1. Maternal nutrition

  • Promoting healthy maternal nutrition
  • Maternal anaemia
  • Malaysia Dietary Guidelines for Pregnant & Lactating Women

2. Infant & young child nutrition

  • Stunting and low birth weight – tackling the persistent problem
  • Promoting appropriate complementary feeding
  • Breastfeeding

3. School child nutrition & adolescent nutrition

  • Prevention of childhood obesity
  • Understanding and prevention of disordered eating
  • Good Nutrition Key to Healthy Children – a multi-country school nutrition intervention in SEA
  • Metabolic diseases – adolescents

4. Nutrition of the elderly

  • Healthy nutrition for healthy ageing
  • Nutrition and cognitive status
  • Malaysia Dietary Guidelines for the Elderly
  • Active living for healthy ageing

5. Functional ingredients

  • Polyphenols
  • Peptides
  • Probiotics
  • Dietary fibres and prebiotics
  • Regulatory aspects of functional ingredients

6. Nutrition education & communication strategies

  • Education modules on early nutrition and lifestyle during pregnancy and early childhood – by Early Nutrition eAcademy Southeast Asia (ENeA – SEA)
  • School nutrition intervention programmes – experiences and learnings
  • Nutrition Month Malaysia – a multi-stakeholder collaborative community nutrition promotion programme
  • Mass communication programmes for the promotion of healthy eating and active living

7. Physical activity and sedentary behaviour

  • Status of physical activities and screen time
  • Toybox – intervention programme in kindergartens
  • NASPAL 2018 – towards a healthy and active nation
  • Active living for healthy pregnancy
  • Project with MyBFF – family


  • Pre-conference scientific symposium shall be in Mahkota III Ballroom
  • Conference scientific sessions shall be in the Grand Ballroom, Mahkota II
  • Trade exhibitions shall be in the foyer area
  • Poster presentations shall be in the function rooms
  • Lunch shall be served at Mahkota I & III Ballroom
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments shall be served around the trade exhibition area

Select Conference Day:

24 July, 2018

Pre-conference Scientific Symposium

5.00 PM Registration
PRE-CONFERENCE SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM: Nutrition Labelling and Claims: Regulatory Updates in Malaysia
5.30 PM Nutrition labelling regulations in Malaysia
Ms Fatimah Sulong, Nutrition Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia
6.05 PM Nutrition and health claims regulations in Malaysia
Ms Norrani Eksan, Food Safety and Quality Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia
6.40 PM Status of nutrition labelling and claims in Southeast Asia – an overview
Ms Jocelyn Wong, ILSI SEA Region

25 July, 2018

Conference Day 1

7.30 AM Registration
9.00 AM Official Opening
10.30 AM National strategies and programmes to promote nutritional wellbeing of Malaysians – challenges and way forward
YBhg Dato’ Dr Hj. Azman bin Hj. Abu Bakar, Deputy Director General of Health (Public Health), Ministry of Health Malaysia
SYMPOSIUM 1: Why invest in nutrition?
11.15 AM Dietary pattern, gestational weight gain and risk of gestational diabetes mellitus
Prof Dr Zalilah Mohd Shariff, Universiti Putra Malaysia
11.35 AM Nutritional status of school children
Dr Roseline Yap Wai Kuan, Taylor’s University
11.55 AM NCD risk factors among adults
Dr Muhammad Fadhli Mohd Yusoff, Institute for Public Health
12.15 AM Nutritional status of elderly population
Dr Hanis Mastura Yahya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
12.35 PM Poster Viewing / Trade Exhibition
1.00 PM Lunch Break
SYMPOSIUM 2: Investing in Nutrition
2.00 PM Ensuring optimal infant & young child nutrition
Ms Rusidah Selamat, Nutrition Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia
2.20 PM Promoting healthy nutrition among school children
Prof Dr Norimah A. Karim, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
2.40 PM Promoting nutrition and physical activity: weight management programme Trim & Fit
Mr Muhammad Asyraf bin Ismail, Kuala Lumpur & Putrajaya Health Department
3.00 PM Nutrition of the elderly - programmes to promote healthy ageing
Prof Dr Suzana Shahar, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
3.25 PM Theme: Career as a nutritionist: what the future holds
Chairperson: Dr Tee E Siong, President, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

Ms Wong Mei Ching, Group Corporate Nutrition Manager, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad
Ms Rusidah Selamat, Nutrition Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia
Prof Dr Norimah A. Karim, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
4.30 PM

Refreshment / Trade Exhibition

SYMPOSIUM 3: Young Researcher’s Symposium
4.50 PM Competition for young researchers
6.00 PM

End of Day 1

26 July, 2018

Conference Day 2

SYMPOSIUM 4: Industry Contributions in Investing in Healthy Nutrition
9.00 AM Shaping the future of foods: food and nutrition leadership behind the scenes
Ms Cyndy Au, Regional Director, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs (Asia Pacific), DuPont Nutrition & Health
9.45 AM Effective ingredient choices for a prevention-oriented nutrition in obesity and diabetes mellitus – The evidence for prebiotic chicory root fibres and Palatinose™!
Ms Goh Peen Ern, Manager Nutrition Communication, BENEO Institute, BENEO Asia-Pacific
10.30 AM Refreshment / Trade exhibition
11.00 AM Lactobacillus casei Shirota (Lcs) effects on human health beyond digestive health (mental and immune health)
Dr Akito Kato, Yakult Research Centre, Japan
SYMPOSIUM 5: Nutrition Potpourri
11.50 AM Free paper presentations
12.30 PM Lunch
1.30 PM Poster Viewing / Trade Exhibition
Poster presenters in attendance for discussion
2.00-4.30 PM Free paper presentations
Prize Giving Ceremony
4.45 PM Young Researcher’s Symposium and
Best Undergraduate Poster Prize
5.00 PM Refreshment
Conference Ends