The Czech Republic and Italy: two events celebrating the FOOD programme 10th anniversary


March 2019. In Czech Republic, a press event gathered various stakeholders for a round table about the evolution of eating habits amongst Czech employees and restaurants.

Representative of STOB (Stop Obesity), Edenred CZ, employees and restaurants discussed about the major changes that occurred in the Czech society.

Indeed only 3.5% of restaurants reported a strong demand for lighter meals ten years ago, whereas today over 25% of them reckon that the demand for healthier meals is increasing. And it is a growing figure.  However, in the Czech Republic, workers take less and less time to eat at lunchtime: 47% of them prefer a quicker service, ten percent more than in 2009. Despite that trend, everyone agrees that the lunchbreak should notbe sacrificed.

A restaurant owner, member of the FOOD programme for 10 years shared his testimony and confirmed that he experienced this increasing demand for healthier food; and that he had adjusted his offer accordingly over the years.

Link to a Czech TV clipping: here


May 2019. In Italy, a press conference hosted by the Ministry of Health introduced an itinerant training roadshow for restaurants.

A partnership with Fipe – Italian Federation of Public Exercises, ISS – National Institute of Health and Healthy Cities Network OMS, was presented in Rome. The training sessions aim at sensitizing chefs about healthy and balanced lunch breaks.

Three cooking shows will take place in three different Italian locations (Rome, Milan and Palermo), dedicated to restaurant owners and chefs. The events will be structured in three different modules:

  • food safety: avoid food contamination
  • nutritional safety: identify a healthy diet and balanced menus during lunch breaks;
  • correct management of allergens

First event will take place in Rome, on May 17th

Link to an Italian TV clipping: here 

mai 24, 2019   No Comments

The FOOD programme welcomes a new Italian partner: WHO Healthy Cities Network

At the start of this new year 2019, the FOOD programme is honored to welcome a new Italian member in its consortium of partners: “WHO Rete Città Sane” (WHO Healthy Cities Network). The Healthy Cities Network is a global movement initiated 30 years ago by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Agency dedicated to Health.

The approach seeks to put health high on the political and social agenda of cities and to build a strong movement for public health at the local level. The flagship cities of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network share a vision for urban health, in which they put people and their health and well-being at the centre of all their policies and actions. The Network aims at an improved collaboration between the member cities in order to innovate and share knowledge to achieve concrete change for the people and the planet.

This new partnership forecasts interesting projects for the FOOD Programme. Workshops will soon be organized with members of WHO Rete Città Sane to exchange on best practices related to healthy eating, and pursue common actions at the local level to foster healthier living conditions.

To know more: visit the website of the WHO Europe Healthy Cities Network


janvier 15, 2019   2 Comments