• 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 2

    Summer 2013


    ICDA Board of Directors


    From the Chair of the Board

    Hello everyone and I hope 2013 is going well for you all. This year you will see that we have increased the number of newsletters each year to three. This reflects the increase in activity among members as well as the pace of change across the world. Thanks to the Editor Sheela Krishnaswamy for taking up the challenge. For you, it means that there is more opportunity to inform the wider nutrition and dietetics community of your work.

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    National Dietetic Association Reports


    Medical Health Insurance Company Offers its Clients Reimbursement for Dietary Consultation in Austria

    The Austrian Association of Dietitians has developed, in cooperation with the "Sozialversicherungsanstalt der gewerblichen Wirtschaft" ("SVA" - a Medical Health Insurance Company), a Nutrition and Health Concept. For the first time a health insurance company has agreed to pay for nutrition consultation, which is a great opportunity for free lance dietitians in Austria.

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    Congress for Dietitians Held in Vienna, Austria in 2013

    The 30th Nutrition Congress for Dietitians organized by the Association of Dietitians of Austria on the 7th and 8th of March in Vienna was a great success with 500 participants in attendance. The theme “Obesity and Nutrition” was significant for today’s health concerns of a great majority of the population.

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    Report on the 14th Congress of Hungarian National Dietetic Association – Focus on Child Nutrition

    Obesity is a serious health risk and largely preventable through changes in lifestyle. Epidemiological studies have suggested that metabolic programming is one of the critical factors contributing to the etiology of obesity as well as concurrent increase in related chronic diseases.

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    Report from Iceland

    Landspitali University hospital, located in Reykjavik, Iceland, is the largest workplace for nutritionists and dietitians in Iceland and they work both in the clinical setting and within the food service sector.

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    Statutory Registration in Ireland

    The Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute (INDI) is the professional organisation for dietitians /clinical nutritionists in Ireland. Founded in 1968, the Institute has grown steadily and it now represents dietitians/clinical nutritionists throughout Ireland as well as having members world-wide. A Dietitians’ Registration Board has recently been established as one of the twelve professions governed by the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (the Act). This will be the first time that health and social care professions in Ireland will be regulated under statute. This is a very welcome and significant step in our drive to ensuring patient safety and delivery of evidence-based, high quality patient care.

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    In Japan, the Government and the Private Sector Unite to Promotion "Shokuiku" (food and nutrition education)

    What is "Shokuiku?" In Japan, in order for each citizen to prosper and live in good health throughout their lives, a national program on "Shokuiku" (food and nutrition education) is aiming to instill general knowledge regarding diet and the ability to select food that will constitute a healthy daily diet.

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    Report from Korea

    Clinical Dietitian certification, which was issued by the president of the Korean Dietetic Association in 1999, has been institutionalized as the national qualification issued by the Minister of Health and Welfare, in accordance to ‘The National Nutrition Management Act’ enacted on March 26, 2010. According to the law, the responsibilities of clinical dietitian are documented and include 1) nutrition assessment - collecting and analyzing nutrition problem and evaluating nutritional requirements, 2) nutrition counseling and education, 3) nutrition monitoring and the evaluation of nutrition status, 4) nutrition management for the improvement of malnutrition status, and 5) clinical nutrition research and consulting.

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    International Dietitians Day Arrives in New Zealand

    This year saw New Zealand dietitians celebrating their first International Dietitians Day with activities varying throughout the country. Supermarket stands with free fruit give-aways, prize-draw related quizzes and posters promoting clinical dietitians in various settings were amongst the highlights.

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    Calendar of Events


    20th International Congress of Nutrition (ICN)

    Granada, Spain from September 15 - 20, 2013.

    The NUTRIMENTHE International Conference, about the effect of diet on the mental performance of children

    Granada, Spain from September 13 - 14, 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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