Category: News

10 Nov 2020

A three-part blog series on Australia’s new food reformulation targets

The George Institute’s PhD candidates, Emalie Rosewarne and Daisy Coyle have published a three-part blog series on Australia’s new food reformulation targets. Topics explored include: how the reformulation program could be better-aligned with international best-practice, how the reformulation targets need to be improved to have a meaningful impact, and the steps the Government needs to […]

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09 Nov 2020

The UK has new salt targets to be met by 2024

In September 2020, Public Health England published the 5th set of voluntary salt reduction targets for the UK, to be achieved by 2024. The salt targets cover 84 specific food categories, 8 more than the 2017 targets. Where there was scope for further reductions, the new targets are progressively lower than previous ones. For the […]

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09 Nov 2020

World Children’s Day Webinar by UNICEF and WHO: 20 November 2020

To mark World Children’s Day on the 20th of November, UNICEF and WHO are hosting a webinar titled “Towards a healthy weight for all children – maintaining momentum in challenging times”. This webinar will focus on the global efforts to prevent childhood overweight and obesity with discussion on the opportunities and challenges to promote early […]

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09 Nov 2020

Food, COVID-19 and Sensible Policy: Time to #FixFood

To celebrate World Food Day on the 16th of October, The George Institute hosted a discussion with Professor Dariush Mozaffarian of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Prof Mozaffarian provided a background on the burden of disease due to poor diets, the steps that can be taken to fix diets and food […]

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09 Nov 2020

World Stroke Day on 29 October 2020

One in four people will have a stroke in their lifetime. This year’s World Stroke Day focused on the top 10 lifestyle changes to prevent stroke including controlling high blood pressure, eating a healthy, balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight. The World Stroke Organization encouraged individuals to “join the movement” and share dance moves […]

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09 Nov 2020

World Heart Day 2020: ‘Share your stories’ campaign by World Heart Federation

On the 29th of September 2020, World Heart Day saw the world become filled with messages of heart-healthy lifestyle change ideas. These messages have reached millions of people around the world thanks to the ‘Share your stories’ campaign initiated by the World Heart Federation. To ‘Use Heart’ by sharing your World Heart Day story with […]

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09 Nov 2020

New online course launched on World Hypertension Day, 17 October 2020

The theme of World Hypertension Day 2020 was “Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer”, emphasising accurate measurement, effective control and a healthy long life. The Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization and Resolve to Save Lives hosted an online event and presented a new virtual course and new tools to improve blood […]

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11 Sep 2020

MONGOLIA: Raising salt awareness in the western region of Mongolia

Mean estimated population salt consumption in the western region of Mongolia is 15.4 g/day; triple the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommended daily maximum of 5 g/day and much higher than the national average of 11.1 g/day. To tackle this disparity, Mongolia has implemented several activities in line with the framework, “Improving knowledge and awareness on […]

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20 Aug 2020

LINKS toolkit: Resources for Healthy Public Food Procurement

LINKS (a collaboration between WHO, the CDC Foundation and Resolve to Save Lives) recently published a toolkit of resources for healthy public food procurement policies – these policies ensure that foods procured or served in public settings contribute to a healthy diet. Resources include implementation guidance and examples of policies from around the world, and […]

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20 Aug 2020

WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO EURO) released new country support package to aid salt reduction

In late July the WHO EURO office launched a new package to support countries in the European region to reduce salt consumption. The support package provides a step-by-step guide on developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating salt reduction programs. It is hoped that this support package will encourage countries to either reinforce of further pursue salt [...]
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