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7/04/2014

EPHA comments on WHO draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children

At the end of March 2014, EPHA commented on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft guidelines for sugar intake for adults and children. Put recently for public consideration, the new proposal aims to lower a daily sugar intake for the general global population from 10 to 5% of total calorie intake. Consumption of free sugars (particularly in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages) may result in both reduced intake of foods containing nutritionally adequate calories (such as these (...)
28/03/2014

EPHA submits comments to draft political declaration in the run-up to FAO/WHO Second International Conference on Nutrition

In the run up to the Second International Conference on Nutrition in November 2014, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization opened a public consultation with interested stakeholders on its zero draft political declaration (otherwise known as the Rome Accord), to gather comments on its vision for health and nutrition, a sensitive global food and farming system. EPHA submitted its comments to the document. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United (...)
27/03/2014

EU Alliance for Investing in Children writes to the EPSCO Council - No Inclusive Growth with Increasing Child Poverty

There are 26,5 million children across the European Union at risk of poverty or social exclusion - half a million more than a year ago - and the economic, financial and social crisis is only putting even more children at risk. On the occasion of the EPSCO Council Meeting on 10 March, the EU Alliance for Investing in Children emphasises that tackling and preventing child poverty and social exclusion are key to achieving the Europe 2020 headline targets. There is no inclusive growth without (...)
27/03/2014

EU Member States agree to act on Childhood Overweight and Obesity

The Greek Presidency "Nutrition and Physical Activity" conference of 24-25 February, saw the launch of the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity, initiated a year ago under the Irish Presidency of the EU. The Plan attempts to take into account the political complexity of all 28 EU Member States and aims to "demonstrate a shared commitment of addressing childhood obesity" by setting out eight priority areas for action "possible measures for consideration" while respecting countries’ (...)
28/02/2014

Alarming obesity rates in the WHO European Region require urgent action to protect children’s health

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. According to a (...)
28/02/2014

European Parliament adopts report on new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

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. Whilst welcoming the (...)
28/02/2014

European Networks unite for Europe’s Children

A year ago, the European Commission adopted the Recommendation ’Investing in Children – Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage’, which called for concerted efforts across Europe to end child poverty and promote child well-being. On the anniversary of the adoption of this landmark recommendation, several European networks, whose members are active in tackling child poverty and promoting children’s well-being, have agreed to work together in the framework of an EU Alliance (...)
28/02/2014

EPHA co-signs letter in support for a more coherent and rights-based policy approach towards migrant children and children’s rights

While the European Commission finalises its Communication on the future of Justice and Home Affairs policies, a number of migrants’ rights and children’s rights organisations, have written to the European Commission’s President Barroso to request a more coherent and rights-based policy approach towards migrant children. Specifically, the letter asks that future Home Affairs policy addresses existing shortcomings in meeting the EU’s legal obligations towards migrant (...)
28/02/2014

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on equal access to healthcare for children

At its latest plenary session in Strasbourg on 5 February 2014, the European Parliament voted for a motion for a resolution on equal access to healthcare for children. The motion was put forward by Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris MEP (EPP, Italy). Details of the motion for a resolution are given below: The European Parliament, – having regard to Rule 120 of its Rules of Procedure, A. whereas the right to health, meaning complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, has been (...)
28/02/2014

NOURISHING: World Cancer Research Fund International’s Food Policy Framework for Healthy Diets

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 (...)

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