Nutritionist-dietitian association fights ‘fake news’
The Nutritionist-Dietitians Association of the Philippines, the country’s largest accredited organization of healthcare professionals in the nutrition and dietetics fields, highlighted the importance of disseminating evidence-based medical health information during its 63rd Annual Convention.
The three-day congress held in Davao City touched on the timely topic of misinformation and “fake news” while updating members with the latest advancements and ethical standards that shape the competitiveness of Filipino professionals in the food and nutrition service.
NDAP president Zenaida Velasco said, “Part of the continuing education is to do away with fake news.
“That is why all the topics and discussions this year are topics of general interest, in order to iron out the myths and fallacies on health and nutrition,” said Velasco. “As a key influencer, we are recognized by the Professional Regulation Commission and the Board of Nutrition and Dietetics and our members are ‘pure breed’ licensed RNDs. One can only make a strong impact if you have a strong organization, and we are banking on the strength of 33 chapters located all over the country.”
Anchoring on the theme “Road to Excellence: Bringing Education and Nutrition Together,” the event highlighted NDAP’s mission to reach out to its community of practitioners and various stakeholders through continuous professional education.
According to NDAP vice president Eloisa E. Villaraza, the organization is adamant in using digital technology to fight false and misleading online content by spreading truthful, science-backed published information on health, wellness, and nutrition.