• 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.

    2015 Vol.22 Issue 3

    November 2015


    ICDA Board of Directors


    From Sandra Capra, Chair of the ICDA Board of Directors

    Calling all Dietitian-Nutritionists across the world. Yes – exciting news that the ICDA is adopting the title Dietitian-Nutritionist to be more inclusive and to better represent the work that we do in the many countries where you are. It’s now only ONE year to the 17th ICD in Granada, Spain. I hope your plans to attend are well under way.

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    Feature Article


    News from ICD Granada 2016

    The ICDA Board of Directors have sent a message to all dietitians/nutritionists around the world; a call to work together for a sustainable supply. The preliminary program for the International Congress of Dietetics is now available on the ICD 2016 webiste. The deadline for abstracts submission has been extended to December 1, 2015.

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    New Members


    Swedish Association of Clinical Dietitians

    Founded in 1977, the aim of the Swedish Association of Clinical Dietitans (DRF) is to promote and protect the professional interests of its members, the clinical dietitians of Sweden. DRF is frequently used as a consultation body by authorities, trade-unions and different related associations and organisations (such as the Swedish Diabetic association, SWESPEN etc.). DRF also works to ensure high standards in training, in-service training and in research for its members.

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    Taiwan Dietitian Association

    The Taiwan Dietitian Association (TDA) was founded in 1995 based on Dietitian Law, which aims to improve people’s health in Taiwan, unite the dietitians of the country, improve the networking among dietitians, help with the development of nutritional profession, enhance professional competency, and promote dietitians’ rights and interests. TDA is an organization of licensed dieticians, which comprises of 14 local chapters with 3432 members.

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    International Year of Pulses 2016

    Let’s get ready to work together to promote the International Year of Pulses 2016! Earlier this year, the ICDA Board agreed to support World Water Day, World Food Day and the International Year of Pulses 2016 (IYOP 2016). These three official United Nations events provide us with an opportunity to profile the role of dietitians in supporting the health of the population through food sustainability.

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    National Dietetic Association Reports


    AADYND Successfully Reaches Food Program Beneficiaries

    One of the goals of the Argentinean Association of Dietitians and Nutritionists Dietitians (AADYND) is the promotion of initiatives to battle food insecurity. To achieve this, AADYND is working since 2010 in collaborative projects with the Government of the City of Buenos Aires, identifying and supporting socio-economic measures that contribute to optimal nutrition for the public, through the diffusion of accurate nutritional information and implementation of food and nutrition education programs.

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    DAA Media and Social Media Programs Raise the Profile of Dietitians and Promote Evidence-based Nutrition

    Dietitians are increasingly working in a competitive space. Every day unqualified ‘experts’ push their views on diet and nutrition, including through the media and social media. As a profession, we have an important role in communicating credible, accurate, practical and engaging nutrition messages that will help people lead healthier lives. The public and the media are hungry for health and nutrition information – here’s our opportunity to shine!

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    Hong Kong’s Action on Salt and Sugar Reduction

    A two-day program “International Symposium on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food" was held in May 2015 and formed a platform for the IAP and different stakeholders to exchange views on how a reduction in sodium and sugar intake of Hong Kong population could be achieved.

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    Israeli Dietitians in the National Diabetes Program

    A group of Israeli dietitians from the Israeli Dietetic Association (IDA), experts in diabetes, joined a multidisciplinary medical team in updating the national protocol for follow-up after delivery in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) cases, with the purpose of delaying/inhibiting risk of future diabetes.

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    Enhancing Nutrition Support Program in Sindh, Pakistan

    One of the provinces of Pakistan, Sindh, is currently facing a serious problem of malnutrition. To address these issues, the Nutrition cell of Sindh health department has launched the ‘Nutrition Support Program' (NSP) 2015-2018. The three-year program has been initiated in nine districts of Sindh, the worst affected areas in terms of nutrition.

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    News from Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines

    The recognition and respect that the Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines (NDAP) enjoys in the health and wellness community has been greatly shaped by its leaders through the 60 years of its existence! On the occasion of NDAP’s diamond anniversary, the NDAP Presidents were given a tribute during the Gala Night held on February 17, 2015.

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    Active Leadership and Learning in Singapore

    Since its inception, Singapore Nutrition and Dietetics Association (SNDA) has been an affiliate and avid supporter of various international nutrition and dietetic organizations worldwide, taking on active leadership roles and rendering support to promote nutritional well-being in Singapore and abroad.

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    News from the Association of Dietetics South Africa (ADSA)

    The new 2015-2017 Executive Committee for ADSA came together for the first time in July 2015. Our new president reminded us of ADSA’s vision and mission. Goals and objectives were set for each portfolio holder. As a committee, we look forward to promoting and advocating our profession!

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    Loud and Proud: Dietitians Week in the UK

    The British Dietetic Association (BDA), for the second time in as many years, organised Dietitians Week 2015 (8-12 June 2015). Dietitians Week was created as part of the wider BDA campaign, Trust a Dietitian, which aims to highlight the work and value of the dietetic profession across the UK.

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    Rallying the Masses: BDA and the Trade Union Movement

    The British Dietetic Association (BDA) made itself heard loud and proud at this year’s Annual Trades Union Congress (TUC) by tabling a motion around workplace health. To complement the motion, the BDA is also took the opportunity to launch its brand new workplace health initiative, The BDA Work Ready Programme, at TUC.

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    Identifying International Nutrition Community Needs – USA

    Malnutrition, including both under and over-nutrition, and disease prevention are universal concepts that the international nutrition community must address. To do this, international dietitians-nutritionists must work together to build capacity; develop new and advanced skills for assessment, diagnosis, and intervention; and conduct nutrition and dietetic specific research. A new goal with corresponding strategies has been added to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Strategic Plan: “Members collaborate across disciplines with international food and nutrition communities”.

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    International Resources Survey

    Input needed! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, through the generous Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund, will launch a project to develop free nutrition education resources for health practitioners working in developing countries. Survey input is needed from registered dietitian nutritionists, registered nurses, pediatricians, family practitioners, physician assistants and other public health workers with field experience in Central America.

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    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position and Practice Papers

    These are USA Academy papers published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics during the past program year June 2014-May 2015.

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    International Lecture at US Annual Conference

    The Academy Foundation was proud to present the 2015 Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim International Lecture: “The Changing Face of Nutrition and Evolution in Dietetics in Asia” in Nashville, Tennessee, during the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food & Nutrition, Conference & Expo (FNCE).

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    Awards and Grants


    Foundation Opportunities: 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


    XVII Congress of the Latin American Society of Nutrition

    November 8-12, 2015, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.


    13th National Conference of Nutrition & Dietetics & 2nd Panhellenic Congress of Clinical Nutrition

    November 27-29, 2015, Athens, Greece


    Virtual Day of Allied Health & Rehabilitation

    December 3-4, 2015


    MDA-AODA Conference 2016 – Translating evidence based into skills and competency

    May 25-28, 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


    National Nutrition Congress 2016

    September 3-5, 2016, Cape Town, South Africa


    17th International Congress of Dietetics (ICD) - Going to a Sustainable Eating

    September 7-10, 2016 in Granada, Spain

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