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Britain stirring: battle against sugar gains momentum

Last year’s December Newsletter already highlighted how the mood in Britain on sugar taxation is changing. Will Europe follow suit? Recently the UK National Health Service (NHS) decided to single-handedly implement a sugar tax in its hospitals. By 2020, as the various food catering contracts are renewed, all facilities should have a levy on sugary products in place, or have removed them from public spaces altogether. On 20 January, Food Standards Scotland accepted a number of (...)
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WHO European Health Report 2015:Towards a new public health metric

In their latest annual report on the state of Europe’s health, the WHO singles out alcohol, tobacco and obesity as Europe’s main public health concerns and calls for "well-being" to be a public health indicator. There is some good news in WHO’s European Health Report 2015: Europe appears to be on track in reducing premature mortality from the four main chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, respiratory diseases). [1] Total alcohol consumption (...)

[EPHA Position] How to include Public Health into the EU Trade Policy Strategy?

The objective of the European Public Health Community is to protect and promote public health by ensuring policy and regulatory space for governments and the EU by incorporating flexibility: Improved well-being of people should be the primary objective of EU policies, and EU trade policy is regarded as a tool to achieve a number of public interest objectives, including, protection of public health, the environment and consumer interests. - EPHA Position How to include Public Health into (...)

FRESHER - Foresight and Modelling for European Health Policy and Regulation

On 1 January, the EU-funded research project FRESHER was launched, and the kick off meeting was held on 2 and 3 March. Representatives from all project partner organisations were present: Austrian Institute of Technology (AU), University of Aix-Marseille (FR), Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche médicale (FR), National Institute for Health and Welfare (FI), European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), Fourth View Consulting (EE), Istituto di Studi per L’Integrazione dei (...)

Council discusses merging of EU School Fruit and Milk Scheme and adopts conclusions on fruit and vegetables

On 17-18 June, the Council of Agriculture Ministers of the European Union (EU) discussed progress made on the proposals for regulations merging the aid scheme for the supply of fruit, vegetables and milk in educational settings. The Council also adopted its Conclusions on the fruit and vegetable sector since the 2007 reform. The Presidency presented its progress report on the Commission proposals for regulations merging the schemes for the supply of fruit and vegetables, bananas and milk (...)

EPHA speaks at member’s workshop on children and adolescents’ health and well-being

On 11 June 2014, EPHA was one of the speakers at the International Health Alliance (formerly the Health and Europe Center) event on Children and Adolescents’ Health and Well-Being, where issues related to obesity, body image and mental health were discussed. The International Health Alliance is an EPHA member. Find out more at: EPHA presentation Event programme

WHO launches new High Level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

At the 67th World Health Assembly, a new High-Level Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity was officially launched. This new Commission aims to gather the best possible advice on dealing with the crisis of childhood obesity. In 2012, more than 40 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese. By 2025, 70 million children under 5 will be overweight or obese if current trends continue. This Commission has been set up in a framework of the WHO Global Monitoring Framework for (...)

Every day should be patients’ rights day

Active Citizenship Network (ACN) decided to dedicate the 8th celebration of European Patients’ Rights Day in 2014 to "the role of citizens’ organisations in the empowerment of patients with chronic diseases." On 12 May, speakers examined the different chronic disease networks (e.g. cancer, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD)) and their impacts on political decision making. On 13 May, EPHA participated in the panel discussion on how research policy can respond (...)

[ToyBox project report] Obesity prevention in children in pre-school years: policies and evidence

On 30 April 2014, the World Obesity Federation (formerly the International Association for the Study of Obesity) published its report "Obesity prevention in children in pre-school years: Policies and evidence". The report rounds off with the EU-funded ToyBox project and a high-level workshop on the future of the research in the field of childhood obesity organised on 11 April, in which EPHA took part. On 30 April 2014, the World Obesity Federation (formerly the International Association (...)

The European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND)

Almost one century after the discovery of insulin therapy , people who suffer from diabetes still continue facing physical and psychological pain. Last January, the European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND) released a practical guide which calls upon governments across Europe to take political commitments to start making concrete changes to diabetes policies. Background The European Policy Action Network on Diabetes (ExPAND) was created in November 2011 and gathers European and (...)