EFAD Newsletter December 2016


EFAD President’s Message

As 2016 draws to a close may I wish you all a prosperous and happy new year from all of the EFAD Executive Committee and myself. (Ribbon by maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com)

This is a time to reflect on another busy year for EFAD and especially to congratulate the General Meeting for adopting a forward-looking Strategic Plan for 2017-2021. The newsletters have been keeping us all up-to-date on what is happening around Europe and as ever they reflect a busy and committed dietetic profession. This edition in particular highlights the work of two of our specialist dietetic networks (ESDNs): Diabetes and Primary Care. Our specialist dietitians are a continuing inspiration to us all as they bring new insights into areas of nutrition that are of such interest to all of our readers. Our Diabetes Network brought awareness of the role of diet and dietitians in the prevention and treatment of diabetes on World Diabetes Day. I wonder how many other dietitians working across Europe held similar awareness-raising events. This is so important to raise the profile of dietitians.

Rian van Schaik and her team in Belgium have used their specialist knowledge of nutrition together with systematic data collection to bring about real savings to the healthcare system as well as patient benefit. I was fortunate enough to hear Rian speak about this work at a recent ONCA conference, which she writes about in this newsletter. We should all take every opportunity to showcase dietitians and their work. Our students and the Hungarian dietitians have also done precisely this in their articles for this edition.

Finally what about you? The EFAD conference programme is coming together and there will be places for you not only to learn from the experts, but also to share your views and even showcase your work. Our last page gives more information!

See you all in 2017

Anne de Looy

President of EFAD,

Professor of Dietetics, Plymouth University, England


Please find attached the last EFAD newsletter for 2016.