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Indian Dietetic Association - Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

Tamil Nadu, Nov. 26 -- In 1963, a group of like-minded nutritionists, dietitians and workers in the allied health fields resolved to form a scientific body to highlight the importance of dietetics and nutrition in the maintenance of health, and in the prevention and treatment of diseases. Thus, the Indian Dietetic Association was founded, with Prof. Kalyan Bagchi as Secretary and Dr. C. Gopalan as President. The association was affiliated to the International congress of Dietetics in 1975.The Headquarters of IDA is located in Kolkata .

Objectives of the Association:

* To promote the cause of science by encouraging the spirit of active pursuit of knowledge and original scientific research particularly in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics.

* To facilitate social, scientific and cultural fellowship and cultivation of goodwill among its members.

* To promote close contact and interaction between persons following different branches and thus facilitate the development of a wider outlook and the integration and application of available scientific knowledge for the welfare of society.

* To safeguard the interests of scientists generally and its members in particular and work for their welfare.

Structure of the Association:

The National Executive Committee (NEC) is elected once in 4 years. Senior members from various chapters are elected to the NEC and take active part in running the organization. Currently there are 18 chapters of IDA in various parts of the country. Each chapter has its own Local Executive Committee (LEC) which runs scientific programs and meetings at a convenient periodicity.

Chennai Chapter:

The Chennai chapter was started in the year 1978 and continues to be one of the active and important chapters of the Indian Dietetic Association. The current membership is more than 800 members.

It has moved from strength to strength conducting regular meetings and disseminating the knowledge of nutrition to students of Dietetics and young dietitians in the state.

We are planning to have a golden Jubilee celebration of the Association at the Chennai chapter

The events planned is a symposium where the excellency Governorr will inaugurate and special address By US Counsalate General

A walkathon to impress upon people the importance of diet in prevention of diseases

A webinar for the members of the association to update their knowledge with an interactive session on Diet a tool to preserve health. Community outreach programme to make the rural people aware of nutrition to eat right and stay healthy.

Free counseling on Sundays for 1 year

Purpose of this golden jubilee celebration

We have given a glimpse about the association.

We have come a long way but still we need to work hard to get visibility and accountability. Nutrition Professionals are longing for much deserved dignity and authentication. Ironically, Nutrition as a profession is really underrated in a country like ours where burden of nutritional problems is massive. Nutrition has become a field of mockery and quackery with self designated nutritionists without any formal training mushrooming all over the country in absence of well-defined norms. An anchor (Council and Dietetic Board) is urgently needed to set the standards and guidelines and stream lining of the profession as well as the professionals' from curriculum to practice.

Indian Dietetic Association will be extremely grateful if you could place Dietitians and Practicing Nutritionists under National Council for Human resource in Health as a separate category. We assure you that the quality of nutritional care will improve dramatically placing your confidence in the trained nutrition and Dietetic professionals and profession.

This forum can be platform for Dietetic council. And need for more Dietitians in Govt hospitals.

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