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Reducing Sugar, Salt and Fat to Prevent NCDs: Bold Initiatives and Success Stories

Reducing Sugar, Salt and Fat to Prevent NCDs: Bold Initiatives and Success Stories

PANELISTS

Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health, Jamaica: Addressing the growing challenge of childhood obesity in the Caribbean
Dr. Søren Brostrøm, Director General, Danish Health Authority: Eliminating trans fat in Denmark and lessons learned on strategic implementation
Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO, Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies: A new effort to reduce salt consumption in China, and the historic REPLACE action package to eliminate trans fat from the global food supply.
Dr. Nandita Murukutla, Vice President, Global Policy and Research, Policy, Advocacy and Communication, Vital Strategies: Evidence of media campaigns mobilizing public support and setting policy priorities for healthy food policies
Ms. Sandra Mullin, Moderator, Senior Vice President, Policy, Advocacy and Communication, Vital Strategies

About the event

Unhealthy diets are the greatest contributor to rising levels of obesity worldwide, which in turn are linked to high rates of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.2 High levels of dietary salt, saturated fat and trans-fatty acids are also risk factors for heart disease, which kills 17.7 million people globally each year.

This side event will highlight global efforts and successes in reducing the NCD burden through policies that limit access to unhealthy foods and promote healthier alternatives, and call for reducing the amount of salt and trans fat in foods.

A guided panel discussion will describe recent success stories including fiscal instruments such as sugary drinks taxes, marketing restrictions, front-of-pack labeling, and population-level media campaigns. Diverse experiences from governments, public health professionals, and advocates will be presented. The event will call for a focus on implementation of proven policies, especially those outlined in the WHO “best buys,” to accelerate action.

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