All you want to know about nutrition

About The School of Nutritional Sciences
October 27, 2019
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"Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you who you are" (Jean-Anthelm Berrier-Severin)


Our lives are largely conducted around food: joys, routines, relationships, loves and professional choices. Food relates to every facet of our lives, and from a professional point of view it is related to teaching, research, nutrition education and the definition of this profession in the world.
What is the nutritional profession? "Science that deals with food in relation to physiological processes that depend on its absorption and use by the body (growth, energy creation, tissue repair, etc.). Nutrition also deals with the outcomes of deficiency related diseases and diets".  This is a scientific profession first of all, based on knowledge obtained by scientists, using accepted scientific methods, in studies conducted at the best universities in the world.

Proper nutrition is our first defense against diseases and our energy source for life and activities. Health problems caused by inadequate nutrition can be many, and when they affect an entire generation of children and adolescents, they can reduce learning abilities, thus jeopardizing their future, propagating generations of poverty and malnutrition, with serious consequences for the individual and society. While young children are most vulnerable to malnutrition, the right to adequate nutrition is universal. However, still now, problems of malnutrition, specific deficiencies and obesity are present in all countries and cross social and economic strata.

Emerging challenges, such as climate change, environmental sustainability, etc., are changing the food systems and raising questions about how to feed the growing world population in sustainable ways. Furthermore, uneven economic growth, social changes, and other factors shape the food and nutrition systems, and as a result, the prevalence of overweight, obesity and associated diseases.

The School of Nutritional Sciences was established in 1969 to educate clinical dieticians and nutritionists and to promote research in the field of nutrition sciences. Almost all of the leaders in the field of nutrition in Israel are graduates of our school, starting with senior officials in the Ministry of Health, hospitals community's facilities, and many others who lead research and nutrition in Israel and around the world.
The Degree in Nutritional Sciences is a bachelor in Life Sciences (BSc). It lasts 6 semesters, and includes basic studies in life sciences and social sciences, and studies in nutrition of health and disease. A student who completes all his/her undergraduate degree in nutrition science may join the clinical nutrition training program by the Ministry of Health.
Researchers and lecturers at the school study various aspects of nutrition with an interest in the basic understanding of physiological, biochemical, cellular, and molecular processes applied through human studies, preclinical models in animals and cell systems. We are all united under the goal of striving for excellence in education, patient care, research and community service.

We live in a period of extraordinary progress in the basic sciences. It is clear to us today that a better understanding of the field of nutrition will enable the prevention of most chronic diseases in modern society. However, all scientific achievements will have no effect if they are not applied to community service. Accordingly, students and lecturers are trying to develop a better understanding of the barriers associated with the transfer of nutritional knowledge. One of the goals of the School of Nutritional Sciences is to position itself as the clear leader in the education of nutritionists, dietitians and food scientists of tomorrow. Students who complete undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies will acquire the most advanced and updated skills required for research, academic teaching positions, work in the various health frameworks in industry and in government institutions. We look forward to seeing you among the leaders in the field of nutrition in Israel and around the world.
School of Nutritional Sciences.



This article was published in a special issue for World Food Day 2019