Joint action on Nutrition and Physical Activity Dr Michel Chauliac

Joint action on Nutrition and
Physical Activity
Dr Michel Chauliac
Direction générale de la santé
2006, Strategy on nutrition, overweight and obesity related issues (Commission).
-Two groups are linked to the implementation :
HLG on nutrition and Physical activity, Member States
share on the implementation of national nutrition and physical activity policies . They
might share common objectives and specific strategies
EU Platform for action on diet, physical activity and diet :
stakeholders can make commitments to act for Nut and Physical activity
. – External evaluation 2012 ; Irish Presidency.
In February 2014 an Action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020 was adopted as a
result of a coordinated work between Member States.
EU Action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020
Objective : Halt the rise in overweight and obesity in chldren and young
people (0-18 years) by 2020
Areas for action
-Support a healthy start
-Promote healthier environments, especially in schools and preschools
-Make the healthy option the easier option
-Restrict marketing and advertising to children
-Inform and empower families
-Encourage physical activity
-Monitor and evaluate
-Increase research
A focus on social inequalities in health and nutrition
The Joint action on Nutrition and physical activity 2015-2017
Not finalised, all informations are putative
A tool which allows a deepening of the cooperation between MS in activities related to
nutrition and physical activities.
It contributes to the implementation of the Action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020.
Various discussions in the HLG ; three specific meetings May, July, October
Countries involved
3 general WP :
4 technical WP
The final objective is to contribute to the reduction of childhood obesity in EU.
Specific Objectives (putative)
-Identify , analyze and share, between voluntary MS, useful knowledge
to advocate on the subject and best practices to act in order to improve
the consumption of a healthy diet with better nutritional quality foods,
to increase the level of physical activity and to reduce the sedentary
behaviours ;
-Identify mechanisms to support the implementation of best strategies,
actions and practices and possibly initiate the implementation of some ;
- Create recommendations and tools to advocate and implement
concrete specific actions aiming at the improvement of nutrition and
physical activity particularly of children;
- Ensure that these strategies and actions do not increase social
inequalities in nutrition.
The work will take into consideration the food and
nutrition as well as the physical activity aspects on a
“health in all policies” view , the role of the families, the
question of the social inequalities in nutrition.
Different mode of actions are considered in the Joint Action on Nutrition
•The use of economic evaluation of the cost of obesity to advocate and
encourage public action,
•The analysis, at national level, of the information on the nutritional
quality of foods, its use by various stakeholders, the way to monitor with
the aim to improve it
•The integrated actions at local level for diet and physical activity, with
children from in utero to the end of school age as a target, families and
profesionals as main actors of the actions, kindergarten and schools as
WP4 Evidence based for policy (Ireland)
Objective : to develop
the economic rationale for action on childhood
obesity. This rationale will develop evidence on the prevalence,
impact and cost of obesity in the EU and will be framed in terms of
the potential savings and cost reductions that might be achieved
by halting the obesity epidemic.
The data will be fed into an economic model to provide the current
economic cost of this burden. Assuming everything stays the same, this
data will provide the baseline for forecasting this burden and the cost
involved to 2025.
WP5 Food and nutritional information and monitoring
Objective : Share the best practices on how the nutritional information on food and diet
is gathered and used for nutritional policy by the different stakeholders.
The use of these best practices will contribute to the improvement of the nutritional food
quality within and between countries by creating a virtuous circle among the food
providers and empowering families by giving them nutritional information on foods.
Compare and benchmark, within and between countries participating in the workpackage, the
food information provided on foods and available for the families
Compare and benchmark within and between countries how this information is used for the
nutritional policy (reformulation by the industry and retailers, information of public health
professionals who are in contact with families, other)
Implement a pilot study (with report) in 2 volunteer countries: collect the nutritional
information on selected foods, harmonize the analysis and presentation of the data, test the use
of this information for the different aims and stakeholders
WP6 Healthy environments by integrated approaches
Objective : help MS to create healthier environments in kindergartens and schools. In
this regard, integrated approaches will be analyzed in depth to identify key lessons as
well as main facilitators and barriers. WP6 will resulted in a state-of-the-art guidance and
a web-based toolbox for program planners and decision makers on “healthy
environment by integrated approaches”.
Integrated approaches are 1) addressing multiple aspects of childhood obesity; 2)
involving all stakeholders of a particular setting; 3) including actors from different
sectors; and 4) multi-level measures.
Specific objectives:
•Frame a definition for good practices in childhood obesity prevention by integrated approaches
•Gather national good practices according to a standardized protocol
•Carry on stakeholder analysis involving actors from different sectors
•Systematic overview of the collected good practices as well as lessons from the stakeholder
•Create guidance and toolbox for decision makers and programme planners
WP7 Early intervention/actions
The aim of WP/7 is to improve the quality of public policies and interventions
promoting healthy diets and physical activity and diminish sedentary behaviour by
developing database with models of good practices. Focus is especially in
improvement of implementation and transferability (from research to practice/policy) of
practical models that target pregnant women and families with small children.
WP7 target population group are mothers and families expecting a child or with children
up to the age of two. It is crucial to include fathers and other care-takers, not only
A Health education generally is conveyed to the families through health professionals,
they need to have motivational tools to give proper information on nutrition and
physical activity
In addition to universal measures it is necessary to consider the increased differentiation
of European populations and include selective interventions that focus on lower socioeconomic and immigrant groups
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subject. These views have not been adopted or in any way approved by the Commission and should not be relied upon as a statement of
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