EFAD Newsletter, January 2018

30.1.2018

President’s Message

Firstly, a very Happy New Year from EFAD!

I am looking forward to hearing news across Europe about what dietitians are going to do this year. Our 2018 conference theme says ‘Let’s Make a Difference’ and I think that this newsletter shows in a very positive way how dietitians are living up to that theme. Long may it continue.

At our 2017 conference in Rotterdam we saw an increased ‘buzz’ as we tried out new ways of engaging with each other. Networking and chatting are of course really important, but our opportunity ‘to meet the experts’ proved to be both enlightening and motivational. At our 2018 conference we will again have the opportunity to quiz our excellent speaker experts. The highly interactive trade fair and displays put on by our students, also attracted much praise.  I cannot wait to see how 2018 builds on these successes. The programme will be finalised shortly, and registration will start in February and a programme. In addition to the ‘buzz’ of a conference we will also be celebrating 40 years of EFAD – how we are going to do this has yet to be revealed but plans are definitely afoot.

The word sustainability creeps into all we do and rightly so. In this edition we have several articles about how dietitians are thinking through and making a contribution to the discussion on sustainability.  EFAD was especially delighted to be invited to join a panel discussion at the Regional Symposium for Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets, part of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition. You can read about this later in the newsletter together with reports from dietitians in France, Lithuania and Norway of their work to initiate and sustain healthy nutrition in Europe.

Speaking of sustainability, we can read of the success of our young dietitians with the ‘Young Researcher’ award from the Austrian Association and the increasing success of our own ENDIETS in promoting and showing webinars. Webinars will be increasingly used to promote and bring lifelong learning directly to your computer. This is such an important innovation and initiative for EFAD especially as we are now undertaking a project to develop more webinars and other educational tools about the importance of hydration……watch this space (and our website).

Keep those articles coming in so we can celebrate together the work of dietitians in Europe.

Anne de Looy

Please find attached the latest issue of the EFAD Newsletter January 2018