1,000 life-changing days

The first 1000 days of life are extraordinary. It is when the foundations of the rest of our lives are created. The brain develops more than at any other time. It is when our surroundings affect us the most.

Those days shape the adults we become, our future health and wellbeing, and our ability to raise happy and healthy future generations. In those first 1000 days and beyond, not all children have the same opportunities to grow and thrive. 

EuroHealthNet have produced a new video exploring the effects of social, emotional, and physical environments during the first three years of life on long-term health and wellbeing. It looks at the actions needed to create solid foundations for later life.

To watch the video, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj3FhN-mfFw&feature=youtu.be


Alcohol brands are marketing their booze as ‘wellness’ drinks in a desperate bid to recapture the market

Millennials are spending less money on alcohol than both baby boomers and Generation X, according to a Nerdwallet analysis of a 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey. The analysis notes, however, that they’re spending roughly the same percentage of their income – 1% – on alcohol. When they do drink, millennials tend to opt for wine and spirits as their drink of choice, which has created a crisis in the beer industry, as Business Insider’s Kate Taylor previously reported

Some millennials are flirting with giving up alcohol altogether, or at least drinking it more mindfully. This ties into the generation’s enthusiasm for wellness and self-care, which has prompted a boom in businesses like luxury wellness centers that offer vitamin IV drips for glowing skin, cryotherapy for workout recovery, and infrared sauna sessions to de-stress. For millennials, wellness is the ultimate modern luxury.

To read more about this, go to: http://eucam.info/2019/06/04/millennials-are-spending-less-money-on-alcohol-than-previous-generations-now-brands-are-marketing-their-booze-as-wellness-drinks-in-a-desperate-bid-to-capture-the-market/

€250 to support healthy eating

Millions of children across the EU will receive milk, fruit and vegetables under the EU’s School Scheme in 2019/2020. This programme reached over 20 million children across the EU during the school year 2017/2018.

The national budget allocations for the EU school fruit, vegetable and milk schemes for the 2019/2020 school year was adopted today. €145 million are set aside for fruit and vegetables, and €105 million for milk and other dairy products. The distribution programme is complemented by educational measures that teach children about agriculture and promotes healthy eating.

To read more about this, go to: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-19-1848_en.htm

How much exercise do you do in a week?

Around 28 % of the European Union (EU) population aged 16 or over did not do any exercise outside working time in 2017, in contrast with the rest of the EU population, who undertook some form of sports, fitness or recreational activities in their leisure time.

In a typical week, just over one quarter (27 %) of the EU population exercised for up to 3 hours, 17 % for between 3 and 5 hours and 28 % for 5 hours or more.

Source: How much exercise do you do in a week? – Product – Eurostat

TB in the EU

The latest WHO/ECDC report Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2019 (2017 data) shows that despite an overall decline in numbers of people suffering from TB, the disease remains a major public health challenge in the Region. Of the 275 000 new diagnoses and relapses, an estimated 77 000 people are suffering from difficult-to-treat multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). The European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries fare better, with only 1 041 people reported to have MDR-TB. However, most countries in the Region, including many in the EU/EEA, struggle to treat patients successfully.

To read more go to: http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/sections/press-releases/2019/who-europeecdc-joint-press-release-every-hour-30-people-are-diagnosed-with-tuberculosis-tb-in-the-european-region.-its-time-to-make-tb-a-disease-of-the-past?utm_source=WHO%2FEurope+mailing+list&utm_campaign=c77c5422db-News_highlights_January_2018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_60241f4736-c77c5422db-93292493

Parent and child exercise: the importance of exercising as a new parent

The pressure of becoming a parent can be quite daunting and having a brand-new little bundle of joy can take a toll on physical heath, making parent and child exercise vital.

Having a child can very quickly take up almost all of your time, energy and love. It’s completely understandable that exercising, amongst other things, will always take a backseat as you begin to experience the life of parenthood, but you may be surprised to hear there are a fantastic range of benefits to gentle exercise as a new parent. Children’s retailer, Kiddies Kingdom outline the many positive outcomes of parent and child exercise.

Research suggests that some of the lowest rates of physical activity demographically can be found in women with young children, and whilst it’s entirely understandable that the exhaustion of everyday life can take over as a new parent, it’s key to avoid these habits continuing past the point of recovery to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

To read more about this, go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/parent-and-child-exercise/92058/

It’s critical to encourage blood donation among minorities, according to research

According to research, medical mistrust is a significant barrier to blood donation among minorities therefore better community education and communication is critical.

Researchers at Georgia State University and Georgia Southern University, USA, conducted the first systematic literature review of research on barriers and facilitators regarding blood donations among minorities. Nursing associate Professor Regena Spratling in the Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State and her colleagues in the Georgia Southern University School of Public Health conducted the research.

To read more go to: www.healtheuropa.eu/blood-donation-among-minorities/92016/

Hundreds of brands across EU ‘breaking’ bloc’s chemical safety rule

Companies producing food, medicine, cosmetics and plastic across Europe are breaking EU legislation not completing important safety checks when using millions of tonnes of chemicals in production, an analysis has found.

This has been going on for years but was only recently discovered thanks to German government files, which environmental group BUND obtained.

The companies failed to report whether these chemicals are harmful to unborn babies or cancerous, or pose a threat to the environment.

As many as 12 to 121 million tonnes of the 41 different chemicals concerned are used in Europe every year. They can be found in customer and industrial products, including medicines, food contacts (such as packaging) and toys.

To read more about this go to: https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/22/hundreds-of-brands-across-eu-breaking-bloc-s-chemical-safety-rules

One million new sexually transmitted diseases recorded every day, warns World Health Organization

A “wake up call” among people aged 15-49 years old is urgently needed with a million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur every day across the world, says the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to a new report released by the health agency, 127 million new cases of chlamydia were recorded and 87 million cases of gonorrhoea in 2016.

Syphilis (6.3 million) and trichomoniasis (156 million) are also considered part of the four curable STIs the health agency says remain a “persistent and endemic health threat worldwide”.

“We’re seeing a concerning lack of progress in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections worldwide,” said Dr Peter Salama, Executive Director for Universal Health Coverage and the Life-Course at WHO.

To read more about this go to: https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/07/one-million-new-stis-recorded-every-day-warns-world-health-organization

23 million people falling ill from unsafe food each year in Europe is just the tip of the iceberg

Every minute, 44 people – more than 23 million per year – fall sick from eating contaminated food, and an estimated 4700 per year lose their lives. This is according to a review of the most recent available data entitled “The burden of foodborne diseases in the WHO European Region”, and it represents only the tip of the iceberg: the true number of cases is unknown.

These findings were presented on the occasion of the first-ever World Food Safety Day on 7 June 2019. The WHO European Region joined partners across the world in celebrating the day to raise awareness and promote action to improve food safety.

To read more about this go to: http://www.euro.who.int/en/media-centre/sections/press-releases/2019/23-million-people-falling-ill-from-unsafe-food-each-year-in-europe-is-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg