• 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.

    2014 Vol.21 Issue 2

    July 2014


    ICDA Board of Directors


    From the Chair of the Board

    Hello everyone. This year is going very fast. For those of you who have Dietitian’s Day I hope you had a very successful and happy day. Dietetics is moving towards a crossroad. There is great change in some countries where financial constraints are starting to bite, while diet related chronic disease is rising everywhere. Dietitians must prove value for money and must be “go-to” problem solving people.

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    Feature Articles


    20 Years of ICDA Newsletter – Dietetics Around the World

    Congratulations received on the 20th anniversity of the ICDA newsletter from member associations in Argentina, Canada and the United States.

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    From the Former Editors

    Sandra Capra and Carole Middleton reflect on the evolution of Dietiitans Around the World.

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    Global Dietitian Survey Offers Snapshot into the Profession Worldwide

    It’s no secret to ICDA members that thousands of dietitians around the world are actively promoting health and nutrition in their countries and communities. Dietitians often serve as translators – and not just in the linguistic sense. They translate global and national dietary recommendations and guidelines into practical, actionable steps and tips to help their clients improve their dietary habits and nutrient intakes. But how do they do this? A nutrition communication group based in USA, in cooperation with a market research firm, sought answers to these and many more questions in the 2014 Global Dietitian Survey: Perspectives of dietitians and nutritionists working with local consumers around the world.

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    National Dietetic Association Reports


    Report from Argentina

    On April 3th, AADYND (Asociación Argentina de Dietistas y Nutricionistas Dietistas) convened with representatives of the food industry, Universities and other food and nutrition organizations to present “AADYND initiatives 2014”.

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    Health Care Reform in Austria

    In the Austrian health care reform law of 2013 it was determined that in-patient care should be relieved and out-patient care should be expanded. Health care NEW must be adapted to the needs of patients and this can be achieved by enhanced primary care (Primary Health Care) in an out-patient setting. Following the principle of "Best Point of Service", the establishment of multidisciplinary teams is one of the prerequisites for this.

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    Infant Feeding Recommendations & WHO Growth Charts for Canada

    Dietitians of Canada (DC), the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Breastfeeding Council of Canada with leadership and support from the Government of Canada completed development and released new infant feeding recommendations (0-24 months). This work took place over a two-year period, and included time for each partner to consult their Association members.

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    Japan Launches Dietitian Training Program in Vietnam

    Last year, the Department of Nutrition was established for the first time in Vietnam at Hanoi Medical University with the efforts of Prof. Shigeru Yamamoto at Jumonji University and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. This formed the first step in the history of dietitians in Vietnam. The signing ceremony for the academic exchange agreement was organized at Hanoi Medical University on March 24 2014, where the representatives from Jumonji University, Kanagawa University of Human Services and the Japan Dietetic Association in Japan, and those from Hanoi Medical University and National Institute of Nutrition in Vietnam participated to establish a dietitian system in Vietnam.

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    Food and Nutrition Awards 2014 in Portugal

    To recognize innovation in the field of food processing industry, aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, eating habits and consumer education, is the main objective of the Food and Nutrition Awards 2014. The 5th Edition of this initiative was presented on April 15 in the Main Hall of the Ministry of Agriculture and Sea and was attended by the State Secretary for Food and Agribusiness Research.

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    A New Legislative Framework for Swiss Dietitians

    Since 2011, the Swiss Association of Registered Dietitians has been involved in framing a new Swiss federal law governing the health care professions (Healthcare Occupations Act). The current law is to be revised in order to put the health care professionals qualifying at Switzerland's universities of applied sciences on a better footing vis-à-vis doctors, who are trained in the traditional universities. The new law encompasses the following health care professions: nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, midwives and dietitians.

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    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics International Focus

    To contribute to the international nutrition community in a meaningful way, a new goal with corresponding strategies was added to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Strategic Plan: “Members collaborate across disciplines with international food and nutrition communities.” This goal recognizes the need for working within existing structures in individual countries and for collaboration between organizations to ensure nutrition needs are met worldwide.

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    New Mobile Learning Program on Counselling Skills in Canada

    Developed by Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, LDN of the University of Tennessee with an expert advisory committee, this PEN® approved program is based on Instigating and Implementing Eating and Physical Activity Behaviour Change: A Lifestyle Intervention Manual and Toolkit.

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    AODA Grows in Strength

    The American Overseas Dietetic Association (AODA) has grown. A real benefit is having access to the Evidence Analysis Library (EAL), Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (JAND) and great materials!

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    International Collaboration Closing the Evidence to Practice Gap

    Launched by Dietitians of Canada in 2005, and now in partnership with the British Dietetic Association and Dietitians Association of Australia, the dynamic web-enabled PEN (Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition®) system has evidence-based, peer-reviewed answers to practice questions across the diverse domains of dietetic practice. This historic collaboration of ICDA members is helping to close the evidence to practice gap and advance dietetics internationally.

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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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    Calendar of Events


    5th Buenos Aires Nutrition Conference

    Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 13-14, 2014.

    6th Asian Congress of Dietetics

    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.

    8th EFAD/DIETS Conference

    Athens, Greece from October 9 – 12, 2014.

    Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo

    Atlanta, Georgia, USA from October 18 – 21, 2014.

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