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European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015–2020

The intention of the Action Plan is to significantly reduce the burden of preventable dietrelated noncommunicable diseases, obesity and all other forms of malnutrition still prevalent in the WHO European Region. It calls for action through a whole-of-government, health-in-all-policies approach. Its priority actions will contribute to improving food system governance and the overall quality of the European population’s diet and nutritional status. See more

Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non communicable Diseases 2013-2020

The WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020 follows on from commitments made by Heads of State and Government in the United Nations Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs (resolution A/RES/66/2), recognizing the primary role and responsibility of Governments in responding to the challenge of NCDs and the important role of international cooperation to support national efforts. See more.

WHO - Press release on the draft document “WHO guiding principles and framework manual for front-of-pack labelling for promoting healthy diets”

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The Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organizations in Geneva expresses concern over the content of the draft document titled “WHO guiding principles and framework manual for front-of-pack labelling for promoting healthy diets” and about the modalities of its drafting and early circulation. See more.

Guiding principles and framework manual for front-of-pack labelling for promoting healthy diet

Front-of-pack labelling (FOPL) is an important policy tool for countries to help consumers to make healthier food choices. This document – WHO guiding principles and framework manual for front-ofpack labelling for promoting healthy diets – has been developed to support countries to develop, implement, and monitor and evaluate an appropriate FOPL system. See more.

Better food and nutrition in Europe: a progress report monitoring policy implementation in the WHO European Region

This report on progress achieved in the WHO European Region and Member States in implementing the European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015–2020 presents selected epidemiological data on the nutritional status of populations throughout the Region and on implementation of policies recommended in regional and global frameworks to promote healthy nutrition and prevent obesity. The data contained in the report are derived from the responses of Member States to the WHO Global nutrition policy review questionnaire. See more.
 

Portuguese consumers’ attitudes towards food labelling

The aim of this report is to show how Portuguese consumers use and understand nutrition information on food labels in their daily lives. It starts by presenting the theoretical framework for exploring the research goals. This is followed by a description of the methods, including the overall research approach, data collection techniques and data analysis procedures. Primary data were collected in a survey of 1127 Portuguese consumers and in four focus groups that explored differences among adults who were strongly conscious about healthy eating, adults who were weakly conscious about healthy eating, adults with less education and young people aged 15–18 years. See more

Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

The overarching goals of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity are to provide policy recommendations to governments to prevent infants, children and adolescents from developing obesity, and to identify and treat pre existing obesity in children and adolescents. The aims are to reduce the risk of morbidity and mortality due to noncommunicable diseases, lessen the negative psychosocial effects of obesity both in childhood and adulthood and reduce the risk of the next generation developing obesity.  See more.

Guideline: Sugars intake for adults and children 

The objective of this guideline is to provide recommendations on the intake of free sugars to reduce the risk of NCDs in adults and children, with a particular focus on the prevention and control of unhealthy weight gain and dental caries. The recommendations in this guideline can be used by policy-makers and programme managers to assess current intake levels of free sugars in their countries relative to a benchmark. They can also be used to develop measures to decrease intake of free sugars, where necessary, through a range of public health interventions.See more.

Guideline: Sodium intake for adults and children 

The objective of this guideline is to provide recommendations on the consumption of sodium to reduce NCDs in most adults and children. The recommendations in this guideline can be used by those developing programmes and policies to assess current sodium intake levels relative to a benchmark. If necessary, the recommendations can also be used to develop measures to decrease sodium intake through public health interventions such as food and product labelling, consumer education, and the establishment of food-based dietary guidelines. See more.