EFAD Weekly Newsflash 23.03.2017



EFAD Presidents meeting
Presidents of EFAD Full member associations met in Rotterdam on 16/17 March to discuss strategic issues including the role of strategic plans, Leadership and politics and strengthening the Federation.
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ENDietS webinar
Overconsumption of high-energy foods is an important behavioural risk factor for overweight, obesity and a range of chronic diseases. Food choices are influenced by individual-level factors, as well as upstream, environmental-level factors. Join us in this webinar, where our speaker, Jeroen Lakerveld, will elaborate on these upstream determinants. He will also summarize the current evidence base regarding these determinants across various types of environments, and will put them in perspective. Please register for the Free ENDietS webinar – “Environmental influences on diet and health” on March 30, 2017 7:00 PM CET at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/378059757653540355.


Member News

Italian Association of Dietitians
The Italian Dietetic Association has initiated and supported a PhD in Governance, management and economics”. The research project aims at the evaluation of cost effectiveness of the nutritional intervention from a dietitian, and it is entitled “the qualified dietetic intervention: a special and convenient tool to support health?”Hungarian Dietetic Association
The Hungarian Dietetic Association in 2016 published the new Hungarian Dietary Guidelines (OKOSTÁNYÉR®) for adults, which was acknowledged by the Food Science Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This year it will be extended with a mobile application and the adaptation for the children aged 7-15 years old. They plan to prepare a short film of the OKOSTÁNYÉR®, which they would like to disseminate in clinics, drugstores, outpatient centers and at the comprehensive health test programme of Hungary. They participate actively in the 3-year long EFSA EU MENU project of the National Food Chain Safety Office, which surveys the dietary intake of the Hungarian population.

European News

Estonia to help tackle obesity by taxing sugar-sweetened beverages 
The aim of the Cancer Control Joint Action Cancon is to contribute in different ways to reducing the cancer burden in the EU and to help raising cancer survival and reduce cancer mortality. Find the website here: http://www.cancercontrol.eu/index.php. Cancon had its final conference in Malta on 14-15 February, where the key results and the European Guide on Quality Improvement in Comprehensive Cancer Control were presented: http://www.cancercontrol.eu/news/143/26/Presentations-from-Malta-available/d,newsWhat’s new in Europe 
The Joint Research Center published a presentation about recent developments and publications for the Meeting of the EU Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health.


Robot Charlie helps children manage Diabetes 
Suffering from Diabetes is no fun, especially for children. They have to learn early in life how to measure their blood sugar, how to count carbohydrates and how to make healthy choices when it comes to food and sweets. Scientists from the European PAL project (Personal Assistant for a healthy Lifestyle) try to help them: with a special tablet app and with Charlie the robot. Read morePublic Procurement of Food for Health: Technical Report on the School Setting 
This report by the European Commission and the Maltese Presidency of the EU is a practical tool to support Member States translate their national school food standards related to health and nutrition into food procurement specifications. Read moreHealth Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis says promoting health throughout the lifespan is key to healthy ageing 
Speaking at the last conference of the CHRODIS Joint Action, the Commissioner called on Member States and stakeholders “to focus more on health promotion – pro-active health promotion in all ages – to keep people in good health, and for longer.” Read moreWearable tech can help tackle obesity when supervised by health professionals 
Technology offers solutions to many health problems, but can the new generation of wearable sensors help patients manage their weight? Experience from the EU-funded DAPHNE project suggests that there are challenges and opportunities. Read more


Prevent childhood obesity 
Obesity researchers called on governments to take urgent action to help families prevent childhood obesity. The final conference of the IDEFICS and I.Family projects held in Brussels in February stated that families cannot take responsibility alone, and regulatory action is needed. Speakers included officials from EU member state governments and the European Commission (details here)
It is a pleasure to share with you EUFIC’s new animated video on behaviour change. It translates science in an engaging way with practical tips for successful behaviour change. To watch and share the video with your network: Click here


EIN together with a consortium of partners has applied for funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation. The proposal we submitted entitled ‘OBEAT’ (Obesity Beating by EPODE All Together) aims to develop, demonstrate and disseminate novel cost effective approaches to the primary prevention of childhood obesity. OBEAT will carry out novel randomized intervention studies in healthy weight subjects at three age levels (pre-birth, toddler, early school years) which target some of the key determinants of obesity related diet and physical activity behaviours.


Please be informed, that The European Heart Network has recently published its fifth edition of European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics 2017. The report provides the most recent statistics related to CVD mortality, incidence, prevalence, causes and effects. It is designed for policy makers, health professionals, medical researchers and anyone else with an interest in cardiovascular diseases. Hereby you can find the link to the report on the EHN website: http://www.ehnheart.org/cvd-statistics.html


EU action required – read EASO’s new press releasehttps://3ai1in16tpd017ev82vzpcv1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/170309-EOD-2017-Press-Release-1.pdfEASO has won the ‘Best Lobbying Campaign’ for their European Obesity Day 2016 campaign at the 2017 European Association Awards. European Obesity Day took place on 21st May 2016. Its aim was to “increase knowledge and understanding of the need for action to tackle and to treat obesity by policymakers at European and national levels.” Read more here and read the official EASO press release here



Sporeforming bacteria in food: Detection, identification and means of control 
Join the free webinar on April 6, 2017 at 3:00 PM CET.
Speaker: Paula Teixeira (ESB-UCP, Portugal); Paul A. Gibbs (consultant)
read more: https://www.food-sta.eu/node/1208
Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2616508201640064002


Global News


The HealthyVenues programme increases delegate ‘healthprint’ at your venue. Take a look at the benefits here: http://www.worldobesity.org/what-we-do/action-initiative/aiprogrammes/healthy-venues-accreditation-scheme/WHO Extends ‘Official Relations’ with WOF to 2020
In recognition of the global activities and advocacy undertaken by World Obesity, the World Health Organization has awarded ‘official relations’ status to World Obesity for the period 2017-2020. The period will include a schedule of work undertaken by World Obesity to support and promote the WHO’s strategy to improve nutrition and reduce non-communicable diseases, and permits the WHO to consult with World Obesity on specific issues, and to join with World Obesity in hosting events, commissioning reports and undertaking other joint initiatives. Further details from Tim Lobstein (tlobstein@worldobesity.org)SCOPE
SCOPE School Athens registration is now open! Register online here: ow.ly/Cqrn309SY4n.


WCRF compared cancer rates in more and less developed countries. Read the results here


Committed to its objective to raise awareness on important health issues, the International Sweeteners Association (ISA) supports FDI World Dental Federation this year again in celebrating World Oral Health Day, and in spreading the message that good oral hygiene is critical to “Live Mouth Smart”. Don’t miss the animated video, developed in support of World Oral Health Day, and which you may access by clicking here