• 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.

    2013 Vol.20 Issue 1

    Spring 2013


    ICDA Board of Directors


    From the Chair of the Board

    Happy New Year to you all. How fast time flies – it is now six months since the 16th ICD in Sydney and what a wonderful congress it was.  It was a great pleasure to meet so many of you there and a very big thank you and congratulations to the Dietitians Association of Australia for hosting such a fantastic event.  It is now time to look forward to the 17th Congress in Granada.  It is also time for the work to start on the next four year cycle of the ICDA. The Board works to four year plans between our congresses.  We are now going to move towards writing a plan with strategic activities for the 2012-2016 period. The Board has already met this year and we are already starting to work on the plan, basing it upon those ideas and activities that you, the members, told us you wanted us to include. We expect to be able to post the new plan around mid-year so look out for it!

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    Feature Article


    An Overview of the ICDA Workshops held at the ICD 2012 in Sydney

    The ICDA Board of Directors sponsored and led 9 workshops (3 per day) at the ICD.  This was the first time we attempted an ambitious plan.  The workshops were one of the strategies the Board adopted to achieve our key result are of a strong network, by developing the networking and the collaborative action of the Congress.

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    EFAD adopts two new position papers

    EFAD had the very good fortune to receive €100000 from the European Commission in 2012 to support the work of the Federation.  This money was used to produce several useful outcomes, including surveys on standardised terminology and on the embedding of European Dietetic Competencies.  A communications strategy was developed, a LinkedIn group (called European Dietitians) was established and four newsletters and a new brochure were published.  EFAD was also able to organize stakeholder workshops and workshops to facilitate mentoring relationships between established and developing associations.

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    ICD 2012 Experiences


    ICD 2012 Experience - Charlotte Jackson, British Dietetic Association

    Only occurring once every 4 years, this is the Olympics of the Dietetic world! The 16th International Congress of Dietetics in Sydney was a fantastic experience and the best networking opportunity I could have imagined.  I was privileged enough to attend this prestigious event following an invitation to present my masters dissertation on Malnutrition in Nursing Homes.

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    ICD 2012 Experience - Beatrice Conrad, Swiss Association of Registered Dietitians

    It was a very exciting conference in Sydney! ICD 2012 meant to me:

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    ICD 2012 Experience - Jagmeet Madan, Indian Dietetic Association

    The 16th International Congress of Dietetics (ICD) held in Sydney from 5th to 8th September 2012 had nearly 2300 participants from 43 countries. This is the first time that twenty four participants from Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) were present at an ICDA conference.

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    ICD 2012 Experience - Janice Macdonald, Dietitians of Canada

    Canadian dietitians stood proud at the 16thInternational Congress of Dietetics in Sydney, Australia.  Delegates were commenting in the hallways on the strong Canadian presence on the program from plenaries to workshops to poster presentations plus the popular Dietitians of Canada (DC) booth in the exhibit area.

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    ICD 2012 Experience - Marleen de Bruin, Elles Steenhagen, Wineke Remijnse-Meester, Dutch Dietetic Association

    “Change the values, then you can grow” - Ann Fox at the 16th ICD, Sydney, Australia Another ICD has happened!   It was really a perfect and lovely opportunity to meet so many international colleagues in Sydney.  The world – for the moment – was small.

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    Spanish Association of Dietitians-Nutritionists

    The Spanish Association of Dietitians-Nutritionists (AEDN), with its president, Giuseppe Russolillo at the head of a delegation, travelled to Sydney in September 2012 in order to attend the 16th International Congress of Dietetics (ICD). The AEDN had a stall and took part in a workshop on the Mediterranean Diet and ICDA workshop on marketing tools for the dietitian-nutritionist. But the most important thing that AEDN did in Sydney was to receive the baton to the next ICD in 2016, which will be in Granada, Spain.

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    ICD 2012 Experience - Niva Shapira, Naomi Trostler, Ronit Endevelt, Rebecca Goldsmith, Israel Dietetic Association

    The ICDA was a great experience for me personally and to the Israeli group - 8 of the leading professionals in Israel. It was a pleasure being together, many of us presented papers, and were enthusiastic about exchanging information and opinions and sharing perspectives, visions and missions. We all felt very positive about new practices presented, which were potentially very relevant and applicable for us in Israel. Others enjoyed the positive response they got to their presentations and from the professional interactions and opportunities they encountered.

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    National Dietetic Association Reports


    Dietitians LEAP into cyberspace at ICD 2012: Report from DAA

    After months of preparation from Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) staff, with support from DAA’s Social Media Advisory Committee (SMAC), we were delighted to see many Australian and international dietitians LEAP into the social media world for the International Congress of Dietetics, held in Sydney, Australia on 5-8 September 2012.

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    Brazilian Nutrition Congress and Ibero-American Nutrition Congress Achieve International Exposure

    More than 3400 nutrition professionals and students from Brazil and 11 Ibero-American countries gathered together at the 22nd Brazilian Nutrition Congress (CONBRAN 2012) from September 26 – 29, 2012 in Olinda, Pernambuco. The event was organized by the Brazilian Nutrition Association (ASBRAN) and the Pernambuco State Nutrition Association (APN), and brought together delegates from the 3rd Ibero-American Conference on Nutrition, the 3rd Ibero-American Sports Nutrition Symposium, the 1st Ibero-American Symposium on Evidence-Based Clinical Nutrition and the 1st Ibero-American Nutrition Symposium on Meal Production.

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    Developing Canadian Entry-To-Practice Competencies - A Collaborative

    Canada is preparing to release new entry-to-practice competency standards in April 2013. These new standards have been developed through a collaboration between Dietitians of Canada (DC), ten provincial dietetic regulatory bodies, and 50 academic and practicum dietetic education programs over a three-year period.

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    Prevention of obesity and overweight among children in France

    Obesity and overweight affect respectively 3.5% and 14.5% of children in France. These figures doubled in the last ten years. In order to prevent what has become a real public health problem, the French Association of Nutritionist Dietitians (AFDN) strives to raise awareness amongst public and professionals on the recommendations from the French National Authority for Health (HAS).

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    Nutritional Support Teams in Greece – Recent Advances in Hospital Malnutrition Legislation

    Prevalence rates of malnutrition in hospitalized patients in Greece vary from 25-40%. Since malnutrition largely goes by undetected and untreated the role of dietitians is essential in malnutrition screening and management.

    In 29.2.2012 a new legislation devised by the Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity came into force. Law n. 4052/ Chapter n.134 refers comprehensively to Clinical Nutrition issues and addresses disease related malnutrition in Greek hospitals. Among the core objectives is ensuring appropriate nutrient intake for all patients according to their nutritional status, length of stay and possible changes in their clinical condition. The new legislation was the result of a concerted effort of the Hellenic Dietetic Association (HDA), the Hellenic Association of Hospital Dietetians (PASINOD) - both representing dietitians in Greece - and the multidisciplinary Society for Clinical Nutrition (GrESPEN).

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    Report on the second and third cycle training opportunities for dietitians with a bachelor’s degree and changes in the continuing professional educational system in Hungary

    The highest qualified professionals of diet therapy are the dietitians in Hungary. Dietetics at Bachelor’s level has existed from 1975 in Budapest and from 1990 in Pecs. The education lasted for 3 years at the beginning, but it has now grown to 4 years. Recently (since 2009 in Debrecen and Budapest, and since 2011 in Pecs) it became possible to get a masters degree in the field of nutritional sciences as well, but in quite a unique way. The masters program for dietetics has been titled as Nutrition MSc. This means that health professionals still need a Dietetics BSc, and the masters program focuses mainly on scientific competencies instead of specialized dietetic competencies. Since 2006 it is also possible to get a PhD for health professionals because two universities (Pecs and Budapest) have launched a Doctoral School for Health Sciences. Many of the dietitian students have already defended their theses and received their PhD in Nutrition Science.

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    Establishment of the Japan Dietetic Association - Disaster Assistance Team (JDA-DAT) and its Roles

    Based on our experience gained through the dispatch of registered and volunteer dietitians for disaster support and restoration related activities after the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan on March 11, 2011, the Japan Dietetic Association decided to establish the Japan Dietetic Association - Disaster Assistance Team (hereafter, JDA-DAT).

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    Stand Up for your Rights to Practice Nutrition in Israel

    A significant landmark in educational history was set recently, when the CHE - Council of Higher Education in Israel, decided that a revolution in the studies of nutrition science must commence.
    In Israel, the nutrition profession is currently learned in three main academic institutions: The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Tel Hai Academic College and Ariel University Center.

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    Workshop on Nutritional therapy for HIV held in Israel for Dietitians

    In Israel there are approximately 6,000 individuals infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Thanks to the advancement in the treatment and medications for HIV, there has been a change in the dietitian’s role and involvement in the treatment of HIV infected individuals. While, in the past, dietitians were called to treat acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) patients suffering from severe malnutrition, today they are needed to help prevent and treat the metabolic risk factors (e.g., dyslipidemia, insulin resistance) prevalent under the medical treatment of Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART). Since the dietitian has become a meaningful member of the multi-disciplinary team in HIV clinics, the Israeli Dietetic Association, together with the support of Janssen, conducted a professional workshop for its members about HIV.

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    International Dietitians Day in New Zealand – “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”

    IA special day dedicated to all dietitians across New Zealand will be celebrated on March 13th 2013. This is the first time New Zealand based dietitians have participated in International Dietitians Day which serves to commemorate dietitians as invaluable health care professionals applying their specialised food and nutrition knowledge to improve the health of New Zealanders. As a dietitian’s role often goes unrecognised in the community, the primary goal of this day is to raise awareness of registered dietitians as the key nutritional experts that translate the science of nutrition into practical use for the benefit of the public.

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    Four Position Papers from GREP-AEDN

    The Review, Study and Scientific Position Statement Group of the Spanish Association of Dietitians-Nutritionists (GREP-AEDN) prepared a position paper on the "Flash Diet", in order to respond to the numerous inquiries from members of the AEDN and media. Therefore, taking into account the Code of Ethics of the profession of Dietitian-Nutritionist, and in particular the responsibilities and commitments of Dietitians-Nutritionists towards society, the GREP-AEDN has issued a scientific opinion on this "diet" with the aim to help both health professionals engaged in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and the general population, in making informed and responsible decisions.

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    Activities of the American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA)

    The American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA), the Academy’s international affiliate, welcomed guests to the International Congress of Dietetics 2012 with an International Breakfast Reception at the start of the conference. In addition to the networking taking place at the event, distinguished speakers, including AODA leader Naomi Trostler, Academy President Ethan Bergman, and ICDA Board member Sandra Capra, presented information about their respective organizations, which set the tone for an informative and collaborative conference.

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    Public Health Issues Create Opportunities for Registered Dietitians in USA

    A new emphasis in the United States on public health and community based health care creates opportunities for registered dietitians. Two new positions relate to important public health issues. The full text and support papers can be found in the Health Professions Section of the Academy’s website, www.eatright.org. The first position released in August 2012 is “Food and Nutrition for Older Adults: Promoting Health and Wellness.”

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    French translation of IDNT available shortly

    Dietitians of Canada recently completed the translation of select portions of the 4th Edition of the International Nutrition and Dietetics Terminology (IDNT) into French (terms, definitions, SNAPShots and Comparative Standards).  This translation has been endorsed as the official French translation by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The complete French translation of the 4th Edition IDNT Pocket Guide is available from Presses de l'Université Lavalin.  Be sure to check their web site for updates http://www.pulaval.com/ or contact Dominque Gingras at Dominique.Gingras@pul.ulaval.ca for details.

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    Professional Continuing Education at your fingertips

    Dietitians of Canada’s new Learning on Demand (LOD) site brings evidence-based continuing education to dietitians in a convenient, new way. Designed for maximum mobility, our Learning on Demand service lets you engage in learning via the web - without barriers of time or distance.

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    There’s an App for That!

    In the United States, more than 100 million people own smartphones, app downloads number in the billions per year, and the typical user spends more than an hour a day using apps. As these numbers rise, apps will continue to become more and more integrated into the lives of average Americans. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to empowering its members to be food and nutrition leaders and recognizes the opportunity that apps offer. Thus, the Academy has begun developing apps for both practitioners and consumers. Currently, there are three Academy apps, available for download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play, with several others in development. The three that are currently available are listed here:

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    More impact and influence of the Spanish Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics

    The Spanish Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics (RENHDIET), formerly Dietetic Activity (Actividad Dietética) is the official scientific publication of The Spanish Association of Dietitians-Nutritionists. RENHDIET is published quarterly and has the main objective to be the leading journal in the field of human nutrition and dietetics. Its scientific impact and influence is growing and nowadays are similar to the main journals in Spain and Latin America, according to November 2012 data.

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    Journal of the Portuguese Association of Nutritionists

    Revista Nutrícias, is the Journal of the Portuguese Association of Nutritionists, regarding technical and scientific issues with four editions per year. All professionals of the nutritional sciences background can submit articles to this journal which will be published after the approval of journal’s scientific committee. Information about the journal and publication guidelines can be found at the Association’s website http://www.apn.org.pt/scid/webap/defaultCategoryViewOne.asp?categoryID=857.

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    Awards and Grants


    International Awards available through AND Foundation

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    Calendar of Events


    1st Worldwide Congress on Hidden Hunger

    Stuttgart, Germany from March 6 - 9, 2013.

    Society of Behavioral Medicine 34th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions

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

    1st International Probiotics Prebiotics and Functional Food Congress to be organized by Turkish Probiotic Prebiotic Association (TPPA)

    Sueno Hotel Side, Antalya - Turkey from April 11 – 13, 2013.

    First edition of the World Forum for Nutrition Research Conference: Mediterranean Food on Health and Disease

    Reus, Tarragona - Spain from May 20 – 21, 2013.

    Portuguese Association of Nutritionists will organize the 12th Nutrition and Food Congress

    Lisboa Congress Center, Lisbon, Portugal from June 16 - 17, 2013.

    Portuguese Nutritionists Association in collaboration with the Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences will host the 8th International Conference on Culinary Arts and Sciences - Global, National and Local Perspectives (ICCAS 2013)

    Rectorship building of Porto University – Porto, Portugal from June 19 - 21, 2013.

    20th International Congress of Nutrition (ICN)

    Granada, Spain from September 15 - 20, 2013.

    12th Hellenic Dietetic Association Congress

    Athens, Greece from December 5 - 8, 2013.

    The 17th ICRNM

    Wurzburg, Germany from May 6 - 10, 2014.

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