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Food Based Dietary Guidelines

Dietary guidelines provide advice on foods, food groups, and dietary patterns to promote health, prevent chronic disease and ensure the public have a diet that provides the nutrients they require for health. Food based dietary guidelines establish a basis for public food and nutrition, health and agricultural policies and nutrition education programmes to encourage healthy eating habits and lifestyles.

FENS has worked for a several years supporting the capacity development of dietary recommendations and dietary guidelines in South-East European countries.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has compiled a list of current Food Based Dietary Guidelines from over 100 of its member countries. More information and research about these guidelines can be found here

FENS Awards

The FENS Award is presented to a European colleague, recognised in the field of nutritional sciences and given in recognition for their achievements in their career. 

Members of FENS nominate candidates for consideration by the nominating committee. For more information and to download the nomination form please go to 

FENS Award Winners

ConferenceLocationYearAward Winners
4thAmsterdam1983Dr Elsie Widdowson
5thWarsaw1987Prof Bjorn Isaksson
6thAthens1991Prof Haenel
8thLillehammer1999Prof Andrew Prentice
9thRome2003Prof Dr Martijn B. Katan
10thParis2007Prof Dr Pratice D. Cani
12thBerlin2015Dr Ibrahim Elmadfa
13thDublin2019Prof Michael Gibney