Cardiovascular diseases remain a key health issue in the EU

The European Heart Network released its European Cardiovascular Disease Statistics report for 2017. Today, cardiovascular diseases account for 37% of all deaths in the European Union (EU), that is to say 1.8 million deaths every year. Over the past 25 years, the absolute number of cardiovascular diseases cases has grown in the EU: 6 million new cases were recorded every year. Today, a total of 49 million people live with this kind of disease, costing €210 billion a year to European economies.

Dietary factors make the largest contribution to the risk of cardiovascular disease mortality and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) of all behavioural risk factors. Consuming more fruits and vegetables is acknowledged as having a real protective effect. In the EU, fruit consumption has grown overall, whereas vegetables intake has remained stable. Their levels of consumption vary from country to country. Fruit consumption was most commonly consumed in Portugal, where 67% of men and 75% of women reported consuming fruit at least daily, and least common in Romania (26% of women and 32% of men). Vegetable consumption was most common in Belgium, where 75% of men and 82% of women reported consuming vegetables at least daily, and least common in Germany among men (25%) and Romania among women (31%).Regarding the consumption of fat, it has remained relatively stable over the past two decades in the EU.

As figures show, cardiovascular diseases remain a key public health issue in the EU. Unfortunately, one does not notice significant change in dietary habits of European citizens towards healthier food intake. The FOOD programme contributes to cardiovascular diseases prevention by promoting healthier eating habits and a more balanced food offer in 9 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden).

mars 10, 2017   No Comments

Presentation of the FOOD programme at a European Commission meeting

The CHAFEA (European Commission’s Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency) organised with the support of DG SANTE a Cluster meeting that took place from November 30th to December 2nd in Budapest. It was a showcase of more than 30 projects on the theme “Nutrition and physical activities: How European Union contributes to Public Health priorities including obesity?”. It gathered speakers from the European Commission, from the World Health Organisation, from the Ministries of Health of different Member States as well as from the civil society (NGOs, universities …).

Childhood obesity, physical activity and healthy environments were the 3 main topics this event. The FOOD programme was presented within the 3rd topic as it eases the access to healthy meals during the working day.

The European Commission’s objective was to show the effectiveness of its actions through funding health projects. Journalists from all over Europe attended the meeting to learn about these activities and outputs. This meeting was a very good occasion to show the diversity of the actions that can be undertaken as well as the various types of entities that can work together towards a common objective: promoting the health of European citizens.

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janvier 10, 2017   No Comments