International Nutrition and Health Communication Programme Held in Istanbul

The second of the "International Nutrition and Health Communication Programme" organized by the Sabri Ülker Foundation, which develops projects with reference institutions at home and abroad to fight against information pollution and to communicate scientific information in the fields of health and nutrition for the future of public health, was held on November 16-18, 2018 in Istanbul.
The programme aims to bring together expert scientists and communicators to make them experience the stages of scientific knowledge reaching the public through interactive studies, and this year's theme was "Popular Diets: Health Effects and Effective Communication".
The communicators who participated in the first internationally certified nutrition and health communication program completed their training with a certificate issued by the Society of Nutrition and Food Science, the leading German nutrition and food science community.

Nutrition Health programme

Sabri Ülker Foundation has been developing crucial projects for the society to reach up-to-date, reliable and scientific information in the field of food, nutrition and healthy living, and in this framework, organized the second International Nutrition and Health Communication Programme on November 16-18 in Istanbul. The curriculum of the two-day training was created by Prof. Hans Konrad Biesalski, Head of the Nutrition Department at the University of Hohenheim and Member of the Sabri Ülker Foundation Scientific Committee. This year's title of the training, which is Turkey's first "Nutrition and Health Communication Programme", was "Popular Diets: Health Effects and Effective Communication"

Accreditation from Europe's largest nutrition society

Within the framework of the programme, nutrition and communication experts from Turkey and abroad conveyed essential information on topics to participants, such as the development of obesity and eating disorders in the society, health effects of today's popular diets, transmitting diets to the public in a scientific manner, and food hygiene. In addition to print media representatives, representatives from digital platforms also attended the programme. At the end of the training, participants were awarded internationally accredited certificates by the European Society of Nutrition and Food Science, Germany's leading nutrition and food science community.

Expert names in their fields met with communicators

The curriculum of the International Nutrition and Health Communication Programme was conveyed by Prof. Dr. Hans Konrad Biesalski, Head of the Nutritional Biochemistry Department at the University of Hohenheim; Prof. Dr. H. Tanju Besler, Vice-Chancellor of Eastern Mediterranean University; Prof. Dr. Temel Yılmaz, Chairman of the Turkish Diabetes Foundation; Raymond Gemen, Nutrition Manager at the European Food Information Council (EUFIC); Prof. Dr. İrfan Erol, Professor at the Eastern Mediterranean University Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics; Prof. Dr. Beraat Özçelik, Dean of The Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering at the Istanbul Technical University; Prof. Dr. Julian Stowell, Research Assistant at Oxford Brookes University; and Prof. Dr. Diana Banati, Director of the International Life Sciences Institute. The programme was completed with a media workshop moderated by Prof. Dr. Ali Atıf Bir and enriched with news reviews and communication principles.

Popular diets were discussed

In the International Nutrition and Health Communication Programme, popular nutritional approaches and controversial topics such as the Mediterranean diet, DASH diet, clean nutrition, intermittent fasting, low-carbohydrate-high-fat diet, and detox were discussed and scientific data on these topics were shared. The prominent information is as follows:

The DASH diet, whose health effects have been scientifically proven, constitutes an effective nutritional approach in the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension).
Studies show that the DASH diet applied for eight weeks in diabetic patients reduces cardiometabolic risk factors, including body weight, waist circumference and cholesterol levels.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Mediterranean diet is a highly effective nutrition method in preventing and controlling non-contagious diseases, which are the main cause of global premature deaths under the age of 65.
The main health effects of the Mediterranean diet include reducing the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Although intermittent fasting, which consists of routine fasting periods, is not sustainable in the long term, it is an effective strategy for bodyweight management.
However, a study comparing limited-energy-diets and fasting diets reveals that while intermittent fasting is effective in losing weight, it is not superior to diets where energy is limited.
There are also studies showing that with careful planning, low-carbohydrate-high-fat (LCHF) diets can be an effective treatment method for epilepsy and can also help treat type 2 diabetes.
Although the ketogenic diet (LCHF) has some promising implications for cancer treatment, more research is needed to better understand its effects.
Detox diets are claimed to remove toxins from the organism in a short time, help rapid weight loss and skin brightness, and support health, but it is still unclear which specific toxins are removed from the body.

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