Sunday, January 31, 2010

RP Nutritionist-Dietitians Gathered for NDAP 55th Annual Convention in Iloilo

The country’s nutritionist-dietitians, professionals in allied fields, and students who are aiming to become future nutritionists-dietitians gathered last January 28 – 30, 2010 at Sarabia Manor Hotel in Iloilo City for the 55th Annual Convention of the Nutritionist-Dietitians Association of the Philippines (NDAP).

With the theme, “A Sustainable Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy: A Challenge to the Nutritionist-Dietitian”, the conference focuses on the broad spectrum of health and wellness and the important role we play in a sustainable healthy lifestyle advocacy.

The three-day event seeks to provide the participants with a better appreciation and understanding of the broad spectrum of health, wellness, food security, and other areas involved in promoting a sustainable healthy lifestyle. It aims to provide innovative ways of enriching the nutritionist-dieticians’ practice, update them on latest trends, developments, and best practices in the field, and create opportunities for expanding their sphere in the various areas of their profession such as medical nutrition, public health nutrition, food service, and academe.

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas gave the Keynote Address and led the Symbolic opening of the Market Place – Exhibit. Esther T. Feliciano, RND, MHSA, Chairman of the Awards Committee, handed out the recipients of Outstanding Nutritionist-Dietitian, Outstanding Provincial Member, and Outstanding Chapter.

The much-awaited Clara Ruth Darby Memorial Lecture was presented by NCR Director of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Catherine Castañeda, RND, PhD. Dr. Castañeda discussed about “Trends in Nutrition-Dietetics Curriculum in the Philippines.”

The event was also highlighted with plenary sessions, symposiums, and forums where speakers and medical practitioners talked about trends in the dietary management of lifestyle diseases, management of mentally compromised obese children, food supplements and how effective they are, nutrient and drug interaction, health eating; food sustainability, nutrition entrepreneurship, power dressing, and the art of diet counseling.

For more information about the event, call the NDAP secretariat at (632) 845-1651, 845-1651, email or visit


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