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Title: Two decades of action on nutrition for the Maltese population
Authors: Gauci, Charmaine
Lautier, Elaine Claire
Borg Buontempo, Mariella
Borg, Annalise
Keywords: Nutrition -- Malta
Health promotion -- Malta
Food habits -- Malta
Nutrition surveys -- Malta
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Malta Association of Public Health Medicine
Citation: Gauci, C., Lautier, E. C., Borg Buontempo, M., & Borg, A. (2019). Two decades of action on nutrition for the Maltese population. In N. Azzopardi Muscat, D. Cauchi & T. Melillo Fenech (Eds.), Public Health in Malta : 1999 - 2019 (pp. 49-53). Malta: Malta Association of Public Health Medicine.
Abstract: Malta, like many other countries, has experienced significant challenges in nutrition over the past 20 years. Given the increasing prevalence of diet-related diseases and overweight and obesity across all ages, nutrition has been high on the Ministry for Health agenda over the past 15 years. Public Health practitioners in Malta have been drivers of public health nutrition reform throughout this period. The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate was set up to mainly focus on health promotion and non-communicable diseases including healthy nutrition in 2007. Over the years a number of strategies have been outlined targeting nutrition for the Maltese population including the Non Communicable Disease Strategy, the National Cancer Plan, the National Healthy Weight for Life Strategy, the Food and Nutrition Policy and Action Plan for Malta, Diabetes: A National Public Health Priority – A National Strategy for Diabetes 2016-2020, Whole of School Approach to Healthy Lifestyle: Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Policy and Strategy and the National Breastfeeding Policy and Action Plan 2015 – 2020. With input from WHO and the EU, Malta has participated in many surveys allowing for continuous monitoring and evaluation. In 2015, Malta embarked on a first National Food Consumption Survey, results of which will provide a baseline on eating habits to target priority areas for action, inform policy and monitor trends.
ISBN: 9789995715120
Appears in Collections:Public Health in Malta: 1999 - 2019

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