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Nutrition students participate in meeting on healthy aging in Belgium

For the second consecutive year, students from the University of Navarra attended conference held in Leuven.

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From left to right: Andrea Romanos, Marta Cuervo, Álvaro San Juan, Amaia Ortiz, Nere Sotil and Gabriela Retana.
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28/03/14 16:03 Miriam Salcedo

Andrea Romanos and Nere Sotil, from the Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, and Álvaro San Juan, Gabriela Retana and Amaia Ortiz, from the Double Degree in Pharmacy and Human Nutrition and Dietetics, together with Professor Marta Cuervo (Food Science and Physiology), attended the International Week of Health and Technology 2014 held in Leuven (Belgium).

For the second year, the University of Navarra participates in this European meeting among students and professors of area of Human Nutrition and Dietetics from 6 European universities: Austria (University of Applied Sciences), The Netherlands (Hanze University of Applied Sciences), Poland (Warsaw University of Life Sciences), Portugal (Lisbon Polytechnic Institute), Spain (University of Navarra) and the host, Belgium (Leuven Univsrtiyt College).

Durante una semana alumnos y profesores tuvieron programas paralelos de intercambio cultural y de conocimiento. Los académicos impartieron conferencias, talleres y presentaciones sobre el tema central del encuentro "Healthy Aging" (envejecimiento saludable), uno de los pilares fundamentales del Programa Europeo Horizonte 2020. En el marco de estas ponencias, la doctora Marta Cuervo, dentro del programa europeo Erasmus Plus, impartió un seminario sobre "Asesoramiento de desnutrición en personas mayores".

For their part, the students developed projects, each composed of one member from each university. The work consisted, according to Álvaro San Juan, of"a pooling of how the status is in each country with respect to early detection of malnutrition in the elderly". The goal, as indicated by student, was to propose "possible prevention policies to favor nutritional screening within European health systems and to propose nutritional recommendations for the elderly". At the end of the meeting the students presented their work to the professors for their evaluation.

Regarding the opportunity of attend to attend this international symposium, San Juan also emphasizes that it is"a very formative and enriching experience, an opportunity to network with the professionals of tomorrow".

With this activity, the University of Navarra reinforces its international character, in this case of the programs of study in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, by expanding borders and facilitating the exchange professor , research and cultural exchange with other countries. In fact, the Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics of the School of Pharmacy has an agreement of exchange with the Leuven Univesity College, from which a Belgian student is currently benefiting through the Erasmus program.