The NIPN webinar on "Promoting Sustainable and Healthy Diets: The Role of National Public Health Institutes," held on February 9, 2023, addressed several topics relating to sustainable and healthy diets. A speaker from the Norwegian Public Health Institute, Dr. Helle Margrete, explained the historical perspective of the Nordic countries’ food-based dietary guidelines, the experience of the Nordic countries’ collaboration regarding dietary recommendations, regulations, and monitoring, as well as environmental issues.
Dr. Line Småstuen from the Norwegian Public Health Institute also explained about the consequence of unhealthy diet. She also explained what sustainable healthy diets are and recommended developing an innovative and coordinated national program for monitoring the diet and exposure to environmental contaminants.
Dr. Yewelsew Abebe from Ethiopia delivered a presentation outlining the Ethiopian food-based dietary guidelines for addressing sustainable and healthy diets, its status of implementation, and how to make it sustainable. The challenges and trade-offs of implementing such guidelines were also discussed, along with ways to incorporate environmental sustainability perspectives into dietary advice. Following the presentation, a Q&A session was held in which different ideas were raised by participants; ultimately, 67 individuals attended this informative webinar. To access the presentations, please click HERE; to access the Q&A session, click HERE