We would like to update you about the WPHNA Executive Committee elections. Nominations were called for 5 positions. We received the following six nominations, all of which were deemed to be valid and to meet the eligibility criteria. President Margaret Miller Vanessa Garcia-Larsen General Secretary Elisabeth Sterken Treasurer Regina Keith Policy and Projects Olivia Yambi Membership Secretary Sara Garduño Diaz Uncontested positions Other than the President position, only one nomination …Read More
ACF Afghanistan Context: ACF has been operating in Afghanistan since 1979, with a strong focus on emergency response to human-made and natural disasters, targeting primarily refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, and flood/drought affected populations. Over the years, ACF has expanded the focus of its’ intervention from short-term, more emergency to longer term projects aimed at addressing chronic vulnerabilities of the communities and strengthening their capacity to prepare to, and cope with …Read More
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. For …Read More
The new World Health Organization, in collaboration with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the University of Sydney, and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. describes the many ways in which the law makes a crucial difference for public health. This report authored by Professor Roger Magnusson, Professor of Health Law & Governance, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, aims to raise awareness about the role that the reform of public health laws can …Read More
Overview of the role The Senior Nutrition Director is responsible for the overall strategic development, implementation, monitoring and accountability of Save the Children’s work in nutrition. The Senior Nutrition Director (Nutrition Team Leader) works in collaboration with the Vice President of Global Health, Associate Vice President of Global Health and the Global Health Senior Leadership Team members to define the strategic direction, ensure program quality, identify and seek funding opportunities, …Read More
Due to the election process and the transition to a new executive committee, we are currently out of capacity to update/create members’ profiles. We hope to resume this service as soon as possible in 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience.Read More
World Nutrition Cape Town 2016 Due to popular request, late breaking abstracts for poster presentation is now open until 29 July at 24h00 (GMT+2). This is the final chance to present in what promises to be an informative, interactive and engaging conference. Submit your abstracts for poster presentation at World Nutrition Cape Town 2016 and click here for submission guidelines.
Calls for public-private partnerships and collaborations on nutrition and non-communicable disease polices are now part of the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations (UN) agenda. Such partnerships can present unique challenges, especially when they involve commercial entities whose products which are high in fat, salt and sugar contribute to obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Efforts to address governance gaps on conflict of interest (COI) for food and nutrition policy …Read More
Today George Osborne announces a “sugar levy” on soft drinks in two years’ time that would raise more than £500 million which will be applied toward funding school sports. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver called it a “profound move” and Professor Mc Gregor of Action on Sugar welcomed the move as “excellent” To learn more about this news click here.
This Thursday March 19, 2016 Paraguay’ s Senators are voting a bill aimed to protect children’s´ health. If approved, this law will include strategies such as banning junk foods at schools, restricting food marketing to children, implementing nutrition food labelling; and a fiscal reform to promote healthy eating. Civil society groups have started a petition on change.org to advocate for approval of this law. To support “Ley de Malnutrición Paraguay” …Read More
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The PAHO Nutrient Profile Model is now available online. It provides detailed criteria of critical nutrients (free sugars, sodium, saturated fat, total fat and trans-fatty acids), as well as caloric and non-caloric sweeteners are defined for PAHO Members States to develop policies and regulations to curb the consumption of energy-dense/nutrient-poor foods and non-alcoholic beverages.Read More
The WPHNA salutes the new report “Carbonating the World. The marketing and Health Impact of Sugar Drinks in Low- and Middle- income Countries”, published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The report explains how the two major global soft-drink producers have shifted to invest and to grow their market among low- and middle-income countries to overcome the declining sales in high-income countries. The report mentions the main strategies used by these corporations and also provides some recommendations to governments, civil society and the catering industry to overcome the massive growth of sugar-sweetened beverages market on emerging countries.Read More
The founding editor in chief of World Nutrition, Geoffrey Cannon, is resigning to lead a new independent journal, Nourish. This journal and website will be completely independent from any organisation and dedicated to the cause of public health and nutrition. World Nutrition, the WPHNA journal, will continue its ongoing commitment to science, policy, and action devoted to public health nutrition. A new editor in chief of World Nutrition will be appointed shortly. Fabio Gomes, President of WPHNA, thanks Geoffrey Cannon on behalf of the Association for his leadership and commitment to establishing and publishing WN since its launch in 2010.Read More
The XVII Congress of the Latin American Society of Nutrition (SLAN 2015) is being held in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, from 8 to 12 November 2015. The Panamanian Association of Dietitians/Nutritionists (APND) is taking this opportunity to raise awareness for the need of regulation on nutrition labelling in Panama. The country still faces challenges due to the lack of norms and standards on nutrition labelling in the back of packages. Labelling is not standardised in format, content, nor even in language (many different languages can be found, from English, to Arab and Mandarin). APND is taking this message to SLAN 2015, and calls for support from international organizations to ensure that the country adopts standards for nutrition labelling in accordance with Codex Alimentarius guidelines. Read More
Evidence-based interventions and procedures are central to public health and nutrition practice. One of the topics that has been hitting the headlines lately is sitting at work. Research found that lack of movement, including sitting for too long, has a negative impact on health. At the same time, many devices have appeared on the market, using health claims (i.e. improve health or even weight loss) with little scientific support. The Cochrane Work Group at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Kuopio, Finland, are trying to find out which of the gadgets actually work and which ones do not raise to the promise. The group initiated a crowdfunding campaign in order to support the updating of a systematic review regarding this issue. People who want to get involved can support the initiative by participating in the campaign. After the campaign is closed, there will be a webinar, which will present the results and findings of the systematic review.Read More
The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and the Infant Feeding Consortium are organizing a course for doctors, midwives and other senior health professionals in South East Asia. The course Breastfeeding: Advocacy and Practice will take place in Penang, Malaysia, from 19 to 31 October 2015. This is a 2-week in-depth training course on breastfeeding and related aspects of young child feeding. It aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed for coordinated action on breastfeeding in the region. Read More
Dr. Fabio da Silva Gomes is a Brazilian national, currently based in Rio de Janeiro. Formerly Association External Affairs Secretary, he is starting his term as Association President on April 1st, 2015. Dr Gomes has been involved with the Association since its origins, and here he tells us more about himself, his current work, and his plans for WPHNA in the next four years.Read More
The period for nomination for a new president closed at the end of February. After a positive recommendation by three independent scrutineers and approval by the Executive Committee, I am very pleased to announce that the only candidate that put themselves forward, Fabio Gomes, has been duly elected president of the Association. Fabio will take up the role on the 1st of April, 2015, and will serve for one four year term, as laid down in our constitution. Read More
In this issue we continue our ‘I get around’ series, where Association members tell stories of where they are, what they are doing, who they have met, and why they believe or hope they are doing valuable work. This month we have Siri Solberg, who recently finished her MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, and who presented her research at our Oxford Conference in September 2014. She tells us about her experience in combining nutrition and economics.Read More
This is a call for candidates for the Association’s Executive Committee (EC), which is its governing body. The position is for President, after the completion of the term of office of Barrie Margetts. Members of the Association are invited to put forward their candidacy for this position. The deadline for candidacies is Friday 27th February 2015, 23.59 GMT. Candidates should download the application form online and submit it to email@example.com. The electorate is fully paid-up Association members. Voting will take place from 6th March and will close on 20th March 23.59 GMT. The checking and counting process will be overseen by two independent scrutineers. Announcement of the results of the election will be made before the end of March.Read More
This 10-ECTS elective master level course will take place in Oslo, Norway, from 6 January to 12 February 2015 (6 weeks). The course is run by the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), in collaboration with the Department of Nutrition and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, both at the University of Oslo (UiO). The course is open to students from different backgrounds, including nutrition, health sciences, environmental studies, development studies, agriculture/food production, law, political science, anthropology, sociology and interdisciplinary master programmes involving any of these subject areas. The course costs 730 Norwegian Kroner (83 Euro). Deadline for application is 20 December 2014.Read More
The Association organises international conferences every two years, beginning in 2012. This call is for hosting the WPHNA’s World Nutrition 2016 conference, to be held in the second half of 2016. Hosting the conference will raise the profile your institution and we are sure it will be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. The deadline for bids is 31st January 2015, and the selected host will be announced on 28th February 2015. Bids should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, following the guidelines described in this call.Read More
WPHNA is not in any way involved in the III World Congress of Public Health Nutrition.
It has come to my attention that there is ongoing confusion about the conferences organized by WPHNA and others of a similar name. The IIIrd World Congress of Public Health Nutrition, which will happen in Granada, Spain, in November 2014, is being organized by the Sociedad Española de Nutrición Comunitaria. At no stage during the planning and organization of this meeting has WPHNA been involved. We are not financial or scientific supporters of that event. The only meetings we have been responsible for are our recent Oxford Meeting, and our previous World Nutrition Rio 2012 congress, both run with funds from registration fees, public sources and non-conflicted private sector support (excluding therefore the food industry).
This division and confusion are regrettable. But we are open for dialogue.Read More
Our election process has come to an end, and we are happy to inform that Margaret Miller was elected the new Professional Affairs Secretary of WPHNA! This is effective immediately.
We received many comments from voting members, indicating that both candidates were highly qualified for the position and should be engaged, irrespective of who is elected. We have therefore invited Rubina Hakeem to be part of the Professional Affairs portfolio and take an active role to support the development of the public health nutrition workforce worldwide. Both Margaret and Rubina will be an asset to the Association, and we are happy to have them on board!Read More
FIAN International is looking for a new Coordinator for its Program on Right to Adequate Food Accountability. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2014. Candidates from the Global South are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate has a master’s degree in Human Rights, Political Science, Food and Nutrition, Social Studies, Law or related field-or equivalent experience, at least 10 years of work experience and fluency in English, as well as French or Spanish. Read More
A new chapter on healthy living and NCDs titled “Healthy Living and the Prevention, Control and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Children and Adolescents” is now available for public comment. The chapter will be submitted for possible inclusion in UNICEF’s iconic handbook, Facts for Life. Your thoughts and comments are critical to ensuring the chapter is relevant, accurate and practical. All of the received feedback will be provided directly to the chapter’s authors for consideration. Read More
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 email@example.com.
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
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
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
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
The deadline to submit applications for the Association’s Executive Committee (EC) has now been extended to 7 July at 23:59 GMT. We have previously announced that two positions in the EC are or will be soon vacant. The two positions are President, after the completion of the term of office of Barrie Margetts, and Professional Affairs Secretary, after the retirement from office of Roger Hughes. Considering the low number of applications received, and to give Association members more opportunity to consider taking an active role in the Association, the EC decided to extend the deadline.Read More
In this issue we continue our regular ‘I get around’ series. Every month, Association members will tell stories of where they are, what they are doing, who they have met, and why they believe or hope they are doing valuable work. This month we have Mayya Husseini, about her views and experiences as a beginner public health nutritionist in Barcelona. She is focusing her column on initiatives to reduce food waste and a dinner event promoting the consumption of organic and local foods.Read More
On April 4, 2014, Brazil published a new resolution by the National Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents (CONANDA), in which all types of publicity directed towards children are considered abusive. The resolution mentions that directing publicity and any type of market communication to children with the intention of persuading them to the consumption of any product or service is abusive, therefore illegal according to the National Code for Consumer Protection. The resolution entered into force on the date of its publication, and covers all types of media, such as printed materials, television and radio commercials, banners and websites, labels, merchandising, promotions of any kind and activities in sale points and events. Read More
Earlier this year, we conducted a membership consultation regarding the move of the Association as a registered charity in the UK, and the contents of our new governing document. We have updated our governing document because our original constitution was incorporated in Austria, which was where two of our original governing body resided. This created a very difficult language barrier for the Executive Committee to conduct the Association’s business, and the best option identified was to ensure that all documents and procedures occurred in English. Regarding the move of the Association as a charity in the UK, 95.31% of voting members were in favour. Regarding the new governing document, again 95.31% were in favour and approved the draft. The final version of the document will now be sent to the UK authorities.Read More
A new report entitled Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada: An Assessment of the State of Knowledge has recently been published by the Council of Canadian Academies, after a request by the Ministry of Health. The report, written by an Expert Panel, indicates that food insecurity among northern Aboriginal peoples requires urgent attention in order to mitigate impacts on health and well-being, and offers policy-makers a starting-point for discussion and problem-solving, as well as evidence and options to researchers and communities engaging in local responses. Read More
Association member Deborah Navarro Rosenblatt has just become the first cPHN – Certified Public Health Nutritionist. Our certification scheme was launched in 2013. It is a practitioner certification system, with professional recognition as primary goal. Any WPHNA member can apply. Meet Deborah, and learn more about how she became the very first cPHN in the world!Read More
Two documents are expected to come out of the ICN2 — a political outcome document and a framework of action for its implementation. A zero draft of the political outcome document, prepared by the FAO and WHO Secretariats, has now been released for public consultation. The draft political outcome document focuses on multiple threats of malnutrition are a major challenge to global development; a vision for global action to end all forms of malnutrition; committing to action. Comments will be consolidated by the joint conference secretariat of FAO/WHO and be presented to the Member States Joint Working Group in March 2014. General comments can be provided as well as comments to specific sections. Deadline: 21 March 2014.Read More
We are currently consulting our members about our new proposed governing document. This document was updated because our original constitution was incorporated in Austria, which was where two of our original governing body resided.
As our head office has now relocated to London, we are obtaining registration in the UK, and therefore need a governing document that responds to the UK Charities Commission’s requirements. All paid up members for 2013 and 2014 are eligible to participate in this consultation, and have received an email with instructions on how to participate.
If you believe you are eligible to participate and have not received an email, please contact us.
The deadline is Tuesday 11th March 2014.Read More
WN is read in over 80 countries and territories, by public health and nutrition professionals, senior policy-makers, and people who care about family and personal health. Since our launch in mid-2010, we have carried contributions from over 150 authors from all continents. WN is edited and produced by a group of volunteers. We need more members of our team. We are looking for associate or assistant editors from all continents, including Asia, the Arab world and Africa. We are looking for editors for various WN sections. New contributors are always welcome but what we most need is editorial support. Interested? Please let us know. Read More
We are pleased to announce that a new, automated membership system has just been implemented, to facilitate the process of membership renewal, as well as membership application for those who are not yet members. At a first stage, both existing members who renew and new members will be prompted to complete a personal information form with updated contact details, as well as a conflict of interest declaration. We invite you to renew your membership for 2014, or become a member.
You can now choose to join/renew for one or three years, and will receive a username and password that you can use to login to a members-only area. By renewing your membership, you will be eligible to apply for our professional certification scheme and become a Certified Public Health Nutritionist (cPHN). Your membership will give you discounted rates for our upcoming conferences, like the next one happening in September this year in Oxford, UK.Read More
The Food Security Information Network (FSIN) is a new network hosted by WFP and staffed by FAO, IFPRI and WFP experts. It was established to enable developing countries to build sustainable information systems on food and nutrition security. Registration is open to representatives of national, regional or global institutions, NGOs, private companies, academic institutions and individual food and nutrition security professionals. You can register and obtain more information by visiting the FSIN website: www.fsincop.netRead More
I get around is one of our regular series. Every month, Association members tell stories of where they are, what they are doing, who they have met, and why they believe or hope they are doing valuable work. This month we have Isabela Sattamini, telling us about her experience in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, working with nutrition education in schools, as well as her encounter with Marion Nestle in New York City in September 2013.Read More
The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) has today published a 10-point action plan for governments to tackle obesity. The Policy Briefing calls on governments to take a systems wide approach to tackling obesity and to work with civil society, especially to monitor the drivers of disease and to hold all stakeholders accountable for progress. It also calls for further steps to be taken to strengthen nutrition security by protecting consumers, primarily children, from inducements to consume unhealthy products. Read More
Public Health Nutrition (PHN) is looking for contributions for a Special Issue on “Sustainability and Public Health Nutrition”, which will be published in 2015. The deadline for submissions is 15 March 2014. Submitted manuscripts must be original and may not be under review by another publication. The manuscript selection process will follow standard journal procedures, reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Read More
Metropolitan University College Copenhagen, Denmark, is opening three positions as assistant/associate professors in health education; physical activity; public health nutrition and/or food policy & food security. Applicants should hold an MSc or PhD in relevant areas, as well as previous teaching experience. The employment periods are scheduled to begin between 1 January and 1 May 2014 and run for 1, 1½ and 2 years. The positions are full time. Deadline for applications is 13 December 2013. Read More
The Association has been declared a Biodiversity Champion by the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in recognition of its important contribution to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. “WPHNA has a strong commitment to the promotion of biodiversity for food and nutrition, and the concept of sustainable diets which has biodiversity at its core,” said Barrie Margetts, WPHNA President. Read More
In August 2013, WHO opened a web-based consultation on the zero draft of a set of indicators to monitor the progress with the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020. The deadline for submission of contributions was today, November 8. A joint response was prepared and submitted on behalf of 12 international organisations concerned with noncommunicable diseases, who are members of the UK NCDs and Development Task Force. Read More
I get around is one of our regular series. Every month, Association members tell stories of where they are, what they are doing, who they have met, and why they believe or hope they are doing valuable work. This month we have Ana Lucia Mayen, telling us about her experience in Guatemala and her work with PAHO after the national food security crisis that affected the country.Read More
A position as Assistant Professor in Nutrition and Food Science is now open at Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA. The appointment includes curriculum development as well as teaching and developing undergraduate and graduate courses in food and sustainable operations, food and the environment, food and agra-systems, and food production. Candidates must have earned a doctorate in food production, agriculture, food studies, environmental sciences, or a related field, with expertise in food systems and production. Review begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Read More
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is meeting from 7 to 10 October for its 40th session, in FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting is being broadcasted live online. Sessions are being held between 9.30 and 18.30 CEST. Read More
The UNSCN and the Public Health and Environment Department of WHO have launched the photo contest Your FOOD, Your HEALTH, Your FUTURE! The initiative is aimed at young people aged 18 to 25 years affected by changes in their environment and wishing to voice their opinion on the links between climate change, nutrition and health. Deadline to submit photos is 11 of October 2013.Read More
Unfortunately La Lonja is not going to be open on Wednesday. Therefore, the informal gathering for WPHNA members will be happening at a place called Oleum, also very close to the conference venue (2 minute walk). Here is the address: Oleum, San Anton 81, 18005 Granada. Tel 0034 958295357. Anyone who wants to come can go there directly or they can meet Sarah Kehoe at 19:00 at the Palacio de Congress Meeting point in the reception area on level 0 and she will show you how to get there. We will be at Oleum from just after 19:00. Read More
Anna Lartey is an Associate Professor at the University of Ghana and President-elect of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS, 2009-2013). In June this year, Anna very kindly agreed to be interviewed by the Association so that we could find out her thoughts about her upcoming term as IUNS President, the Granada Congress, and her advice for young public health nutrition professionals.Read More
Concern Worldwide is currently looking for an international Nutrition Manager in Manica, Mozambique. The professional will manage a multi-sector nutrition-sensitive project and support the linkage of Concern nutrition-sensitive programming to the strategic development of nutrition in the Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor. All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date (Sept 4th 2013). CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.Read More
The Union of Concerned Scientists has recently released the report: The $11 Trillion Reward: How Simple Dietary Changes Can Save Lives and Money, and How We Get There. The report brings evidence to show that increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables could save more than 100,000 lives and $17 billion in health care costs from heart disease each year in the United States.Read More
A multimillion Coca-Cola advertising campaign has been withdrawn and sanctioned in Mexico, in a move by the federal Attorney General for Consumer Protection in Mexico, following a complaint from El Poder del Consumidor. This is the largest and most important case of withdrawal of publicity in Mexico. Coca Cola has since removed thousands of billboard and internet ads.Read More
Newcastle University has an open position as Lecturer / Senior lecturer in Public Health Nutrition. For appointment at senior lecturer level candidates will need a PhD in nutrition, public health or a related discipline. To be appointed at lecturer level candidates will need to be a developing academic in nutrition, public health or a related discipline, with a good publication record and evidence of effectiveness in applying for research income. Closing date for applications is 1 September 2013. Read More
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has an open position for a technical adviser on nutrition-sensitive rural development. The technical adviser will work on planning, implementation and reporting associated with the Canadian Supplementary Fund on Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture and Rural Development, and also on technological, institutional and operational policy support to staff, field missions and regional programmes at all stages of the country programme. Applicants should have at least 8 years of professional work with relevant experience in food security, nutrition and rural development. The duration of the assignment is 3 years, based on Rome, Italy. Deadline for applications is 26 July 2013.Read More
Save the Children is recruiting a Senior Nutrition Adviser to lead their nutrition approach and programmes. The role of Senior Nutrition Adviser is a strategic position because it leads Save the Children UK’s nutrition programme work managing a team of nutrition specialists across the world designing a growing portfolio of innovative and large-scale programmes and assuring the quality of their implementation and generation of high quality evidence. Potential candidates could be working for international or national organisations (UN, NGOs or governments) with a focus on the design, management and generation of evidence from nutrition programmes, successfully engaging in new strategic opportunities and holding responsibility for delivering outcomes. The deadline is 31 July.Read More
We are now launching our CERTIFICATION SCHEME. This is a practitioner certification system, part of the Association’s commitment to, and responsibility for, assisting the professionalization of the public health nutrition workforce worldwide. Professional recognition is a primary objective of the certification system, and successful applicants will be able to use the title “Certified Public Health Nutritionist” and the post-nominals “cPHN”.Read More
The United Nations System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) has just published a call for contributions for the next issue of its peer reviewed publication, the SCN News. The SCN News 40 will be exploring issues such as: how do agriculture and food systems impact nutrition outcomes? How can they contribute to improved nutrition? What can be done, and how? Deadline to submit contributions is 15 August.Read More
A second online discussion feeding into the preparations of the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) has been launched by the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition. The topic being discussed now is Nutrition-enhancing agriculture and food systems. Participants are invited to comment on the background papers and materials for the ICN2 and on how to incorporate nutrition objectives, concerns and considerations into agriculture and food systems, to improve diets and raise levels of food and nutrition security. Deadline for contributions is 22 July.Read More
A post-doctoral fellowship position is now open within the scientific framework of the SurFood program. The post-doctoral researcher will work on the construction of a model of representation of urban food systems. This model will allow assessing the sustainability, to simulate some innovations on the sustainability of the system and to give back a picture of the interactions among the actors who are responsible for the evolution of the system. Application deadline is 19 August.Read More
The sixty-sixth session of the World Health Assembly took place on 20–28 May 2013, at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Here is a summary of the key achievements of this years’ WHA for public health nutrition.Read More
Studying abroad had always been a clear idea in my mind. But which master’s degree should I choose? It was very obvious to me: coming from a developing country where almost half of the population lives in poverty and at least 25% in extreme poverty, public health was the right choice. The alarming rates of stunting (chronic undernutrition) in the country (49.8%) made it clear that I had to do something about it.Read More
An open statement was released on June 24 by a group of renowned scientists and policy makers from India, expressing their concerns over future policy decisions based on the Lancet Series on Nutrition, 2013. It has the purpose of warning the Indian Government and other stakeholders not to allow the series to become an opportunity for the commercial exploitation of malnutrition.Read More
The new WHO/Europe report shows that television is still the most frequently used medium for advertising all types of goods and service, but internet and digital advertising has increased rapidly during the last decade and is expected to be a significant medium in the coming years. New marketing techniques include digital television, online marketing, mobiles and smartphones, and social networking.Read More
A recent New York Times article called into question the US guidelines for daily sodium intake, citing a new Institute of Medicine report. But the article’s interpretation of the report is misleading, according to nutrition experts from the Harvard School of Public Health. Read More
Last month FAO and Slow Food International signed a three-year Memorandum of Agreement to develop joint work to improve the livelihoods of smallholders and others working in rural areas, with actions such as advocacy campaigns, strengthening networks and raising awareness.Read More
On June 6th, The Lancet will publish a series of five papers featuring new data and policy recommendations on global nutrition. The papers are a follow-up to the Lancet’s landmark 2008 Series, which helped put nutrition on the global health and development agenda and identified the 1,000 days of a mother’s pregnancy until her child’s second birthday as the priority window for impact.Read More
I last left you in the rural Nicaraguan community of Fila Grande, where I was getting oriented to the work of AMOS Health & Hope and my gap year position as their research assistant. Since then, I’ve continued and expanded my work with AMOS. These experiences of community engagement and immersion have made me think about the strengths of the people we serve and the unconscious biases of institutions toward their constituents. Read More
CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS! Ronald McDonald and Tony the Tiger will make an appearance at the sixty-sixth session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva. This Monday 20th of May campaigners dressed as these mascots will gather to raise awareness for the dangers of marketing of unhealthy foods to children and to call for a complete ban of such actions.Read More
The Association is moving forward with its actions on workforce development. We are now launching our Professional Affairs section of the website, where we describe key action areas that have at its focus supporting the broad professionalization of public health nutrition as a practice discipline, in order to building nutrition capacity. We are enthusiastic to work with partners to take this work forward.Read More
A new publication edited by Harriet Kuhnlein, Chief Bill Erasmus, Dina Spigelski and Barbara Burlingame will be launched on May 25 in New York, at the United Nations Plaza. The event will happen at 10.30 AM during the gathering of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.Read More
A short statement on the WHO Global Action Plan on NCDs is being submitted to the sixty-sixth session of the WHA on behalf of IASO and IOTF, with the co-signatories of WCRF International, Consumers International, WPHNA, WASH and the UK Health Forum.Read More
The People’s Open Access Education Initiative was established to help build Public Health capacity in low- to middle-income countries. They offer a Certificate, Diploma and Masters of Public Health, and are currently looking for tutors in Public Health Nutrition.Read More
The National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health at the Australian National University (ANU) has an opportunity for an early to mid career researcher with a quantitative and qualitative background to work in the area of globalization, trade, food and public policy led by Professor Sharon Friel. The position strives to improve understanding of the relationship between globalization, trade and health equity, with a strong focus on food systems. The position is for two (2) years in the first instance and the deadline for application is 31 May 2013.Read More
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.
UPDATED: Next session will happen in May 10, webcast available! The motto of our congress was Knowledge, Policy, Action. With that motto, we proposed to the participants to go beyond a meeting and promote continued discussion and real action in public health nutrition. And that is exactly what is being done in Brazil.Read More
This month we are featuring six new profiles of members from the 5 different continents: Ali Dhansay, from South Africa; Amanda Lee, from Australia; Deborah Navarro Rosenblatt, Chilean and German citizen; Nick Mawani, born in Kenya; Pheak Chhoun, from Cambodia; and Shara Smith, from Ireland.Read More
The Israel Ministry of Health hosted a meeting of the WHO Regional Office for Europe with Nutrition Focal Points from 10-13 March. The aim of the meeting was to develop a draft action plan for food and nutrition for Europe, to be formally adopted in Vienna in July 2013. The meeting consisted of short presentations of the challenges, recent developments and highlighted some examples of different approaches being adopted in Member States. The Association were invited to attend as Advisors, and asked to make a presentation on the importance of improving nutrition capacity within the health sector for the success of the Action Plan.Read More
Coming to the end of my master’s degree at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2011, the question that kept on ringing louder than ever in my head was ‘where do I want to go from here?’ Given the global financial and you-name-them crises, it would be much wiser to let the place pick you. But I’ve never been one to ignore my instincts and I knew exactly where they were taking me – Barcelona.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is working to develop institutional and professional capacities in nutrition education in Africa through the Education for Effective Nutrition in Action (ENACT) project, funded by the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV). Read More
Recent debate over high fat and high protein diet regimens has disturbed South African nutrition and other health professionals. At the head of this debate is one of South Africa’s most respected sports nutrition scientists, Prof Tim Noakes of the University of Cape Town (UCT).Read More
The Association has been actively engaged in many important international activities. Along with other partners we have contributed comments on the Draft Global Action Plan on the prevention and control of NCDs. The main thrust of our contribution has been to support and emphasis the importance of developing and supporting the nutrition workforce to deliver and evaluate the implementation of the plans of action. We suggested wording that encouraged member states to protect food policy from the undue influences of vested interests.Read More