SAVE THE DATE! One-Day Workshop

One-Day Workshop: Are South African Consumers Moving Towards Healthy Eating?
Cape Town, South Africa
Marriott Crystal Towers

This workshop has been accredited by ADSA for 5 CEU points for attendance

The Workshop will be targeted to ALL STAKEHOLDERS including:

  • The Food Industry
  • Government (national and local)
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Public Health Scientists
  • Food Scientists and Technologists
  • Academic & Research Institutions
  • NGOs
  • Industry Associations
  • Professional Societies


R 1 710 (including VAT)

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General Information:

Reason for the event:

We are the tipping point in the health of our nation that will require the effort of many stakeholders to collectively plan to halt the impact of NCDs. According to the most recent statistics report (STATSA, 2017) for the period 2010-2015 there has been an epidemiological shift in the main causes of death away from communicable diseases towards non-communicable diseases1.

In 2015, over half (55.5%) of deaths were attributed to NCDs, communicable diseases accounted for 33.4% and injuries 11.1% Diabetes Mellitus has climbed from 5th position to 2nd position as the leading causes of natural deaths1.

The 2016 Global Nutrition Report from Promise to Impact2 spurs countries to tackle all forms of malnutrition. This workshop fulfils the goals of ILSI SA’s thematic area ‘Nutrition, Health and Well-being’, and we aim to provide a scientific platform to discuss the role that food and nutrition science can play in the prevention of NCDs in South Africa. We look forward to the panel discussions on how we can address the challenges we face, including but not limited to, low dietary diversity, transition in eating patterns and micronutrient deficiencies.

1 Mortality and caused of death in South Africa : 2015, Findings from death notification, STATSA, February 2017,
2 2016 Global Nutrition Report , From Promise to Impact – Ending Malnutrition by 2030 ,

Purpose of the workshop:

This one-day workshop seeks to understand whether South African consumers are mindful of healthy eating and what this entails. Whilst food innovation and renovation is top of mind globally, it is important to understand the needs and expectations of all stakeholders, whilst elucidating the possibilities that science can offer in providing food that contributes to a healthy lifestyle.

The workshop aims to provide fresh and exciting insights on relevant topics presented by experts from various sectors in the food science, nutrition and health arenas.


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Proposed Workshop Topics & Speakers

  • Rethinking the challenges and opportunities of the global food and nutrition nexus.
    Dr John O'Brien Nestle, Switzerland


  • Dietary changes over 20 years in black South African women: Examining the nutrition transition
    Dr Christine Taljaard (North West University)


  • The Global Health Report - The South African food basket: observed trends over the last decades (Marketing and Communication Director for South Africa.
    Ailsa Wingfield (Market Analysis Agency AC Nielsen)


  • Consumer Understanding and Acceptance of Healthier Food Choices
    Prof Elizabeth Kempen, HEAD: College Office for Research and Graduate Studies, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, UNISA, South Africa


  • "The role of food science in the South African food supply" (addressing perceived issues regarding processed foods, the "natural" notion, case studies where food science positively impacted health, barriers and challenges).
    Nigel Sunley, Sunley Consulting


  • The South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey - the process and the results with a focus on the dietary diversity across the different population groups
    Dr Whadi-ah Parker, Human Sciences Research Council


  • Assessment of the Dietary Intake of Schoolchildren in South Africa: 15 Years after the First National Study,
    Prof Nelia Steyn, Senior Lecturer, Division of Human Nutrition, University of Cape Town