EUFIC at the 11th European Nutrition Conference

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On 26-29 October 2011, an expected 2,000 nutrition experts will gather at the European Nutrition Conference in Madrid. Under the slogan “Diversity versus Globalization: A Nutritional Challenge for a Changing Europe”, the conference will analyse the nutritional and lifestyle problems of the entire resident population in Europe.

“The European challenge is to achieve free access to healthy diets, but above all, to appropriate education on nutrition in the context of Europe living in a continuous change resulting from migration”, explains Prof. Ascensión Marcos, President of the 11th European Nutrition Conference (FENS) and Head of the Immunonutrition Research Group in the Department of Metabolism & Nutrition in the Institute of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Among the more than 200 lectures and 130 oral communications analysing the best nutrition and lifestyle guidelines in Europe, the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) will be present with sessions on DG-Research funded projects where EUFIC is a partner, giving lectures and an exhibition stand. EUFIC’s Director General Dr Josephine Wills will give a lecture on “Consumers and Health Claims” on Friday 28 October at 14.00-15.30.

Thursday 27 October

Evaluation of Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating: Results from the EATWELL project


The FP7-funded project EATWELL (Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating Habits: Evaluation and Recommendations), will give the session: “Evaluation of Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating: Results from the EATWELL project”. Across the European Union, member state policy interventions aimed at improving diet and lifestyle, and reducing related diseases have, in the past, had mixed results. EATWELL is working on cataloguing these interventions, evaluating what has worked well and why. It is investigating how the public sector can effectively market promising dietary interventions to the population, and what attitudinal barriers may be faced in implementation in the range of countries. For further information about the EATWELL project, click here.


Nutritional Research and Education in Europe- Health Promotion Strategies


The FP6-funded project IDEFICS (Identification and prevention of Dietary- and lifestyle-induced health Effects In Children and infantS) , will be presenting “Nutritional Research and Education in Europe – Health Promotion Strategies”. IDEFICS is coming to the end of its five year term in which it sought to deliver reliable data for the international assessment of obesity in children by exploring the risks of overweight and obesity in children as well as the associated long-term consequences. For more information about the IDEFICS project, click here.


Food Choices and Preferences in European Adolescents: Results from the HELENA Study


Another FP6 funded project, HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) is presenting their most recent analysis of the data collected during the three year investigation of nutritional status, behaviour, fitness and physical activity patterns of adolescents across 10 European counties. HELENA will hold the session “Food Choices and Preferences in European Adolescents: Results from the HELENA Study”. For more information about the HELENA study, click here.


Friday 28 October

Personalised Nutrition: A Realistic Perspective?


In the session “Personalised Nutrition: A Realistic Perspective?”, coordinator of the Food4Me project, Dr. Michael Gibney of UCD Institute of Food and Health, University College Dublin will present the talk entitled “Personalised nutrition: Challenges and opportunities”. Food4Me is an EU, FP7 funded project investigating all aspects of personalised nutrition, from consumer perspectives to business creation models for the implementation of personalised nutrition. The project will include a large proof of principle study investigating three levels of personalised nutrition. Individuals can vary greatly in their response to different nutrients and dietary components and considering the phenotypic and genetic differences in response to diet is an important aspect of providing effective dietary advice.


Nutrition in Special Situations – European Recommendations Aligned, How Do We (EURRECA) Realise This?


The EURRECA (EURopean micronutrients RECommendations Aligned) Network of Excellence, will hold the session “Nutrition in Special Situations – European Recommendations Aligned, How Do We (EURRECA) Realise This?” Across Europe there is considerable variation in dietary recommendations, causing confusion amongst policy-makers, health professionals, consumers and the food industry. EURRECA is a Network of Excellence in which standardised and transparent methodologies for deriving data and information required for setting micronutrient recommendations are being developed. For further information about the EURRECA Network of Excellence, click here.

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