10 Aug 2020

NNEdPro COVID-19 Taskforce

The availability and adequacy of food and nutrition plays a key role in the international response to COVID-19. It is imperative that nutrition messaging is informed by a real-time appraisal of emerging evidence and is clearly and accurately communicated. As the situation unfolds we are learning more about the role of nutrition in metabolic health, immunity, treatment and recovery from COVID-19. Also, secondary to containment measures we need to ensure those most vulnerable have access to foods appropriate to their specific needs and regardless of economic circumstances. This is vital in forward planning as we face a global recession.  

The NNEdPro Nutrition and COVID-19 Taskforce is a collaborative group of clinical and public health practitioners, researchers, and educators, contributing original research and expert review to communicate the best available evidence to practitioners for public and patient benefit, as well as to offer guidance and recommendations on nutrition policy and innovation as we face new nutrition challenges.

The Taskforce also provides strong and effective leadership across the NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health by setting a clear response, direction and action plan to best repurpose the significant nutrition knowhow within NNEdPro in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the expertise of our team spans nutrition research, clinical practice and public health, we are well positioned in the international effort to improve human health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we have collated data and resources that are most relevant to current knowledge and practice relating to COVID-19, specifically in its relation to nutrition and other related public health interventions, on our dedicated microsites.

Our microsites:

  1. Our dedicated COVID-19 microsite provides guidance from international bodies such as the World Health Organisation and the United Nations, as well as specific national guidance for our dedicated regional networks. We have also included additional resources that comprise the latest educational courses, interesting articles, emerging research and support services.
  2. The COVID-19 Nutrition Resources hub comprises the latest on nutritional wellbeing and food security. We have compiled COVID-19 specific nutrition guidance from a host of international nutrition bodies, including the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) and European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). We also signpost more specific guidance from national representative groups such as the British Dietetic Association (BDA). Lastly, we include further guidance and emerging research on the relationship of COVID-19 with nutritional status.
  3. With COVID-19 presenting such an urgent health challenge for all sectors of society, BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health aims to provide some perspectives on the little that we currently know about nutrition interactions with the virus and the effects it causes on the human body. See the Special Collection on COVID-19 Nutrient Interactions for emerging research on this topic.

Get involved

To find out more join the NNEdPro 6th International Summit on Medical & Public Health Nutrition Education & Research. Bringing together expert speakers from the UK and globally from across 6 continents. Click here to register. For an exclusive 20% discount on the fee for BDA members, enter code: BDA2020.

You can also join IANE (the International Academy of Nutrition educators), a global membership network that provides mentoring and opportunities for professionals and organisations interested in developing and delivering high quality nutrition education and evaluating its impact, particularly on healthcare practices. Including exclusive discounts on education, training and members-only access to webinars and resources. Professional membership allows you to use the post nominals. To apply please register here.

NNEdPro are always looking to work with interested organisations and individuals who share our vision, mission and aims! Please get in touch here or send us an email at info@nnedpro.org.uk.

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Elaine MacAninch RD

Nutrition Lecturer, Research and Education Dietitian, Brighton and Sussex Medical School