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EuDAP Full Report 2018

This progress report is the third in a series that document progress on EuDAP and EFAD’s strategic plan, adopted in 2015.

EuDAP Full Report 2018 is the first one created as a form of an online database. The data in this report are based on European dietetic activities from 2018, which were collected in the 2019 EuDAP Survey.

EuDAP Survey 2019

Four hundred and sixty-six dietitians, from different European countries (see the countries list), completed the online questionnaire with questions regarding their activities in the year 2018. The respondents represented 30 different National Dietetic Associations and 31 Higher Education Institutes.

Results

EuDAP Survey 2019 confirmed that European dietitians are following the life-course approach to the prevention and control of diet-related NCDs and malnutrition in all its forms. As suggested by FNAP [1] the approach starts by addressing maternal nutritional status and health before and during pregnancy and continues with proper infant feeding practices, including the promotion of breastfeeding. Action to encourage healthy diets for children, adolescents and young people are reinforced and sustained by the promotion of a healthy diet during the working life, nutrition for healthy aging and nutritional care for elderly people.

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EuDAP Survey 2019 results represent only a small number of projects being undertaken by dietitians in Europe but they already cover a range of activities from all EuDAP objectives


Objective 1. Ensure that healthy food and nutrition is accessible, affordable, attractive and sustainable

First EuDAP objective is consistent with the first FNAP 2015-2020 objective which calls to create healthy food and drink environments. We’ve collected 46 dietitians’ activities around this topic. Initiatives were targeted to various groups from different environments, from big data analysis to local activities.

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Objective 2. Promote the gains of a healthy diet and nutritional support throughout the life course, especially for the most vulnerable groups in clinical settings and the community

Second EuDAP objective seems to be the main area of European dietitians work. In 2019 EuDAP survey we’ve collected 82 initiatives which aim was to support the society in healthy food choices through promotion, education and nutritional counseling.

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Objective 3. Use dietitians as educators and experts in community and clinical settings to advise the general population, other health professions, authorities (for example ministries, health insurance companies), mass media and industry

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Objective 4. Invest in establishing the (cost) effectiveness of dietitians in the delivery of better health through improved nutrition

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Objective 5. Strengthen governance, alliances and networks for a Health-in-all-policies approach

Dietitians assigned 43 activities to the fifth EuDAP objective, which is consistent with FNAP objective of strengthening governance and networks. Dietitians initiate and take part in such activities both on the European and national arenas.

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Conclusions

The purpose of the EuDAP Survey is to ensure information exchange between the NDA’s and HEIs in different countries on how they are contributing to the EuDAP objectives whilst also encouraging a methodical approach to data collection and data storage and systematic analysis. EuDAP is designed to position dietitians as valuable and effective health professionals that can contribute to improved health outcomes across patient groups from birth to old age and noteworthy examples and projects from across the European Region have been identified in this report, to inform policy and practice. The capability and capacity for dietitians to make a difference in many countries and at local, national or European level is not always recognised or valued for many diverse reasons. EuDAP is therefore designed to be a mechanism for NDA’s to encourage and enable their dietitians to demonstrate to key stakeholders their ability to make a significant impact in a ‘political language’ recognised by governments, employers and others.

This report provides confirmation that EFAD does have sufficient ‘evidenced information’ to provide key stakeholders at European or NDA/HEI level with information about the profession and dietitians contribution to implementing FNAP.

FNAP 2015-2020 suggests that

„Member States should work together to develop common tools, share experiences, improve the availability of data and enhance capacity for monitoring and surveillance”

and the EuDAP is exactly responding to those needs. The EuDAP Survey is giving better results every year and we hope that it will become the tool that will be commonly used by EFAD members.

EFAD’s further steps will include the development of EuDAP Database, which will be used by EFAD members to learn from each other to work even better for the shared vision of a European Region in which the negative impacts of preventable diet-related NCDs and malnutrition in all its forms – including overweight and obesity – have been dramatically reduced, and all citizens have healthier diets throughout their lives.

[1] WHO Europe. European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020