My take-home messages from the NNEdPro 3rd Medical Nutrition Education Summit

Last week I attended both days of the Need for Nutrition Education/Innovation Programme (NNEdPro) 3rd International Medical Nutrition Summit in Cambridge. The Summit covered a wide variety of topics with speakers from all over the world.

Day 1 highlights

– Dr Louis Levy from Public Health England said in the future they are moving towards achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, overall diet and developing work on whole calorie reduction.

– Dr Francesco Branca from the World Health Organisation said it’s time for all stakeholders to take actions in relation to the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition.

– John Ingram from the University of Oxford told us that we need to focus on food systems and the term ‘nutrition security’ also includes ‘food security’ which includes nutrients.

– Melissa Adamski from Monash University informed us about their online course called ‘Food as Medicine’ course for Health Care Professionals to learn about nutrition and earn CPD.

– Dr Christina Khoo from Ocean Spray told us that cranberries have the highest levels of polyphenols and can be used as an alternative treatment (as opposed to antibiotics) of urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are the second highest ‘most common’ infection (after respiratory).

Day 2 highlights

– Harrison Carter from NNEdPro highlighted that malnutrition is most common in those 65 years plus and requires a whole hospital approach.

– Anthony Warner otherwise known as Angry Chef shared his ‘health blogger’ template which is described fully in his new book, The Angry Chef: Bad Science and the Truth About Healthy Eating.

Dr Laura Thomas shared with us that intuitive eaters tend to have less disordered eating, eating restraint and higher self-esteem and well-being.

– Dr Giles Yeo from the University of Cambridge told us that heritability of body weight in identical twins is ~70%.

– Dr Glenys Jones from the Association for Nutrition shared with us the importance of sharing nutrition data, making it more accessible and easier to use. Highlighting the need to create an open data nutrition strategy.

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