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4th Nutrition and Health Conference
21-22 November 2003, held at the ExCel Conference Centre, London
Over 500 delegates attended including dietitians, medical staff, nurses and those involved in nutritional education.
The following topics were included:
Nutrition and depression.
Fine tuning fat intake in vegetarian diet.
Launch of the new dietetic guidelines for diet in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Druglike effect from a cholesterol lowering diet.
Menopause and osteoporosis.
Diet as alternative for HRT.
Obesity and weight management.
Overview of the BBC diet trials.
The Atkins diet: pros and cons.
Prevention of diabetes.
Motivation – the missing factor in weight loss management.
Simultaneous symposia were held on both days, on Friday it was on enteral nutrition across the patient care settings and on Saturday the Mediterranean Diet and Cancer Prevention.
Of particular value was the discussion of the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool, which is commonly known as the “MUST tool”, which is a simple method of screening individuals for malnutrition, both within the hospital and community setting. Due to the impact that malnutrition has on health, it is a welcome initiative for the care of those within the hospital setting and also for those in residential and community care.
A poster presentation of research projects was also staged with a large number of posters being exhibited.
There was also an extremely useful exhibition with stands provided by commercial companies, professional organisations and charitable groups, which enabled conference visitors to update themselves on a number of topics.
The conference is a valuable update on all aspects of nutrition and is one that is well situated for ease of attendance especially with one day being on the Saturday, which enables people to attend without taking time from a busy work schedule.
For further information on the event and details of next year’s conference, please contact: Tel: 020 8455 2126; Fax: 020 84556570; Web site: www.nutritionandhealth.co.uk.