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Excess: let’s not blame Christmas, but act on food and drink environments


Christmas and New Year: two great occasions to contemplate about excess. But not the type of excess that may once in a while accompany some memorable event. Rather, what deserves revision is the structural excess that our food and drink environments promote. Fortunately, this year ends with signs of hope. Limiting the alcohol industry The Irish “Public Health Alcohol Bill”, introduced on 9 December, is a groundbreaking piece of legislation which reads much like a Christmas (...)
28/12/2015

[EPHA Guide] The EU and Health


14 October, 2013 - The EPHA Secretariat, with two decades of expertise in advocating for better health for everyone living in Europe, LAUNCHED TODAY a handbook to ease the reader’s journey into the EU’s competences on public health: its legislative basis, actors, policies, funding and key upcoming developments. This guide could be used as a one-stop resource manual on how the EU deals with public health in Europe. A gateway to help you to better make sense of the EU’s (...)
01/09/2015

Nutrient profiles saved by EP Legal Committee, but vigilance required


Some have interpreted the European Commission’s "Better Regulation" agenda as an opportunity to eliminate nutrient profiles from European legislation. On 16 June, the European Parliament’s Legal Committee voted on the Regulatory Fitness (REFIT) Programme which held two amendments seeking to scrap nutrient profiles. Fortunately, these amendments were rejected. However, a new battle around nutrient profiles may well be around the corner. According to the WHO, nutrient profiling (...)
01/07/2015

Food price policies are a key factor to promote healthier diets, says WHO


Faced with increasing levels of overweight and obesity and non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, caused largely by unhealthy diets, policy-makers right across Europe are looking for solutions to reduce the cost burden on health services and public budgets. In response to the common health challenges across Europe, the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region agreed a common policy framework entitled Health 2020 with a goal to “significantly (...)
26/03/2015

WHO recommends cutting sugar intake to six teaspoons per day


Reducing sugars intake to less than 10% of total daily calories: a strong recommendation from WHO. The WHO has recommended to governments to take measures to reduce sugar intake to less than 10% of daily calories. The new sugar guideline points out that further reduction to 5% - which equates to around 25g or 6 teaspoons per day – would bring further benefits to health. There is increasing concern that consumption of free sugars, especially in the form of sugar-sweetened drinks, (...)
19/03/2015

WHO launches Nutrient Profile guidelines to protect children from marketing of unhealthy foods


WHO Europe has published a long-awaited Nutrient Profile Toolto help governments to classify food and drinks based on fat (saturated and trans), salt and added sugar content. The tool provides a clear scientific basis to define products with a high fat, sugar and/or salt content (HFSS) for which marketing to children should be restricted to protect health. WHO Regional Office for Europe nutrient profile model (2015) Despite progress in some countries of the WHO European region, (...)
02/03/2015

[Joint press statement] Save the EU School Fruit Scheme: ‘Better Regulation’ must not be put ahead of children’s health


25 February 2015, Brussels – The European Commission may be planning to abandon (1) the EU School Fruit Scheme (SFS), a programme that provides fruit and vegetables and promotes healthy eating habits to more than 8.6 million children and more than 50.000 schools across Europe. Ahead of a Commission meeting with EU member states and stakeholders to discuss the scheme on 2 March, a coalition of twelve public health and fruit and vegetable organisations called (2) (3) on the (...)
25/02/2015

EU Parliament must consider healthy food systems in EU-US trade deal


EPHA has called on the members of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee leading the report on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), to consider its impact on determinants of health, sustainable food systems and healthy diets. The draft report prepared by the EP Committee on International Trade was discussed on 24 February, while several EP Committees have been working preparing their respective opinions. The draft opinion prepared by the EP Committee (...)
24/02/2015

EPHA calls on national governments to support healthy nutrition while developing national operational programmes of the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived


September 2014 - European Public Health Alliance, Europe’s largest network of public health organisations and NGOs advocating for better health for all and reducing health inequalities, has launched its call on governments of all 28 EU Member States to support healthy nutrition while developing their national operational programmes for the new Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived, formerly "Free Food for Europe’s Poor". As the responsibility for the programme oscillates (...)
04/11/2014

Traffic light labelling increases healthier food choices on a long term basis


Several recent studies on the ’traffic light system’ of food labelling show that this visual packaging warning on food products significantly affects the consumer’s choice in favour of healthier foods. Most importantly, traffic light labelling increases the right choices on a long-term basis with no evidence of label fatigue. The result of a US study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine shows that traffic light labelling and product placement (...)
31/10/2014