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!

    ADSA Statements
    From April 2015 to June 2015 ADSA has released three statements (posted on our blog and available on our website) on Infant Nutrition, Optimal Nutrition and Dietitians in South Africa (role of the dietitian in various sectors). These statements were formulated by ADSA in response to media queries around the low carbohydrate high fat (LCHF) diet which has gained popularity in South Africa. ADSA strives to ensure that the public receives evidence-based nutrition information and that an individualized approach towards a healthy, varied and balanced diet is promoted as a public health message.
    ADSA members now have access to PEN
    Full and associate members of ADSA now have access to PEN® Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition – the global resource for Nutrition and Dietetic Practice. This is one of the most valuable benefits ADSA is able to provide to its members.
    Nutrition Confidence Recipes
    Since 2014 we’ve released 13 recipes which include healthy seasonal recipes developed by Chef Vanessa Marx and approved by ADSA spokespeople. These recipes are a source of nutrition information and include useful information on why dietitians like the recipe/ ingredients as well as the nutritional information. Our nutrition confidence recipes are posted on our blog ( Facebook ( and often coverage is generated by other media houses. ADSA finds this a great way to promote our profession to the South African population.
    National Nutrition Week, 2015
    From 9-15th of October every year South Africa celebrates National Nutrition Week. National Nutrition week is an education campaign promoting healthy lifestyles by emphasising on good nutrition to the public through nutrition knowledge, better food choices and the importance of physical activity. This year’s theme was “nutrition in the workplace”. ADSA was involved in compiling three documents (Key Messages, Questions and Answer, and the “National Guide for Health Meal Provisioning in the Workplace”) in conjunction with the South African Department of Health. This information will be showcased on the website ( which ADSA has co-funded.  ADSA activities during this time included

    • Twitter Talk 
    • Provision of spokespeople for media (TV, radio, magazines and newspapers)
    • Sharing of nutrition information via our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and the Nutrition Confidence blog)
    • Competition within corporate companies to promote healthy eating in the workplace

    World Breastfeeding Week, 2015 - ‘Breastfeeding and Work – Let’s make it work’
    During World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August 2015), ADSA shared content on social media and featured in various articles in the media (Health24, Living and Loving, Expresso TV Show, Cape Talk Radio, IOL, All4Women amongst others). ADSA encouraged all its members to join forces so that together dietitians can promote, protect and advocate breastfeeding, especially to support mothers who return to work to be able to breastfeed.
    Heart Awareness Month, 2015
    Celebrated annually in September, this month is dedicated to raising awareness about cardiovascular disease in South Africa and culminated on World Heart Day on the 29th of September. According to the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES) published in 2013, South Africa has a huge burden of disease that is fuelled by a range of risk factors. According to the results of this survey, the prevalence of overweight and obesity was significantly higher in females (24.8% and 39.2%) than males and 20.2% of males and 68.2% of females had a waist circumference that placed them at risk of metabolic complications. 16.5% of respondents indicated that they had high blood pressure, followed by diabetes (5.0%), high blood cholesterol (4.2%), heart disease (2.2%) and stroke (1.8%) and on a national level, one out of four participants (15 years and older) had an abnormally high serum total (23.9%) and LDL cholesterol (28.8%), and one out of two (47.9%) an abnormally low HDL cholesterol. Due to these shocking statistics and in an effort to improve the health status of South Africans, ADSA collaborated with the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) of South Africa to create awareness about cardiovascular disease, specifically highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
    ADSA will host the ICD Granada 2020 congress in Cape Town!
    ADSA will be hosting the ICD Granada 2020 congress in Cape Town, South Africa. This will be the first time the congress is hosted on the African continent. This is a very exciting prospect for ADSA and we look forward to welcoming our colleagues from all over the world to our beautiful country! 

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    Catherine Day, RD (SA) SACLC
    Association for Dietetics South Africa (ADSA)
    Executive Portfolio Holder – Communications