ENDietS February Newsletter 2019






February 2019










We are looking for speakers for Student Day 2019!
Are you one of them?

Send us an email here: endiets@efad.org, with your CV and a motivation letter.







EFAD's Student of the Year Award 2019 was designed to award the highest achieving student studying or graduating in   2018 or 2019. If you are or were a BSc or MSc student of Nutrition and Dietetics in the academic years 2017/2018 or 2018/2019, and if you are a member of a National Dietetic Association or are studying at a Higher Education Institution that is a member of EFAD, then please apply for an opportunity to be named EFAD's Student of the Year!
How to apply?
Click here and follow the instructions carefully!
Don't miss this amazing opportunity!! The application deadline is 1st June 2019!





ENDietS has produced FREE webinars on many topics.
You can view the webinars on
Next webinars:
Free EFAD Webinar: Promoting Global Dietitians


Next EFAD Conference (12th) will take place in Berlin on 1 & 2 of November 2019, with a special Students’ Day at 31st of October.
Join this year's Student Day at the 12th EFAD Conference and get the chance to meet our team. During the Student Day students from different countries will share with the audience their experience regarding Erasmus projects, placements and research work. In addition, a speaker from the EFAD Conference will join the ENDietS activities to talk to the students.
Stay in touch for more details like call for speakers,registration fee, program etc.






Get to know us





Stella Mirić
Anchor function: President
Favorite food: Pineaplle and Ice-cream
"European Network of Dietetic Students is a huge platform with incredible opportunity to rise, develop and give support to all the students around the Europe and further. It’s a great opportunity to collaborate, spread ideas and knowledge."



Marianna Kalliostra
Anchor function: President
Favorite food:Tragic irony but it has to be chocolate
"The ENDietS team is something really innovative in the field of nutrition and dietetics and it is important the voice of students to be heard. Being an anchor makes me more active in spreading this voice than just being a member."



Íris Sousa
Anchor function: Secretary general

Favorite food: Codfish with cream 
"As an anchor I’m expecting to have the possibility of sharing some of my ideas related to the field of Nutrition and Dietetics with the Nutrition student’s community."



Nena Karavasiloglou


Anchor function: Senior Education Anchor

Favorite food: Chocolate! And coffee!

"I would like to increase the frequency with which the webinars are given and also increase the variety of topics presented!"



Rafailia Theodorou
Anchor function: Junior Education Anchor
Favorite food: Italian
"As junior education anchor my aim is to promote education and lifelong learning in dietetic students"



Mihail Carla

Anchor function: Conference; National Key Contact for Romania
Favorite food: Mediterranean food, Romanian cuisine 
"As conference anchor I would like to contribute to the next ENDietS Student’s day during the EFAD’s Conference. As this will be my first time joining an EFAD Conference, I am sure that I will learn a lot, not only professionally but also personally."



Virginia Kefala
Anchor function: Conference anchor
Favorite food: greek mama’s “kokkinisto”
"My purpose as a Conference Anchor is to do my best in order for the student day of the EFAD conference to be as good as it gets. I would like for dietetic students to learn their capabilities and be inspired to keep working hard and achieving their goals, evolving our science."



Maria Maragkoudaki
Anchor function: Sustainability
Favorite food: mama’s fasolada (cooked beans)
"A sustainable way of living that maintains the rapid changes in a balanced environment is now, more than ever, necessary. Development is inevitable. However, with the contribution of all the sciences, economy, sociology, environmental, nutrition, engineering and many others, this can be achieved with the least cost for the planet and hence the people."



Maud Mazaniello-Chézol
Anchor function: Mundus & Education
"I hope, through ENDietS inclusive projects, to engage students in the process
of the development of this promising network and to contribute to the progression of our profession as a group."



Christina -Ariadni Valagkouti

Anchor function: Public Health
Favorite food: Chicken nuggets
"Ideally, I would like to promote and protect public health and educate people of various ages, professions and education levels about the prevention of nutrition-related diseases."



Ecem Ortasarı

Anchor function: Online Communication

Favorite food: Beef, yogurt, fresh vegetables. Also i’m a coffee addict
"I want to all dietetics students know something about our platform. I expect that students learn what are their opportunities, share information with each other on this long road which we walk together"



Beatriz Neves

Anchor function: International Anchor and National Key Contact
Favorite food: Everything that takes veggies in it, and I also like to discover and taste new flavours and cuisines! But I can’t resist to waffles and ice cream!
"As an International anchor I want to make it possible by providing them several University choices, as well as some internships places, and facilitate the communication between foreign students and the organizations."



Melia Karampela



Anchor function: Social Media Anchor

Favorite food: Spaghetti
"I hope to help the social media section to develop and let as many as possible students get information about this network and what their participation can offer to them."  



Merve Güney

Anchor function:Promotion and Recruitment
Favorite food: Any types of fruits, Italian cuisine, salads with legumes
"As ‘’Promotion & Recruitment’’ anchor I really want to interact with all the nutrition & dietetics students all around the world in order to inspire and get inspired."




Ιnês Gomes Ramalho
Anchor function: International Anchor; Portugal National key contact
Favorite food: Bacalhau com Natas
"As a national key contact for Portugal I want to contribute by sharing what is happening in Portugal’s nutrition world – new research, innovative work being developed, important nutrition figures and Ditetics’ associations."



Ursula Lukas
Anchor function: EFAD conference organising committee, sustainability of the network
Favorite food: try out something new, especially local food
"I would like to support and mentor anchors where and whenever needed. I am looking forward to realise an interesting students day in cooperation with EFAD. My aim is sustainability of the network and to involve more dietetic students."



Koen Vanherle
Anchor function: EFAD
Favorite food: all vegetarian options
"I will be the contact  and bridge between EFAD and the students network and therefore regularly ask feedback and in  some cases approval from EFAD."


Sneak peek of the latest evidence



Evidence mounts that gut bacteria can influence mood, prevent depression
In “Science”

Two species of gut bacteria — Dialister and Coprococcus — are reduced in people with depression, finds a large study of Belgian and Dutch people. Meanwhile, Faecalibacterium and Coprococcus bacteria were consistently associated with higher quality of life. The finding doesn’t prove cause and effect, but it does contribute to mounting evidence that there is a ‘gut–brain axis’ at work.

A new genomic blueprint of the human gut microbiota
In “Nature”

Almeida, A. et al. A new genomic blueprint of the human gut microbiota. Nature https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019- 0965-1 (2019).
The human gut microbiota composition is linked to health and disease, but knowledge of individual microbial species is needed to decipher their biological role. Despite extensive culturing and sequencing efforts, the complete bacterial repertoire of the human gut microbiota remains undefined. Here we identify 1,952 uncultured candidate bacterial species by reconstructing 92,143 metagenome-assembled genomes from 11,850 human gut microbiomes. These uncultured genomes substantially expand the known species repertoire of the collective human gut microbiota, with a 281% increase in phylogenetic diversity. Although the newly identified species are less prevalent in well-studied populations compared to reference isolate genomes, they improve classification of understudied African and South American samples by over 200%. These candidate species encode hundreds of novel biosynthetic gene clusters and possess a distinctive functional capacity that might explain their elusive nature. Our work uncovers the uncultured gut bacterial diversity, providing unprecedented resolution for taxonomic and functional characterization of the intestinal microbiota.

Researchers are uncovering the biological secrets — and potential health benefits — of one of the world’s most consequential plants.
In “Nature”

Other than plain water, tea is the world’s most popular drink — more than two billion cups are consumed every day. For the thousands of years since the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, was first cultivated in China, people have sipped an infusion of its leaves for stimulation, relaxation and aspirations of achieving good health.

Maternal body mass index, gestational weight gain, and the risk of overweight and obesity across childhood: An individual participant data meta-analysis
In “PlosOne”

Maternal obesity and excessive gestational weight gain may have persistent effects on offspring fat development. However, it remains unclear whether these effects differ by severity of obesity, and whether these effects are restricted to the extremes of maternal body mass index (BMI) and gestational weight gain. We aimed to assess the separate and combined associations of maternal BMI and gestational weight gain with the risk of overweight/obesity throughout childhood, and their population impact.


The World of Dietetics & Nutrition at a glance


'We’ve lost our way': dietitians call for new nutrition guidelines
In "The Sydney Morning Herald"
The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) has released a report examining the cost of poor nutrition to Australians’ health, calling on the government to update its National Nutrition Policy.The report, titled Nourish Not Neglect: Putting health on our nation’s table, highlighted that less than one per cent of the population eat according to the Australian Dietary Guidelines, and 67 per cent of adults are overweight or obese, a rise of more than 10 per cent in two decades.
Source: https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/health-and-wellness/we-ve-lost-our-way-dietitians-call-for-new-nutrition-guidelines-20190212-p50x4v.html



About guidelines…

In Europe, in November 2018, the EFSA published interactive tools for the dietary reference values: https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/interactive-pages/drvs

In Canada, the new Food Guide has been released in January 2019: https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/

In France, the PNNS4 has been revised in 2017 and more recently: http://www.mangerbouger.fr/PNNS




AUC, AfDB launches scorecard to track nutrition progress
In "Ghana News Agency"
The African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and global partners have launched the Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard to raise awareness and reinforce commitments by African governments to help end malnutrition.
Source: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/health/auc-afdb-launches-scorecard-to-track-nutrition-progress-145244



Global report


2018 Global Nutrition Report

The 2018 Global Nutrition Report shares insights into the current state of global nutrition, highlighting the unacceptably high burden of malnutrition in the world. It identifies areas where progress has been made in recent years but argues that it is too slow and too inconsistent. It puts forward five critical steps that are needed to speed up progress to end malnutrition in all its forms and argues that, if we act now, it is not too late to achieve this goal. In fact, we have an unprecedented opportunity to do so.
The report can be found online and you can download a summary in English, French, Spanish and Japanese at: https://globalnutritionreport.org/reports/global-nutrition-report-2018/ 








  • promote interaction between European dietetic students
  • encourage HEI’s to strengthen the bounds with EFAD and ENDiets by facilitating their students the options to participate in the network during the programme
  • participate in international inter-professional health forums or symposia
  • defend and promote the need for dietetic professionals in different sectors
  • participate in international inter-disciplinary public health initiatives and events, and popularize a healthy lifestyle in the prevention of non-communicable diseases
  • develop activities for dietetic students by dietetic students
  • speak as one organ in name of European dietetic students towards other health students associations and towards policy makers
  • share exchange opportunities and search for innovative exchange options










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