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.

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 social media have been changed as follows
Home Page 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).

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.

Grant Opportunity for early career researchers of sustainable foods systems and diets

The Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation is offering a 2-year fellowship grant for early career researchers committed to promoting sustainable foods systems and diets.
The grant will support a postdoctoral researcher to carry out a project at a university or research centre in Spain. Nominations for the fellowship are open until 5th March 2021 (14hr UTC+1).

For more information on the Daniel Carasso Research Fellowship Grant please download the information sheet attached.

IAEA: Nutrition and health-related environmental studies newsletter

Life has changed in the lapse of a few months and the COVID-19 pandemic is negatively affecting nutrition across the world. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) provides the latest newsletter highlighting nutrition activities in the first half of 2020  with a special focus on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  

Click here for the newsletter including their other activities, new publications and success stories over the last six months.

ISIN Position Statement on Nutrition, Immunity and COVID-19

 There is lack of acquired immunity in populations across the world to COVID-19, no vaccine, uncertainty about the true infection rate within countries and, the elderly are a vulnerable group (particularly those in care homes and similar institutions). Nutritional advice is, therefore considered appropriate at this time. There is much evidence from animal and human studies that antioxidant nutrition and related nutrients support the immune system to function properly. The general advice is to eat a diverse and well-balanced diet rich in coloured fruit and vegetables (to increase the intake of antioxidant and associated nutrients) to support immune function. Specific advice in relation to the elderly is to increase the intake of Vitamin E (134 mg – 800 mg/day), Zinc (30 mg – 220 mg/day), Vitamin C (200 mg – 2 g/day) and particularly for those people with low serum vitamin D status, Vitamin D (10 μg – 100 μg/day). These nutrients have been shown to enhance T cell and B cell (antibody) immunity in human studies including in the elderly. There is no specific evidence these nutritional measures can help protect against, or even lessen the effects, of, COVID-19 infection. However, it does make pragmatic sense to support nutritionally both normal health and the immune system (with doses unlikely to be harmful) before, during and after COVID-19 infection. 

International Society for Immunonutrition (ISIN), Board members (March 2020). 

Laurence Harbige, Philip Calder, Ascensión Marcos, Mireille Dardenne, Gabriela Perdigón, Francisco Perez-Cano, Wilson Savino, Nora Slobodianik, Liseti Solano, Roxana Valdes. 

IAEA: Nutrition and health-related environmental studies newsletter

Proper nutrition is fundamental to health. The world is facing a double burden of malnutrition – undernutrition and obesity coexist, contributing to non-communicable diseases. Using stable isotope techniques, nutrition and health professionals can develop and evaluate nutrition actions to combat all forms of malnutrition.

Read the latest newsletter from the International Atomic Energy Agency.