2019 EU Health Award: the Commission unveils shortlisted initiatives

The European Commission selected the shortlisted initiatives of the 2019 EU Health Award for cities, NGOs and schools seeking to prevent and reduce obesity in children and young people (6-18 years old).
The nine shortlisted per category, in alphabetical order by organisation, are:

CITY category

  • Amsterdam Health Weight Programme (AHWP) by Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  • Weighty Friends (Ik heb een maatje) by Genk (Belgium)
  • Sintra Grows Healthy (Sintra Cresce Saudável) by Sintra (Portugal)

NGO category

  • FitforKids by FitforKids (Denmark)
  • CROKY MOVE Programme by RéPPOP BFC (France)
  • Healthy And Tasty (Zdravo I Fino) by Society “Our Children” Zabok (Croatia)

SCHOOL category

  • Active School Break by Antsla Gümnaasium (Estonia)
  • #Be Active @IES Guadalquivir by IES Guadalquivir (Spain)
  • Schools scheme for fruit and vegetables, milk and diary products by Primary School Podturen (Croatia)

The winners will be announced on 17 October 2019 at the Award Ceremony during the annual meeting of the EU Health Policy Platform in Brussels. The event will be live-streamed, with the link shared on the EU Health Award website and the EU Health Policy Platform.

Millions of Europeans are at risk of chronic digestive diseases

Discover Nutrition and Chronic Digestive Diseases, a new report launched by United European Gastroenterology (UEG), outlines alarming information on current dietary choices across the EU.

Vienna, 21 May 2019 – Poor nutritional choices, including a high intake of ultra-processed foods and trans-fats, are putting millions of Europeans at an increased risk of a range of chronic digestive diseases, including digestive cancers, wheat-related disorders and functional GI disorders, as well as obesity.

‘Nutrition and Chronic Digestive Diseases’, launched today by United European Gastroenterology (UEG) and supported by eleven medical associations, patient organisations and NGOs, canvasses the opinion of a number of leading experts in the fields of nutrition, digestive cancers, liver diseases, functional gastrointestinal disorders and paediatrics.

To read more about this go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/ueg-chronic-digestive-diseases/91706/

Mental Health Awareness Week Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

How does body image affect mental health?

Having body image concerns is a relatively common experience and is not a mental health problem in and of itself; however, it can be a risk factor for mental health problems. Research has found that higher body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviours and eating disorders.

To read more about this go to: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/body-image-report/exec-summary

What are the European Union political parties planning for your health?

The EUPHA (European Public Health Association) statement ‘What are the European Union political parties planning for your health?’ is a response to the European Union parties’ manifestos. The manifestos of the political parties seem not to prioritise health. Read the full analysis of the manifestos and calls for action in the EUPHA statement: https://eupha.org/repository/advocacy/EUPHA_statement_What_are_the_European_Union_political_parties_planning_for_your_health.pdf

#RosaceaNoFilter – Time to emphasise Rosacea Awareness Month

Online influencers take the lead in raising rosacea awareness in Galderma’s empowering Rosacea Awareness Month social media campaign.

As part of its ongoing commitment to raising awareness of rosacea and the hidden burden of the disease, Galderma, Nestlé Skin Health’s medical solutions business, is collaborating with top social media influencers this Rosacea Awareness Month, to encourage people with rosacea to speak up and share experiences of the beyond the visible impact of living with this distressing skin disease.

To read more about rosacea and the awareness month, go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/rosacea-awareness-month/91330/

Diabetes Prevention Week: Know your risk

About 90% of people with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes. It can come on slowly, usually over the age of 40. The signs may not be obvious, or there may be no signs at all, therefore it might be up to 10 years before you find out you have it.

That’s why it’s very important to know the risk factors. You can find out your risk with our Know Your Risk tool or you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check, so you can do something about it. 

Your risk increases with age.You’re more at risk if you’re white and over 40 or over 25 if you’re African-Caribbean, Black African, or South Asian. You’re two to six times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you have a parent, brother, sister or child with diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is two to four times more likely in people of South Asian descent and African-Caribbean or Black African descent. You’re more at risk of Type 2 diabetes if you’re overweight, especially if you’re large around the middle.

To read more about this and check your risk, go to: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/diabetes-risk-factors

Is healthcare on the brink of a global workforce crisis?

KPMG Global Chairman for Healthcare Dr Mark Britnell, cautions how healthcare is “on the brink of a global workforce crisis” – how prepared is the healthcare sector for these shortages?

London 20 March 2019 – A shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030 will have a devastating impact on the world’s healthcare sector unless swift action is taken, KPMG Global Chairman for Healthcare Dr Mark Britnell has warned. Is this just the beginning of a global workforce crisis?

“Overcoming the health worker deficit and looming staffing crisis presents the single biggest challenge for healthcare during the next decade,” he said yesterday at the launch of his new book Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare.

Healthcare is one of the largest sectors and employers in the world, worth over $9 trillion USD (~€7.9 trillion EUR) globally and consuming an average 10 per cent of a country’s GDP. However, according to Britnell, it simply does not have enough staff to care for patients anymore, and if swift action is not taken, we will soon be engulfed in a workforce crisis with severe implications on a global scale.

To read more about this go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/global-workforce-crisis/90846/

Celebrating international women’s day

International women’s day is a day of celebration and reflection on progress made to promote and protect women’s equality and human rights. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action. The Declaration laid down a pathway for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Over the past 20 years, governments have taken steps towards implementing the commitments made in Beijing. Overall progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality and, to a greater extent, infant mortality and morbidity rates. Progress accelerated with the launch of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in 2010.

To read more about this on the WHO website, go to: https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/news/womenday/en/

Eye damage: can heavy smoking impair vision?

Researchers have taken a closer look into eye damage, by understanding the detrimental effects of what chronic smoking can have on spatial and colour vision.

Appearing in Psychiatry Research, the research has found that smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can cause eye damage.

An estimated 34.3 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes and that more than 16 million live with a smoking-related disease, many of which affect the cardiovascular system, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To read more about this go to: https://www.healtheuropa.eu/eye-damage/90344/

The study included 71 healthy people who smoked fewer than 15 cigarettes in their lives and 63 who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day, were diagnosed with tobacco addiction and reported no attempts to stop smoking.

World Cancer Day: action for protection against cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is among the most common types of cancer affecting women in the WHO European Region, with 69 000 new cases and 30 000 deaths estimated for 2018 alone. Yet unlike most other types of cancer, it is vaccine-preventable.

On World Cancer Day, WHO/Europe aims to raise awareness that timely vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) in combination with regular screening for cervical cancer is the best way to protect girls’ futures from this tragic disease.

Success in controlling cervical cancer requires action by individuals, health-care professionals and policy-makers at national and global levels to ensure that everyone has easy access to the facts, the vaccines and the screening they need.

To read more about this go to: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/noncommunicable-diseases/cancer/news/news/2019/2/world-cancer-day-action-for-protection-against-cervical-cancer