• 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 3

    Fall 2013


    ICDA Board of Directors


    From the Chair of the Board

    Hello everyone and I hope the year is going well for you all.  On September 12th we held the 7th annual meeting of the ICDA.  Unlike that of 2012, we held it by teleconference - always a challenge and thank you to those Official Representatives who joined us, especially those who had to join at 4am!!  Timing is always so difficult with it ranging from 4am through until 11pm starting times when we hold meetings this way.
    I thought I would provide some highlights of my annual report. I am especially proud of the achievements of the last year, which included:

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    National Dietetic Association Reports


    Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society: Nutrition Research Symposium: 2013

    On June 29, 2013, Pakistan Nutrition and Dietetic Society (PNDS) organized a full day 'PNDS Nutrition Research Symposium: 2013' in Karachi, Pakistan, to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Society. Around 200 health care professionals attended the Symposium. In the past the training of nutritionists and dietitians in Pakistan has primarily emphasized on clinical competencies rather than on developing research capabilities. However, PNDS recognizes the importance of nutrition research relevant to the cultural context of the country and encouraging a research culture among the nutrition and dietetics professionals. The Symposium aimed to:

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    APN in partnership with the Portuguese Government

    The Portuguese Association of Nutritionists (APN) organizes, throughout the year, various activities not only for its members but also for other health professionals and the general public.  Besides activities on its own initiative, APN develops other activities when invited by numerous partners including the state itself. During the year 2013 APN once again responded to this perceived need by the government which collaborated with the Nutritionists (represented by their professional association) on issues related to food and nutrition.

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    Report from the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA)

    ADSA’s vision is to represent and develop the dietetic profession to contribute towards achieving optimal nutrition for all South Africans.  As registered professionals in the field of dietetics and nutrition we support and promote the continued growth of the profession of dietetics in South Africa.  The primary aims of the association are to serve the interests of dietitians in South Africa and promote the nutritional wellbeing of the community.

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    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Uses Research and International Networks to Promote Member Expertise in Food, Nutrition and Health

    Promoting the Registered Dietitian (RD) and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) as the food, nutrition and health expert is a major goal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy). Some of the programs used to achieve the goal include the importance of enhancing the use of science-based knowledge, outreach to the community with programs focused on optimizing health, and networking with other health professionals to showcase the profession’s food and nutrition expertise.

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    Online tool for busy practitioners

    Dietitians of Canada just released a new on-line practice tool - the Quick Sync Service (QSS).  The QSS provides busy practitioners with an overview of a practice topic that can be completed in about an hour. Each module includes a backgrounder, a tool kit for review and a self-scoring quiz with feedback to help users apply the information in practice.

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    Workpackages of DIETS2 have prepared a briefing paper on their achievements

    These briefings could serve as a clear overview of what Deliverables you can share and use within your organization.

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    Awards and Grants


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

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

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    Colgate Palmolive Fellowship in Nutrition, Oral Health/Dental Education

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    International Lecture at US Annual Conference

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    Edna and Robert Langholz International Nutrition Award

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    Calendar of Events


    The 7th EFAD/DIETS General Meeting and Conference

    Lake Garda, Italy from November 8 - 9, 2013.

    12th Hellenic Dietetic Association Congress

    Athens, Greece from December 5 - 8, 2013.

    The 17th ICRNM

    Wurzburg, German from May 6 – 10, 2014.

    6th ACD

    Taipei, Taiwan from August 21 – 24, 2014.

    The Brazilian Association of Nutrition – ASBRAN, along with Nutrition Association of the State of Espírito Santo - Anees is promoting CONBRAN

    Vitória - ES, Brazil from September 17 - 20, 2014.

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