The European Commission calls for health promotion best practices!

The European Commission launched in 2016 a Steering group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases, gathering representatives from health ministries of EU Member states, Norway and Iceland, and from Commission services, EU agencies and the European Investment Bank. They work together to prioritise policies and interventions that have the potential to positively impact many people’s lives. In 2018, the Steering group decided to focus more specifically on nutrition and physical activity, which are key to fight against non-communicable diseases. Indeed, the World Health Organisation considers them responsible for an estimated 86% of the deaths in the European Region and 70% to 80% of healthcare costs.

In this framework, a best practice portal was launched on April 22nd by the European Commission. It gathers good practices collected in previous Health programme actions in various fields, ranging from nutrition and physical activity to mental health. Stakeholders and health promotion actors are called to submit new good practices that will then be assessed. If selected as “best practices”, they would then be shared with the Member States’ Steering group for possible wider implementation.

 

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