Healthy diets and food
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A recent WHO Europe Report, presenting an update on the marketing of foods high in fat, salt and sugar to children in the period 2012–2013, highlights increasing obesity rates in children. The overview about nutrition, obesity and physical inactivity in all 53 countries within the European Region, emphasises diverging obesity prevalence rates and the need for joint action to implement necessary policies on all levels, integrated in the WHO policy framework for health.
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At its plenary meeting in Strasbourg on 25 February, the European Parliament adopted MEP Emer Costello’s report on a new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAMD). The proposal is due to be definitely adopted by the EU’s Council of Ministers in the coming weeks. EPHA has been active on the issue from a public health perspective with a view to ensuring the programme distributes nutritious foods that contribute to good health of the most vulnerable.
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5 February, Brussels - Following the publication of the Commission’s legislative proposal for the merger of the School Fruit Scheme (SFS) and the School Milk Scheme (SMS) (1), and while welcoming the Commission’s recognition of poor nutrition and the need to fight obesityin Europe’s schoolchildren, Freshfel Europe and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) call on the Council and the European Parliament to defend the identity and the objectives of the SFS and not (...)
The World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF), an EPHA member organisation, has just published NOURISHING - an updated version of its Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets. This publication places policies into three broad and interlinked domains: food environment, food systems and behaviour change communication. To develop an effective response to unhealthy eating, governments should implement policy actions from all of the ten policy areas. These actions can be developed and (...)
food, diet and nutrition
children and adolescents
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A new global campaign will bring together health experts and policy-makers to comprehensively address the current global epidemic of obesity and diabetes by reducing ’unnecessarily high’ levels of sugar, in (mainly processed) food and beverage products, by up to 30%. The campaign is to move out of the stagnation and inactivity caused by the industry’s marketing strategies, governments’ self-regulatory approaches and consumers’ education.
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On 16 December 2013, the Agriculture Ministers of the EU formally adopted the four Basic Regulations for the reformed Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), as well as the Transition Rules for 2014. This follows on the approval of these Regulations by the European Parliament on 20 November.
Common agricultural policy: the reform is approved by the Council
Since EPHA began working on farming policy we have been advocating for the CPA to include access to healthy diets, improve policy coherence (...)
’The heart of the matter: Rethinking prevention of cardiovascular disease’ is an Economist Intelligence Unit report. It investigates the health challenges posed by cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the developed and the developing world, and examines the need for a fresh look at prevention.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s leading killer. It accounted for 30% of deaths around the globe in 2010 at an estimated total economic cost of over US$850bn.he common feature (...)
Earlier this year, after the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) scientific opinion on health claim assigned to fructose, the European Union authorized a claim stating that fructose has "a beneficial impact on blood glucose levels when it is used to substitute sucrose or glucose in the finished product". However, EFSA’s opinion also contains a negative health warning of "metabolic complications". The decision has met sceptical if not negative reactions from a vast array of (...)
16 October, 2013 - The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation’s (FAO) World Food Day is an occasion to highlight the plight of hundreds of millions undernourished people in the world, and the increasing problem of overconsumption and associated chronic conditions of overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes and cancer. The global pandemic of malnutrition – approximately 1 billion people suffer from chronic hunger while 1.4 billion people (...)
October 16 - On the United Nations’ World Food Day 2013 themed "Healthy People depend on Healthy Food Systems", and after contributing to the European Commission’s consultation on a Sustainable Food Systems, EPHA launch a position paper on the issue to add to an ongoing debate between Civil Society, policy-makers and other stakeholders.
What we eat and how our food is produced and consumed is important for our health - health is a prerequisite for economic growth and inclusive (...)