Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Nutrition and physical activity
Working together at local, regional, national and European level.
Joint meeting of the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, Brussels, 29 November 2011
Extracts from the keynote address and statement by Commissioner Dalli
The TV report "Europe acts against obesity" shows several initiatives supported by the Platform aiming at reversing overweight trends among the younger generations:
- The Food Dude is an EU-funded healthy eating programme launched by the Irish Food Board that teaches children at school how to eat in a healthy way, but also shows parents how to establish healthy eating habits also at home. More than 250 schools in Ireland currently follow the programme.
- In Cologne, Germany, the Fit Am Ball initiative aims to show children how to combine sport, in particular soccer, and healthy food. Run initially in 25 schools in 2003, the Fit Am Ball activities have been extended to over 1000 German schools.