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Achieving health through diet: A joint event of the Sabri Ülker Foundation and the Nutrition Society of UK and Ireland, May 2022

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© The Authors 2023.Optimum nutrition plays a major role in the achievement and maintenance of good health. The Nutrition Society of the UK and Ireland and the Sabri Ulker Foundation, a charity based in Turkiye and focused on improving public health, combined forces to highlight this important subject. A hybrid conference was held in Istanbul, with over 4,000 delegates from 62 countries joining the proceedings live online in addition to those attending in person. The primary purpose was to inspire healthcare professionals and nutrition policy makers to better consider the role of nutrition in their interactions with patients and the public at large to reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. The event provided an opportunity to share and learn from different approaches in the UK, Turkiye and Finland, highlighting initiatives to strengthen research in the nutritional sciences and translation of that research into nutrition policy. The presenters provided evidence of the links between nutrition and disease risk and emphasised the importance of minimising risk and implementing early treatment of diet related disease. Suggestions were made including improving health literacy and strengthening policies to improve the quality of food production and dietary behaviour. A multidisciplinary approach is needed whereby Governments, the food industry, non-governmental groups and consumer groups collaborate to develop evidence-based recommendations and appropriate joined up policies that do not widen inequalities. This summary of the proceedings will serve as a gateway for those seeking to access additional information on nutrition and health across the globe.

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Author(s): Evans CEL, Besler HT, Dinc O, Lean M, Lovegrove JA, Lowe NM, Mathers JC, Mutus B, Satman I, Tanriover MD, Tedstone AE, Theobald C, Unal S, Vartiainen E, Wall R, Yardim N, Stowell JD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Nutrition

Year: 2023

Volume: 130

Issue: 7

Pages: 1228–1238

Online publication date: 08/02/2023

Acceptance date: 01/02/2023

Date deposited: 05/07/2023

ISSN (print): 0007-1145

ISSN (electronic): 1475-2662

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0007114523000260


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