EFAD Weekly Newsflash 17.11.2016



EFAD is calling for:

  • Chair of Education and Lifelong Learning Committee
  • Lead of European Specialized Dietitians Network for Public Health
  • Committee members for Education and Lifelong Learning Committee
  • Committee members for European Specialized Dietitians Network for Primary care

Please click here for more information. Deadline for nominations for all positions is 10 December 2016. Please inform the relevant experts in your organisation.


EFAD Newsletter
deadline for articles is 30 November 2016. Previous issues can be accessed here. Please submit your articles to editor@efad.org


European News


National healthcare systems should embrace the digital era and use Health Technology Assessment to become truly sustainable and cost-effective, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis told EurActiv.com in a recent interview. https://www.euractiv.com/section/health-consumers/news/andriukaitis-health-technology-assessment-will-make-eu-healthcare-sustainable/


Novel and traditional food: guidance finalised
EFSA has published two guidance documents on novel food and traditional food from third countries to help ensure that these foods are safe before risk managers decide whether they can be marketed in Europe. More:https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/161110


The Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Committee of the Regions and World Health Organization Regional Office for Europewill take place on 21 November 2016 from 11:00-12:00 in the European Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors Building (Rue Belliard 99-101, 1040 Brussels). To register click here before 12:00 on 18 November 2016.


Global News


The second annual World Obesity Day took place on 11th October, focusing this year on “Ending Childhood Obesity”. The event was a great success! It had a social reach of over 6.5 million on the Thunderclap campaign, World Obesity Day’s hashtag was used in over 14,000 tweets and 80 stories were published in the press. You can access a list of media coverage, including video coverage, on thewebsite . A number of resources are available online to download.On 6th December from 11am BST World Obesity will be hosting its second quarterly webinar session, titled “Using data effectively to achieve change.”Invited speakers among the Advocate and Champions group will share progress on World Obesity programmes.


The DAPHNE project followed a group of patients in a weight management clinic using wearable sensors to monitor physical activity and smartphone apps to record a daily diet diary. The outputs from the sensors and the apps were uploaded to the Cloud and available to the patient and to their clinicians. In conclusion, the DAPHNE project found that wearable technology should be combined with a software platform that can be monitored by the clinic. This ‘virtual supervision’ may increase the effectiveness of treatment. For further details see the DAPHNE website


The only independent and comprehensive annual review of the state of the world’s nutrition, the Global Nutrition Report is a multipartner initiative that holds a mirror up to our successes and failures at meeting intergovernmental nutrition targets. It is now available in French and Spanish


In little more than 12 months time countries around the globe will be subject to a serious evaluation. Their ministers of health must report to the WHO about their initiatives to counteract NCDs. What counts are not only fancy strategies on paper, but real action on the ground to reduce saturated fat and salt, educate consumers about healthy food and lifestyles and prevent childhood marketing. In this context many countries also seek to implement consumer friendly labelling options.http://www.choicesprogramme.org/


Watch the 5-steps animated video to support World Diabetes Day 14 November 2016
The main objective of this ISA animated video is to address in 5 simple steps the key lifestyle and dietary guidelines that can help people with diabetes manage more effectively their glucose levels. More specifically, these 5 steps include:1. Healthier eating habits
2. Being more active
3. Monitoring carbs and reducing sugars’ intake
4. Better weight management
5. Blood glucose monitoring