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Noncommunicable diseases newsletter

July 2015


In focus: Nutrition

WHO launches tool to help countries reduce marketing of foods with too much fat, sugar and salt to children

Across the WHO European Region, children are still regularly exposed to marketing that promotes foods and drinks high in energy, saturated fats, trans fatty acids, free sugars or salt. Despite progress in some countries, government action to restrict such marketing remains less than optimal. One of the reasons for this is the challenge of identifying foods for which marketing should be restricted, whether on television, the Internet, billboards or any other channel.

Infographic: Healthy diets save lives  

Nutrition-related events

European regional consultation of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity

October  2015, Malta
WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, established the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity with a mandate to advise WHO and governments on the effective strategies available to tackle childhood and adolescent obesity in different contexts around the world.

More nutrition-related events

Nutrition-related news

Food marketing to children and salt reduction: focus of WHO/Europe action network meetings


Bi-regional workshop to build legal capacity and advance action on WHO recommendations on the marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children


WHO/Europe mission to Malta


WHO/Europe receives strong support for its work on food marketing to children


Using price policies to promote healthier diets

More nutrition-related news

Nutrition-related publications

European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020

WHO Regional Office for Europe nutrient profile model

Using price policies to promote healthier diets

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Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) meeting shares success

The 8th meeting of the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI) welcomed representatives from over 30 countries from across the WHO European Region. The focus of the meeting was to share the preliminary figures from the 3rd round of data collection, as well as to discuss the lessons learnt, successes and challenges. In addition, the meeting represented an opportunity to announce the expansion of COSI to welcome new countries.

WHO/Europe obesity data: clarification

During the conference, data were presented from the WHO Global Status Report on Noncommunicable Diseases 2014 showing the rates of overweight and obesity in recent years (2010 and 2014). Modeling projections from the work with UK Health Forum were also presented to show projections to 2030.

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Alcohol use

Workshop on alcohol screening and brief interventions in primary care settings

A workshop to strengthen capacity at the primary health care level to implement a screening programme for early detection of harmful alcohol was held in Podgorica, Montenegro, in March 2015.

Expert meeting on monitoring the implementation of the European action plan to reduce harmful alcohol use

The WHO European Region has the highest level of alcohol consumption. Therefore, WHO/Europe has taken a leading role in joint political action to tackle alcohol use and harm. An expert working group, consisting of representatives from Member States and other experts in the area of alcohol policy research, met in Copenhagen, Denmark on 10 April 2015.

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Noncommunicable diseases

New WHO Collaborating Centre on Noncommunicable Diseases Research, Prevention and Control

Clalit Research Institute was recently designated as a WHO Collaborating Center on Noncommunicable Diseases Research, Prevention and Control. The inaugural ceremony took place in Tel Aviv on 10 March 2015, on the occasion of the WHO Technical Meeting on Real-life complexities in NCD prevention and control hosted by Clalit.

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World No Tobacco Day awards 2015

WHO gives the World No Tobacco Day awards every year to carefully selected individuals and/or organizations in recognition of their accomplishments in tobacco control and in the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Pictorial health warnings on tobacco products

WHO/Europe's new evidence brief reviews the effects of large pictorial warnings on the packaging of tobacco products on knowledge and behaviour.

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Violence and injuries

Training municipality workers from Latvia in child injury and maltreatment prevention

A workshop to strengthen capacity in child injury and maltreatment prevention took place on 18–19 May 2015 in Riga, Latvia.

Road traffic crashes – the greatest threat to children’s lives

In the European Region there is no greater threat to the lives of children aged 5–17 years than a road traffic crash. The Third UN Global Road Safety Week, taking place on 4–10 May 2015, focuses on children and road safety.

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