Schoolgirl in Haiti receiving WFP meal. Photo: WFP/Antoine Vallas

School Feeding Coalition Formation: A Game Changing Effort

The number of children living in households that are struggling to put food on the table has doubled during the pandemic, approximately “38 million children were acutely hungry in 2019 and the pandemic could push this further… taking the total to 74 million”. Under the coordination of UN Nutrition, a coalition on school feeding is being formed in 2021 to address these challenges, in the context of the Food Systems Summit and key education sector discussions such as the Global Education Forum, Global Education Summit.

The IUNS International Malnutrition Task Force has been actively involved the early stages of the formation of this coalition. An update is available to provide information on the evolution of the coalition formation and provides information for those interested in joining the coalition.

Free Webinar – Nutritional oncology: the tip of the iceberg and what is looming underneath

The Candian Nutrition Society has extended their series of Webinars.

The next free webinars takes place on Thursday, April 01 12:00 – 13:00 (ET)

Dr. Carla Prado from the University of Alberta discusses the importance of nutritional status and challenges and opportunities in nutrition research and clinical practice as it relates to nutritional oncology.

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Credit: WFP/Ahmed Haleem

New Publication: IUNS TF and World Food Programme- State of School Feeding Worldwide 2020 Report

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched the current report analysing the State of School Feeding Worldwide, an inter-agency undertaking with extensive engagement of UNESCO, UNICEF and others. The IUNS International Malnutrition Task Force has worked directly with the inter-agency group.
The report includes “A paediatric nutritionist’s perspective on food, schools and school feeding”, contributed by the Co-Chair of the IUNS International Malnutrition Task Force, Prof. Alan A. Jackson.


The report uses the best available data sources to describe key aspects of coverage, implementation practices and costs of school-based health and nutrition programmes worldwide. Additionally the report seeks to analyse the direction and scale of change between the previous report (2013) and 2020, and to provide an update on advances in evidence and understanding of school feeding programmes. The report includes analysis of the impact the COVID-19 Pandemic has had on the global growth of school feeding programmes.

The report is available here State of School Feeding Worldwide 2020 | World Food Programme (wfp.org)


During 2020 the UN Network for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) merged to form UN Nutrition. This inter-agency collaboration is focused on tackling School Feeding and the effective prevention and treatment of severe malnutrition infants and young children. The International Malnutrition Task Force will continue engagement with the activities of UN Nutrition.

Date Changes 22nd IUNS-ICN 2022, TOKYO

Important dates have been updated!


Due to the postponement to December 6-11, 2022, the important dates have been changed as follows.
Abstract Submission: November 12, 2021 – March 18, 2022
Abstract Acceptance: Notice June 10, 2022
Presenter Registration: Deadline July 15, 2022

Registration
Early Bird June 6, 2022 – August 4, 2022
Regular August 5, 2022 – October 20, 2022
Late October 21, 2022 – November 21, 2022
Onsite December 6, 2022 – December 11, 2022


The website and Facebook addresses have been changed as follows, and the official Twitter page has opened.
HP https://icn22.org/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/22ndICNTokyoJapan
Twitter https://twitter.com/icn2021

Nutrition and Cancer TF- Virtual Dialogues Series Starts April 12th 2021

ICONIC (International Collaboration on Nutrition in relation to Cancer), the IUNS Task Force, are pleased to announce that they will be hosting a series of Virtual Dialogues over the next year in collaboration with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to address key questions in nutrition and cancer through online expert presentations and panel discussions.

The first Special Focus Dialogue takes place on April 12th 2021, on the topic “Nutrition and cancer in children, teens and young adults: current understanding and future opportunities”.

The event will provide a chance to connect, exchange knowledge in this area, access expert insights, and identify research priorities moving forward. There are plans to host further dialogues later in the year.

More information and registration details are available here. Regular updates on all the Dialogues will be on Twitter (@iuns_iconic).

22nd IUNS-ICN POSTPONED to 2022

The 22nd IUNS-ICN was scheduled to be held from September 14-19, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
In view of the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had been carefully monitoring its impact.
Due to its developing situation and difficulties in travelling abroad, after much thought and deliberation, the Organizing Committee of 22nd IUNS-ICN has decided to postpone the congress to December 6-11, 2022.

This was a difficult decision to make; however, the health and safety of the participants is our highest priority.
Since the Congress has been postponed, the call for abstracts is temporarily suspended.
We will inform new important dates and any possible changes in due time.
Please check the official ICN website, for further updates.

Spring Webinar Series: Canadian Nutrition Society

The Canadian Nutriton Society has a series of webinars beinging Friday, February 19th, 12:00 – 13:00 (ET) with “Improved Efficiency, Safety, Nutrition and Cost: The Case for a Plant-Based Menu in Child Care: A Case Study”

Featured speakers Valerie Trew and Abby Galvez from the University of Guelph offer their perspective of plant-based diets in child care in a case study.

Other upcoming webinars from the Canadian Nutrition Society:

COVID-19 happened. Now what? The pandemic’s legacy on our relation with proteins

February 23, 2021 12:00 – 13:00 (ET)
Speaker: Sylvain Charlebois, PhD

Canada’s Commitment to the Production of Sustainable Protein

March 01, 2021 13:00 – 14:00 (ET)
Speaker: Nathan Pelletier, PhD
Moderator: Jim House, PhD

Medical Nutrition Therapy in the 2020 Canadian Obesity Guidelines

March, 11 2021 12:00 – 13:00 (ET) Speakers:
John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD
Jennifer Brown, MSc, RD, CBE
Moderator: Vicky Drapeau, PhD, RD

COVID-19, Nutrition and Lifestyle Factors in the Canadian Population

March 17, 2021 12:00 -13:00 (ET) Speakers:
Stéphanie Chevalier, RD, PhD
Didier Brassard, RD, MSc, PhD(c)
Moderator: Daiva Neilsen, PhD

Digging in to the social and environmental factors that shape eating patterns: Implications for health and the environment

March 18, 2021 9:30 – 11:00 (ET) Speaker: Catherine L. Mah MD, FRCPC, PhD

For more information or to register for any of these webinars please visit:

Upcoming Events – CNS – SCN – Canadian Nutrition Society (cns-scn.ca)

World Obesity Day 2021 March 4th

March 4th is World Obesity Day 2021. A day is dedicated to addressing the global obesity epidemic. An opportunity for every body to work together for happier, healthier and longer lives for everybody.

The new World Obesity Day website has now launched, and more information about World Obesity Day and the campaign can be found here.