Workshop on “Better Food for Better Health” in Brussels

16 February 2016, Brussels, Belgium

The WHO Office at the European Union is organizing a workshop, "Better Food for Better Health", on 16 February 2016 at the European Parliament, in collaboration with the Netherlands EU Presidency and co-hosted by Mairead McGuinness, Vice-President of the European Parliament, MEP (EPP), and by Biljana Borzan, MEP (S&D).

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death in the WHO European Region. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes (the four major NCDs) together account for 77% of the burden of disease and almost 86% of premature mortality. The 2011 UN Resolution on NCDs recognized the global burden of these diseases, and the EU is contributing to the global effort to prevent and control NCDs by addressing the underlying risk factors and health determinants, including diet and physical activity.

Improving diets by changing the composition of processed foods is an important means to help reduce the prevalence of nutrition- and diet-related diseases. The workshop will present the scientific basis of the relation between diet and nutrition-related chronic disease.

The panel will be composed of WHO experts, EU policy-makers, EU consumers and also EU food manufacturer and retailer associations, which promises lively discussions on food reformulation. A particular focus will be various perspectives on salt reduction, trans-fatty acids, sugar and calorie intake; the opportunity will also be used to highlight the current challenges to improving food reformulation. The workshop will end with a Q&A session, involving all speakers, MEPs and the audience.
This event will open a debate on the identification of shortcomings and challenges before the conference on product improvement, organized by the Netherlands EU Presidency on 22–23 February 2016. 

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If you would like to attend this event, please register through the link below or contact the WHO Brussels office at eventsweu@euro.who.int for further information.