Indian Dietetic Association (IDA) in its endeavor to encourage evidence based nutrition organized its 48th Annual National Conference from 19th to 21st November at Bengaluru, India. The conference spearheaded by Sheela Krishnaswamy, National President of IDA, and Priyanka Rohatgi, Organizing Secretary of the conference, along with the organising committee, witnessed the participation of nearly 1200 delegates coming from across India, USA and Australia. The theme titled “Nutrition in Transition – A Global Challenge” brought forth thought provoking messages, deliberations, anecdotes and factual awakeners from eminent nutritionists, scientists, researchers and media. Workshops on Sports Nutrition, Research Methodology and RD Update ran to full capacity.
The conference was inaugurated by Dinesh Gundu Rao, Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies, Consumers Affairs and Legal Metrology, Government of Karnataka, India, who expressed interest in a liaison between his government and IDA for productive, sustainable nutrition activities. A presentation on actual and perceived food safety, food risk assessment, communication to consumers was made by Chief Guest Dr Sudershan Rao, Deputy Director, working in Food and Drug Toxicology Research Centre of the National Institute of Nutrition, India. Introspection on right concept of balanced diet, precision nutrition, embracing friendly technology was emphasized upon to change the dietetics scenario. The scientific sessions deliberated on burning issues of rising epidemic of non-communicable diseases across socio demographic groups, changing nutrition trends across life span, transition in food production & consumption, global diets, nutrigenomics and safety of packaged foods. Utilization of media to disseminate the right nutrition information to the public was emphasized. Introduction of Practice–based Evidence in Nutrition (PEN) helped delegates to learn how to keep abreast with evidence-based practice in the dietetics world.
Apart from scientific sessions, the national conference showcased the International Year of Pulses 2016 and introduced an hour of ‘Have Your Say’, which provided an exclusive platform for members to express issues related to IDA.
Summing up, it’s pertinent to adopt an integrated approach to combat the rising epidemic of chronic disease in the community by bringing the nutrition body, food industry and government together. The conference was instrumental in addressing key nutrition challenges and imparting knowledge to explore paths for a healthier nation.
Geetha Santhosh, PhD, RD
Co-Chairperson, IDA Conference 2015
President, IDA Bangalore Chapter
Assistant Professor of Nutrition, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore