EFAD Weekly Newsflash 22.12.2016

The December issue of the EFAD Newsletter has been published. You can access it here
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European News



Andriukaitis: ‘eHealth can empower patients to manage diabetes’ 
The right eHealth tools will help healthcare systems adjust to the alarming rise of diabetes and patients to effectively monitor the development of their disease, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said in an interview with EurActiv.com. See more


Commission and Member States participate in High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity 
Food reformulation and helping children eat healthier are priorities of both the current Slovak EU Presidency and of the upcoming Maltese EU Presidency. Read the presentations given at this 23 November meeting here


New EU law on food information to consumers 
The new Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers entered into application on 13 December 2014. The obligation to provide nutrition information will apply from 13 December 2016. The new law combines 2 Directives into one legislation2000/13/EC - Labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs (applicable until 12 December 2014) and 90/496/EEC - Nutrition labelling for foodstuffs.http://ec.europa.eu/food/safety/labelling_nutrition/labelling_legislation_en



The high-level European eHealth Week, organised by the Maltese Ministry for Health (as part of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union), the European Commission and HIMSS Europe, will focus on the overarching theme “Data for Health: The key to personalised sustainable care” and will particularly highlight the impact that data has on patients’ and citizens’ health. WHO/Europe, that just published a report on the status of eHealth in the WHO European Region in 2016, will help creating content for the programme.



Early childhood: Case studies in the Member States
The good practices to prevent childhood overweight and obesity in early stages of life where collected and analyzed in the ‘Report of case studies in Member States’. The document describes the methodology and the data collected in order to assess examples of actions in the EU countries. Out of the 13 participating countries 11 sent programmes/interventions for a total number of 50. All participating partners provided information of the policy background concerning pregnant mothers and families with children under the age of three years. This report contributes to the overall aim of WP7, which is to identify programmes implemented in the participating countries and to gain better understanding of the conditions where good models work and where they do not work. http://www.janpa.eu/news/newsletter3.asp



The OPEN project, a 3-year project, was designed according to the statement that existing childhood obesity prevention programmes and initiatives could be improved and that they should include adolescents and families. Next January, a book will be published in order to present the key activities and outcomes of the OPEN project. http://openprogram.eu/toolbox/book/2016/12/15/january-2017-open-book-is-coming



Public Health England commissioned a set of questions on obesity as part of the British Social Attitudes survey to inform its future work. The findings of the first British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey on obesity, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), were published on 8 December 2016. PHE commissioned NatCen Social Research to include a set of questions in its BSA survey to understand the public’s view of obesity and related issues. The paper, Attitudes to obesity, presents NatCen’s analysis of the results.The primary findings show that people underestimate their weight and struggle to identify the point when someone becomes obese. Almost two thirds of adults are overweight or obese. All of this combined suggests being overweight or obese is normalised in society. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-major-survey-of-britains-attitudes-on-obesity-published?utm_content=buffer06192&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Global News



From 2017, every January the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus will work with its member organisations, partners and supporters to promote World Folic Acid Awareness Week as part of the IF Global Prevention Initiative to reduce the worldwide risk of NTDs and Hydrocephalus. They are asking for your support once again, joining their united effort to raise awareness of this import global public health issue. From January 9th -15th they will mark the very first World Folic Acid Awareness Week. Join!