Conference at the European Parliament: 5 years of the FOOD programme

The FOOD programme consortium of partners organised a high-level conference on the topic “New technologies for the promotion of healthy eating in the workplace”, that took place on October 19th at the European Parliament in Brussels. Hosted by MEP Daciana Octavia Sarbu and MEP Alojz Peterle, the conference welcomed high-level speakers from different and complementary fields: European Commission’s DG SANTE and DG CONNECT, the WHO, Universities, Health Ministries and the restaurant and food services sector.

MEP Daciana Octavia Sarbu opened the conference by stating that “we are struggling to cope with the burden of chronic diseases. Diet is a big part of the problem; but is also a big part of the solution”. Then, MEP Alojz Peterle added that the « EU can and should  provide more added-value in the field of health. The European FOOD programme is a great example of that.“ Bertrand Dumazy, CEO of Edenred, underlined in his opening speech that “a large part of the success and sustainability of the FOOD programme is due to its strong and smart partnership. It is also due to continuous monitoring, improvement and adaptation of the programme’s messages”.

In the first part of the conference, the European Commission’s executive agency managing the EU Health programme (CHAFEA) gave an introduction about the importance of EU funding in the field of health. The FOOD programme was presented in a short video that can be seen here. Then, Jo Jewell from WHO Europe raised the importance of having data such as the FOOD barometers in order to conduct adapted public health policies. Finally, Giuseppe Masanotti from the University of Perugia presented the main results of the 2017 FOOD barometers together with the main trends noticed over the years for both target groups, employees and restaurants.

Afterwards, John F. Ryan, Director for Public Health at the DG SANTE of the European Commission opened the panel discussion with a key note speech about health determinants in reaching the sustainable development goals, which was followed by a general introduction by Birgit Morlion from DG CONNECT about the digital transformation of health in Europe. The panel discussion focused on the potential of new technologies for the promotion of healthy eating. It was moderated by Jo Jewell from the WHO Europe and was composed by John F. Ryan, Birgit Morlion from DG CONNECT, Pedro Graça from the Portuguese Ministry of Health, Theodor Haratau from the Romtens Foundation and Virginie Torra, Senior Product Manager at EXKi. These speakers exchanged their points of view and perspectives on workplace health promotion, with a focus on the added-value of the use of new technologies in that field.

Martin Caraher from City University London concluded the conference by putting emphasis on the fact that “the FOOD programme creates structures in order to help people make healthy choices. It addresses different issues of the Millenium Development Goals, including poverty and sustainability”.


octobre 26, 2017   No Comments

French people eat less and less fruits and vegetables

The French National Programme for Nutrition and Health (Plan National Nutrition Santé, PNNS) was launched in 2001. One of its aims is to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables, especially as they bring vitamins and fibres and have positive effects against chronic pathologies. A recent study from the CREDOC – a French research centre for the study and observation of life conditions – show that these recommendations are less and less followed concerning the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Indeed, today, the youngest generations of French people consume 4 times less fruits and vegetables than their grand-parents. This evolution is explained by the urban ways of life that lead to the consumption of prepared and more practical products, and more often outside home.  The time spent on cooking and eating has also diminished. The low consumption of fruits and vegetables increases faster among qualified people. As a consequence, there are less and less differences according to the social background, but towards generalized bad nutritional habits. Today, only ¼ of the French people reach the target of consuming 5 fruits and vegetables a day.

Given these worrying results, the CREDOC calls for adapted and targeted public policies. By promoting nutritional recommendations validated by the PNNS towards its two target groups, employees and restaurants, the FOOD programme contributes to raise the awareness of the French population on healthy eating.

To know more, please consult the CREDOC’s report.


août 21, 2017   No Comments