Many national policy campaigns to encourage healthier diets have been put in place but few have been evaluated for their impact in changing actual behaviour, reports the EATWELL project (Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating Habits: Evaluation and Recommendations) at the 5th Annual European Public Health Conference in Malta on 8 November.............read more.
Public acceptance of nutrition policies is influenced by age, economic wealth, political views, obesity attributions, and the willingness to pay for such policies. The EATWELL survey is an international study which investigated the acceptance of nutrition policies in five European countries – UK, Italy, Belgium, Denmark and Poland – based on a random sample of over 3000 computer-assisted web interviews. The preliminary survey results were presented by Dr Mario Mazzocchi, University of Bologna, at the 11th FENS European Nutrition Conference in Madrid on Thursday 27 October 2011..............read more.
Policies for a healthier European diet: are they effective?
EATWELL (Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating Habits: Evaluation and Recommendations) is an EU (FP7) funded project that aims to help tackle one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century; unhealthy diets. European Union Member States have initiated various national policy campaigns to encourage physical activity and healthier diets. Ensuring the success of such interventions requires systematic evaluation of their impact to find out what works and what doesn’t. The EATWELL project was devised to identify the successes, failures and uncertainties of these campaigns and use the results to provide advice for policy makers on creating more successful healthy eating policy interventions.............read more.
Food Today: Improving policy interventions key to promoting healthy eating in Europe?
Unhealthy diets are a major concern and one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. Many campaigns promoting healthy eating and physical activity have been launched in an attempt to reverse the obesity trend, but few have been assessed. Have they been effective? How can they be improved? The European Union-funded project EATWELL is tasked with finding these answers.............read more.
Can the private sector help the ‘nanny state’ play a crucial role in selling better eating to the public and reduce health care costs?
Across the European Union, member state policy interventions aimed at improving diet and reducing related preventative diseases have, in the past, had mixed results. A new, three and a half year, €2.5 million European research project, EATWELL, led by the University of Reading, will, for the first time, catalogue these interventions, evaluating what has worked well and why.................read more.