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A concise overview of national nutrition action plans in the European Union Member States

Carl Lachat UGent, John Van Camp UGent, Stefaan De Henauw UGent, Christophe Matthys UGent, Yvan Larondelle, Anne-Marie De Winter UGent and Patrick Kolsteren UGent (2005) PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 8(3). p.266-274
abstract
Objective: This study presents an overview of national nutrition action plans in the member states of the European Union (EU), before its enlargement in 2004. In addition, their compliance with key recommendations of the World Health Organization, as documented in the First Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Policy and the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, has tentatively been evaluated on the basis of the policy documents published. Design: Literature review of publicly available policy national plans on nutrition and physical activity. Setting: Member states of the EU before enlargement in May 2004. Results: The development of national nutrition action plans is gaining momentum. Six of the 15 EU member states - namely, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, France, The Netherlands and the UK - have an operational nutrition policy and four of them have published an elaborated description of their nutrition policy in English. By the end of 2004, another four countries are expected to have their plan finalised. The available nutrition action plans generally seem to comply with international recommendations, although large variations are observed between the member states in terms of terminology, nutritional recommendations, institutional framework, nutritional scope, social groups targeted and monitoring and evaluation structures. Conclusions: Although the importance of nutritional surveillance, a comprehensive approach to nutritional problems and stakeholder involvement is recognised by the action plans, the justification for it is vaguely described. This paper advocates for proper evaluation and documentation of interventions in public health nutrition and nutrition policies.
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EXPERIENCES, HEALTH, FOODS, OBESITY, PREVENTION, DIET, physical activity, nutrition recommendations, eurodiet, nutrition policy, global strategy
journal title
PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION
Public Health Nutr.
volume
8
issue
3
pages
266-274 pages
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000229340100008
JCR category
PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
JCR impact factor
1.918 (2005)
JCR rank
35/99 (2005)
JCR quartile
2 (2005)
ISSN
1368-9800
DOI
10.1079/PHN2004691
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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350178
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-350178
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2005-06-13 09:26:00
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2016-12-19 15:40:24
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  abstract     = {Objective: This study presents an overview of national nutrition action plans in the member states of the European Union (EU), before its enlargement in 2004. In addition, their compliance with key recommendations of the World Health Organization, as documented in the First Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Policy and the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, has tentatively been evaluated on the basis of the policy documents published.
Design: Literature review of publicly available policy national plans on nutrition and physical activity. Setting: Member states of the EU before enlargement in May 2004.
Results: The development of national nutrition action plans is gaining momentum. Six of the 15 EU member states - namely, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, France, The Netherlands and the UK - have an operational nutrition policy and four of them have published an elaborated description of their nutrition policy in English. By the end of 2004, another four countries are expected to have their plan finalised. The available nutrition action plans generally seem to comply with international recommendations, although large variations are observed between the member states in terms of terminology, nutritional recommendations, institutional framework, nutritional scope, social groups targeted and monitoring and evaluation structures.
Conclusions: Although the importance of nutritional surveillance, a comprehensive approach to nutritional problems and stakeholder involvement is recognised by the action plans, the justification for it is vaguely described. This paper advocates for proper evaluation and documentation of interventions in public health nutrition and nutrition policies.},
  author       = {Lachat, Carl and Van Camp, John and De Henauw, Stefaan and Matthys, Christophe and Larondelle, Yvan and De Winter, Anne-Marie and Kolsteren, Patrick},
  issn         = {1368-9800},
  journal      = {PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION},
  keyword      = {EXPERIENCES,HEALTH,FOODS,OBESITY,PREVENTION,DIET,physical activity,nutrition recommendations,eurodiet,nutrition policy,global strategy},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {266--274},
  title        = {A concise overview of national nutrition action plans in the European Union Member States},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1079/PHN2004691},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2005},
}

Chicago
Lachat, Carl, John Van Camp, Stefaan De Henauw, Christophe Matthys, Yvan Larondelle, Anne-Marie De Winter, and Patrick Kolsteren. 2005. “A Concise Overview of National Nutrition Action Plans in the European Union Member States.” Public Health Nutrition 8 (3): 266–274.
APA
Lachat, C., Van Camp, J., De Henauw, S., Matthys, C., Larondelle, Y., De Winter, A.-M., & Kolsteren, P. (2005). A concise overview of national nutrition action plans in the European Union Member States. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION, 8(3), 266–274.
Vancouver
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Lachat C, Van Camp J, De Henauw S, Matthys C, Larondelle Y, De Winter A-M, et al. A concise overview of national nutrition action plans in the European Union Member States. PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION. 2005;8(3):266–74.
MLA
Lachat, Carl, John Van Camp, Stefaan De Henauw, et al. “A Concise Overview of National Nutrition Action Plans in the European Union Member States.” PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION 8.3 (2005): 266–274. Print.