

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    Academy Releases Position on Nutritive and Non-Nutritive Sweeteners

    Official positions fill an important information need for the members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The positions are developed with an Academy committee and approved by the Academy's governing body, the House of Delegates. Based on evidence-based research, the positions provide a common statement of knowledge that members can use in discussing or writing about scientific issues.

    Recently the Academy released a newly updated position on nutritive and non-nutritive sweeteners.

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    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Directory of Resources for International Food, Nutrition and Dietetics Professionals

    The Foundation has updated an exciting tool for dietetic students and professionals to use around the world-the fourth edition of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Directory of Resources for International Food, Nutrition and Dietetics Professionals. The Directory boasts nearly 100 pages of scholarship information, research fellowship opportunities and other useful resources for American and international students and professionals.

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    Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO)

    The website lists guidelines and comparisons on treatment of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease – www.kdigo.org   All guidelines from Australia, Canada, Europe (ERA-EDTA) UK and USA can be viewed and downloaded.  The website provides evidence based best practice nutrition guidelines.

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    Abstracts of the First Renal Nutrition Week

    held at Honolulu, Hawaii in June 2012 are available from Kidney Research and Clinical Practice Volume 31, no 2.  See table of contents or go to website: www.krcp-ksn.com/current

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    A new website Dietitian Connection - The Essential Link for Nutrition Leaders


    The website is designed to be the one stop shop for busy nutrition professionals for evidence based nutrition information, handy resources, exciting job opportunities, upcoming events, new products, latest news and more.  The site is relatively new, so information is being added all the time.  One can register on the site and add their profile in the directory, as well as like us on facebook, and add any upcoming events and job opportunities on Dietitian Connection.

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    Awards and Grants


    International Awards, Grants, and Resources Provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

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    International Awards/Grants in Portugal

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    Calendar of Events


    Food &Nutrition Conference & Expo

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - October 6-9, 2012.

    19th Annual Meeting of Nutritionists and the 3rd Conference of Nutrition

    Buenos Aires, Argentina from 24 to 26 October 2012.

    EFAD-DIETS VI conference

    Slovenia, from 26-27 October, 2012.

    Society of Behavioral Medicine 34th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

    San Francisco, California from March 20-23, 2013.

    8th International Conference on Culinary Arts and Sciences - Global, National and Local Perspectives (ICCAS 2013)

    Porto University, Porto, Portugal from June 19-21, 2013.

    20th International Congress of Nutrition (ICN)

    Granada, Spain from September 15-20, 2013.

    17th ICRNM

    Wurzburg, Germany from 6-10 May 2014.

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