From Sandra Capra, Chair of the ICDA Board of Directors
  • 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. 
    The changes have caused me to pause and think about who we are and what we do.  In the English language, what were once called “social dietitians” became “nutritionists”.  The name “dietitian” is ancient and referred to people who treated with food.  Written reference to dietitians can be found going back to the 10th century in the Middle East, and earlier in the Roman and Greek as well as Eastern traditions.  Nowadays though, it is important to not lose sight of the breadth of dietetics, as it emcompasses food service management, prevention and treatment.  The ICDA wants to focus on what we do, rather than what we call ourselves, as what’s in a name? Even if in some countries different titles are used – nutritionist, dietitian, dietitian-nutritionist, food specialist – it does not matter – we need to focus on the tasks we undertake, the roles we play in health, disease and research to find our identity and future.  The Board will be spending time on this further at our next long meeting later this year.
    On another note, I’d like to remind national representatives that we have our Annual Meeting coming up on September 19th.  Please make a diary note now.  You will be receiving further information shortly.  It will be run by teleconference as usual.
    The Board has increased its numbers of meetings from this year – don’t forget to keep checking the website for news and information, and don’t forget to start planning for the 16th ICD in Granada in 2016.  Calls for submissions will be out shortly – why not consider putting in an abstract? 
    Best wishes to all.
    Sandra Capra
    Chair, Board of Directors, ICDA