EFAD Conference 2018 – Newsletter 12 – September 2018

Interview Karen Freijer
Nutrition economics for dietitians:
a good combination!Dr. Karen Freijer registered dietitian/nutritionist ánd got her PhD in nutrition economics– CAPHRI, Maastricht University The Netherlands. At the conference she will speak about this unique combination.


What do you like about your job?
Showing multiple disciplines that optimal nutrition can lead to an improved quality of life combined with a decrease in costs. I also like to pursue the goal that everyone will know the added value of a dietitian. Still a lot of people think that they know what healthy and optimal adapted nutrition is, but they don’t. It is complex and and a 4 year education is therefore needed..I keep betting until the value of a dietitian is fully seen! 

Can you tell us more about your presentation that you give at the EFAD conference?
During the EFAD congress 2017, the basics of Nutrition Economics (NE) were presented, available NE data were shown and recommendations were given to help showing the added value of the dietician/nutritionist. During this session, the basics of NE will be explained again, available NE data will be shown and practical information will be given on how and where to start showing the added value of the dietitian. Also the status quo and the future activities on NE will be presented.

What is it that makes EFAD so special?
By joining our energy, inspirations, experiences and learnings from all over Europe we can inspire each other and we can be strong in showing our values as a dietitian in different fields.’

Why should dieticians from all over Europe come to Rotterdam?
This is where all dietitians come together to inspire and learn from each other. After this congress one is energized and get the feeling that we really can make a difference in the world.

How can dietitians make a difference?
By joining the forces to show the added value. As a team one can be stronger than as an individual. We can make a fist as a team  showing the world our added value by using social media more for example. The latter we should use in a structured way as a team instead of individually stating different things. One voice!

Is there something else you want to mention?
I really do hope that all dietitians will show themselves more than they did in the past. We have to show ourselves and let everybody see what our added value is. A dietitian is a highly educated person for 4 years as nutrition is a specialism and not a hobby. Without the right knowledge a lot of damage can be done to clients and patients but also to the health care in general.


Kellogg’s Dietetic Research Awards
Two prizes of € 500 for best research

EFAD is pleased to announce the Kellogg Dietetic Research Awards. Kellogg’s recognizes the importance of good nutrition & food science research to advance the future of human health, food security and a sustainable food supply. That is why they support public-private research collaborations and value the achievements of research pioneers through these awards.

The awards
There will be two awards of €500 each: one for the best original research by a student dietetics and one for the best original dietetic research globally.

The following criteria are taken into consideration:

  • Scientific quality of the study
  • Value to the profession of dietetics
  • Clear and simple execution of abstract and poster
  • Permission to publish the poster and name of the winners on the EFAD website, in the Proceedings of the Conference and other promotional material.

The judging of abstracts and selection of award winners will be done by a dedicated EFAD Committee. The judges reserve the right to split the prize or withhold the prize altogether depending on the quality of the work with respect to the judging criteria.



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