A special general meeting in Bucharest in December 2018 to welcome the 10th country of the FOOD Consortium

Partners of the FOOD programme gathered in Bucharest, Romania, in order to exchange on the best practices in each country and on the new perspectives for the FOOD programme.

Romania, the latest country to have joined the Consortium (in August 2018) hosted the event and took the opportunity to officially launch the Programme in the country. A media event took place on December 6th where Romanian High Officials introduced the FOOD programme. Romania is committed to act in favour of healthy eating promotion at the workplace and raise awareness on this topic thanks to a strong public private partnership.

The general meeting then carried on with the national updates and exchanges about the yearly actions conducted in the member countries as well as the future developments to ensure the continuity of the programme.

This year, the focus was put on the digitalization of the communication and the FOOD Barometers’ results dissemination to restaurants and employees in order to get more adherence to the programme.

The partners also discussed about the 10th anniversary of the FOOD project that will take place in 2019.

This meeting was a great success thanks to the partners’ contribution and involvement and the positive dynamic brought by the new partners and contact points.


janvier 3, 2019   No Comments

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