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About Us

We are a professional association that brings together people with a common interest in promoting and improving public health nutrition. We work to ensure that in all possible circumstances, adequate nourishing food is available to and affordable by all.

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Our Members

Our members are spread across countries in all continents of the world. They are committed to advancing public health nutrition and sharing their experience to the world. Find out more about who they are, there are many networking opportunities awaiting.

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Our certification scheme has been developed to establish and assure professional standards in public health nutrition worldwide. Become a Certified Public Health Nutritionist (cPHN), applications are open all year long.

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Public Health Nutrition Events

List of upcoming events of relevance for public health nutrition. Events announced are organised by third parties and include conferences, congresses, seminars and other meetings, as well as training courses and workshops. If you would like to share information about an event you are organising, please contact us.

To see events organized by WPHNA, check Our Conferences.
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WPHNA Elections 2014: Time to vote!

It’s time to vote for Professional Affairs Secretary! We have two eligible candidates: Margaret Miller and Rubina Hakeem. Members are invited to vote by 30 September, and have received the link to the voting slip via email. If you are a member and have not received it, please contact the Association secretariat at secretariat@wphna.org.

The Executive Committee has opted for a cool-off period of 6 months for the Presidential Election. The Association will reopen nominations for President in early 2015.Read More

SUGAR: what’s going on? An update

There is growing evidence showing that sugars may have an addictive effect in humans, and it has been proved that added sugar is linked with several diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity, as well as dental cavities. Not surprisingly, sugar remains an issue high on the international nutrition agenda, with many ongoing initiatives and debates. Here is a selection of updates, with links to reports, news and scientific articles.Read More

Petition for a simple nutrition labeling in France

A petition for a simple nutrition labeling, intuitive and understandable by all on the front face of the food packaging has been launched by a wide coalition of civil society (i.e. health care professionals , consumers and patients’ associations, public health experts). The petition asks the French government to implement a scale for nutritional quality on the front of food packages which is simple, intuitive, standardised and understandable (referring to 5 color model by Professor Serge Hercberg in his report to the Ministry of Health “Proposals to boost the French nutritional policy in the field of chronic disease prevention via nutrition.”, January 28th, 2014). This scale is based on a score calculated of nutritional quality content from a public health point of view (calories, simple sugars, saturated fats, salt, fiber, fruits and vegetables, proteins). This score will easily classify foods into 5 classes on the color scale (Green – Yellow – Orange – Pink Fuschia – Red), coupled with letters (A / B / C / D / E) to ensure greater readability.Read More

WPHNA has been granted observer status with the Codex Alimentarius Commission

The Association has been granted observer status with the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The WPHNA’s status allows designated officers of the Association to attend Codex meetings, to receive all working documents and discussion papers, to participate in discussions, and to submit written statements on matters before the Commission. The Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses is the most relevant for public health nutrition. Other Codex Committees of interest include Food Labelling, Methods of Analysis and Sampling, Contaminants in Food. Items currently under discuss include additional and/or revised Nutrient Reference Values and addition of essential nutrients to foods.Read More

Consultation on the revised draft of the political outcome document of the ICN2

As previously announced, two documents are expected to come out of the ICN2 — a political outcome document and a framework of action for its implementation. A first draft of the political outcome document was released in March 2014 and received comments from various individuals and organizations through an online consultative process organized via the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum). A revised draft based on the first consultation has just been released and is also open for comments through the FSN Forum. To access the consultation, and for more information, please visit the FSN Forum website. Deadline to send comments is 28 May 2014.Read More