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ΕFAD ESDN Oncology endorses booklet sharing cancer patient stories
|The European Cancer Patient Coalition has published Living well during Cancer Treatment – Patients’ Stories – a booklet that focuses on patients’ views, experience and perceptions towards nutrition and nutrition care throughout their cancer survival journeys.EFAD ESDN Oncology has done an excellent job of complementing all patient stories with relevant and valuable data that can help cancer patients and cancer survivors to improve their nutrition habits and quality of life, emphasising the role of dietitians in oncology.|
|EFAD joins first independent Food Systems Summit Dialogue|
More than 100 delegates, including EFAD Executive Director Judith Liddell, attended the first independent Food Systems Summit Dialogue organised by the FAO Liaison Office in Brussels and the European Food Information Council.
The event, Walking the talk: Healthy and sustainable food systems through aligned evidence-based communication and policy, aimed to address the urgent need to combat all forms of malnutrition and environmental degradation and empower citizens to adopt healthier and more sustainable behaviours. It focused on the need to increase trust in science and secure aligned, evidence-based communication and policy.
The outcomes from the dialogue will be presented in the form of a report, which will be sent to the UN Secretariat as a contribution to the preparatory process of the UN Food System Summit.
You can find out more about the event here, including access to the Zoom recording.
EFAD is now an observer of the FAO Codex Alimentarius
The Codex Alimentarius, or “Food Code” is a collection of standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
The Commission is a joint intergovernmental body of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and World Health Organization with 188 Member Countries and one Member Organization (The European Union).
Codex has worked since 1963 to create harmonised international food standards to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair trade practices.
Find out more about the code here.
Spotlight: Executive Committee
The EFAD Executive Committee met online on 5 and 6 March, to reflect on the progress made in 2020 and to set the new Work Plans for 2021. Here are some highlights:
From the EFAD journal
Article spotlight: Nutritional Therapy in COVID-19 Management
|This review by Cecília Medeiros de Morais, PhD from University of Porto deals with the relationship between nutrition, the immune system, and COVID-19. |
The influence of nutrients and bioactive molecules present in foodstuffs on immune system activity, the influence of COVID-19 on the nutritional status of the patients, and the dietary recommendations for hospitalised patients are addressed.
|Don’t forget to submit your entries for the next edition of the EFAD journal|
The second issue of the EFAD Kompass Nutrition and Dietetics will be published in April – there’s still time to submit information from your society or country for the Kaleidoscope or Calendar of Events.
To find out more about submission requirements, head to our website here.
The deadline for submissions is 15 March. Please send submissions to the journal coordinator Elke Naumann at E.Naumann@han.nl.
|Scientific conclusions of HDA’s COVID-19 webinar now available in English|
|In December the Hellenic Dietetic Association organised a webinar discussing the role of nutrition in the COVID-19 era.|
The webinar was originally in Greek but has now been translated into English, so that EFAD members can read about the scientific conclusions.
New and updated BDA Paediatric Specialist Group Resouces available
|The British Dietetic Association’s Paediatric Specialist Group has produced some fantastic new and updated resources using the most up-to-date and evidenced-based information.|
To view samples of the resources, and for information on how to order, click here.
Does your association have resources to share with other dietitians? If so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 400 people took part in a webinar last month, which explained what the Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan is in more detail, one year on from its launch.
The webinar invited discussion on the content and discussed how stakeholders can support the implementation of the plan.
Find out more about what was discussed and download the presentation here (sign-in required).
The goal of the project is to:
Find out more (sign-in required).
Calls for submissions
Share your breaking abstracts with the global obesity community
|The European Association for the Study of Obesity is accepting late breaking abstracts ahead of ECO2021 – be quick, the deadline is today (Friday 12 March).|
ECO2021 welcomes abstracts for e-poster presentation, full interactive symposia and case study suggestions that will feature in interactive case discussion sessions.
See full details on the ECO2021 website.
|Last call: Call for best practices on non-communicable diseases|
|Are you involved in the field of non-communicable diseases?|
The European Commission’s General Directorate for Health and Food Safety has made it a priority to identify, disseminate and transfer best practices in order to promote health and reduce disease in Europe.
Submit your best practices here by 14 March.
|Alpro Foundation calls for research submissions|
|Alpro Foundation is calling for systematic reviews or meta-analyses with a research question focused on cardiometabolic health.|
The aim is to understand the role of plant-based eating patterns,plant-based foods and dietary patterns on cardiometabolic health, weight management, MAFLD (metabolic dysfunction-associated fatty liver disease), obesity and diabetes.
The deadline for submitting a short proposal is 15 May. Find out more here.
The Scientific Advisory Committee of Alpro Foundation will shortlist proposals, and a research grant should begin in 2022.
|Initiative to defeat obesity and diabetes offers chance to win funding up to $100,000|
|Novo Nordisk, together with EAT, has launched The Healthy Food Challenge, inviting community stakeholders and private businesses to prevent obesity through solutions that advance healthy and sustainable food environments for vulnerable people.|
They are looking for innovative solutions to increase access to, educate and encourage choosing healthy, nutritious foods.
The best three ideas will win funding up to $100,000 (USD) to pilot their implementation.
Events and webinars
|23 March 7pm CET|
EFAD ESDN Oncology webinar – “Patient-Reported Outcomes and Clinical Nutrition: Potential and Practice”
|During this webinar, the Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROMs) will be explained as well as their potential role in nutrition practice and research will be reviewed.|
Speakers: Nicole Erickson (Germany) and Susana Irving (Portugal)
Register for the free webinar here.
|26 March 12pm CET|
EFAD Education and LLL Committee Webinar – “INPRO: Interprofessionalism in action”
|The INPRO project is a three year Erasmus+ co-funded project which aims to align interprofessional education and collaboration in practice, using promising regional experiences for international exchange.|
Seven partners from Austria, Belgium, Finland and The Netherlands, organised in regional partnerships of a HEI plus a rehabilitation center, have started to collaborate on this important topic.
Register for the webinar here.
|31 March – 4 April|
10th International Nutrition and Dietetics Congress
|Organised by EFAD Education Associate Member Hacettepe University, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, the event will be held online this year.|
There will be a variety of conferences, panels and presentations across five days from speakers around the world. Click here to access the event programme and register here.
|9 April 7pm CET|
ENDietS Webinar – “Spillover Effects of a Food Choice Nudge in a Practical Environment”
|The Nudge Theory suggests cost-effective methods that have the potential to improve individuals’ healthy eating decisions which are often used as public health nutrition strategies.|
This presentation will discuss what happens after someone’s food choice was nudged – the spillover effect.
Speaker: Iris Montez de Sousa (Portugal)
Register for the free webinar here.
|17 – 21 May|
European Public Health Week (EUPHW)
|The EUPHW aims to make the case for public health and a more inclusive society across Europe, raise awareness on specific public health themes and create trust and innovative ways of collaboration among all professionals contributing to public health at local, national, regional and European level.|
In each of the upcoming Newsflashes we will be revealing a theme for each of the five days, so you can prepare to get involved.
Monday, 17 May – Communicating science and healthConveying accurate and accessible messages is crucial to promote healthy behaviours, particularly during a crisis. How can we better communicate complex health messages in the digital age? Submit your event or activities here by 5 May.
|24 – 26 October|
World Health Summit
|COVID-19 shows very clearly that one of the most urgent issues of our time is society’s pandemic preparation and response. It is of utmost importance to improve this worldwide in order to better address future threats.|
Pandemic Preparedness: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 will be one of the central themes of the World Health Summit in October.
Find out more about this year’s topics here.
|Last call: The British Nutrition Foundation (UK) iscurrently looking for a Nutrition Research Manager. Find out more about the role and how to apply here. The deadline is today (12 March).|