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PhD student gives keynote presentation in the Philippines

From left: PhD student Chris Vogliano, Filipino dietitian Beatriz Dykes and Mayor of Davao City Sara Duterte.

Chris Vogliano presenting at the symposium for the National
Dietetics Association of the Philippines.

School of Health Sciences PhD student Chris Vogliano recently gave a keynote presentation at the 63rd annual symposium for the National Dietetics Association of the Philippines, held in Davao City. 

Mr Vogliano, a registered dietitian nutritionist, was invited to share his latest research on biodiverse and sustainable food systems to more than 1100 registered dietitians from across the Philippines. His presentation highlighted the connection between the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the practice of nutrition and dietetics. “My presentation featured the latest evidence-based interventions that registered dietitians could implement into their professional practices to help promote a diet that is healthy for both people and the planet,” he says.

It is much more simple to connect the dots between food, nutrition and health Mr Vogliano says. “It’s much harder for us to understand the upstream impacts that our daily food choices have on the food system and environment.  A tremendous amount of resources is required to produce the food we eat, including water, fertiliser, land, agricultural chemicals and fossil fuels. As our global population continues to increase, and our pressure on the planet continues to fuel climate change, it is important to consider how our personal food choices can be part of the solution.

“Simple solutions such as swapping beef for beans a few times a week, being mindful of how much food we waste, and including a diverse portfolio of fruits and vegetables in our diet can benefit the triple bottom line - people, profit, and the planet.”

Mr Vogliano also had the opportunity to meet the Mayor of Davao City and daughter of the Filipino President, Sara Duterte.

Travel was made possible through a Massey University conference presentation grant.

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