Romania, 10th FOOD country

For the last decade, the FOOD programme has been actively acting in the promotion of healthier eating habits during the working day. Its actions of communication and sensitisation campaigns have reached 5,4 million employees and 475 000 restaurants in nine member states (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Portugal).

In the past years, healthy eating promotion has grown in importance. Obesity kills more than under nutrition and the need for action is higher. All organisations and countries have a role to play.

In that perspective, the FOOD programme partners are glad to welcome Romania as the 10th country in its consortium. The Romanian National Institute of Public Health (INSP) indeed joined forces with Edenred Romania in order to address the negative impact of unhealthy lifestyle habits and the risk factors resulting from it.

The INSP becomes the 28th FOOD partner, alongside with the other Public Health Authorities, Research centres, Nutritionists, and Universities.

The Romanian partners adopted the EU FOOD recommendations and took care to adjust it to the national context. The recommendations are designed to raise awareness about healthy eating amongst the the two target groups: employees and restaurants.

The recommendations aim to change not only the content of the food eaten, its cooking method, but also the quantities offered.

For instance, Romanian FOOD restaurants will commit to:

  • Frequently offer a dish without meat,
  • Use vegetable oils as the main fat for cooking,
  • Use a low amount of salt when cooking…

Alongside, employees will be incited to pay attention to the following recommendations:

  • Prefer water instead of sweetened drinks,
  • Pay attention to the serving portion, and get up from the table before you are too full,
  • Reduce bread consumption and prefer whole wheat bread…

The FOOD programme draws its strength from the varied and the complementary skills of its partners, that enable a fruitful and long-lasting cooperation. This new partnership with Romania forecasts interesting further developments and actions.


octobre 16, 2018   No Comments

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.


mai 15, 2018   No Comments