News from the Dietitians Association of Nigeria (DAN)
  • 2019, has been an eventful year for Dietitians Association of Nigeria. The year has been adorned with impactful events organized by the Association for her members. The activities carried out within the year included the following:
     World Dietitian Day; 
    All the States and Chapters colourfully and actively participated in celebrating this event on March 13, 2019.  Activities organised by dietitians in different States/ Chapters included: 
    • Road walk for fitness and creation of awareness for the profession.
    • Counselling sessions and free health check for general public.
    • Health talks / presentation via various social media channels 

     
    Dietitians at the Federal Teaching Hospital Abakiliki, Ebonyi State Nigeria on road walk and sensitization of the public on the activities carried out by the Dietitian-Nutritionists and through the tweeter handle of the association.
    National Workshop:
    a. In June 2019, the Association organized a 3- day national workshop for her members and dietetic interns on standardization of dietary management of Diabetes Mellitus in adults and children with emphasis on carbohydrate counting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. 
    b. Later in the year, the association pursued collaboration with the paramilitary of the country in ensuring healthy weight maintenance for her officers. 
    Dietetic Internship
    The year also recorded the birth of a new dietetic internship center at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Rivers State, Nigeria.
     
     2019 World Breastfeeding Week
    The association also came agog with the celebration of world breast feeding week, which saw every chapter engaged with various activities to promote exclusive breast feeding for the first six month of life with addition of complementary foods at 6 months and continued breastfeeding for two years and beyond.
     
    2019 World Food Day
    The world food day was passionately celebrated with activities ranging from food demonstration and exhibition including sensitization of the public on sustainable adequate diet using locally available food sources. Members actively participated in the use of the social media for information dissemination.



     
    Pending activities for 2019
    These include: 
    • World Diabetes Day which will be celebrated in collaboration with the Endocrine Society of Nigeria.
    • Annual Scientific Conference and General Meeting of the Dietitians Association of Nigeria slated for 2nd to 6th December 2019. This will wrap up activities for the year. 
       
    Ms Patricia Chima
    Assistant Editor for DNAW (DAN)