Community based actions – a shortcut to sustainable public health nutrition?

Professor Suggs joined Professor Bent Egberg Mikkelsen (Denmark), Professor Agneta Yngve (Sweden), and Ms. Elva Gisladottir (Iceland) this week at the world nutrition congress in Las Plamas, Gran Canaria, Spain for a well attended and inspiring session on ” Community based actions – a shortcut to sustainable public health nutrition?

  • Introduction to Community based actions in public health nutrition. Agneta Yngve, Orebro Universtiy, Sweden.
  • Community engagement and social marketing – The FAN project. L. Suzanne Suggs, Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland.
  • Governance of healthy living in a local community – the SoL–Bornholm protocol and first results. Bent Egberg Mikkelsen, Aalborg University, Denmark.
  • The Health Promoting Community. Elva Gisladottir. Directorate of Health, Iceland.

The audience of nutrition and public health experts responded positively to the talks and Ms. Rangelov was recognized  for her work on FAN, as well as the rest of the team who worked on it. During the open discussion part of the session, Dr. Isatou Jallow, former Chief of Women, Children and Gender Policy, WFP, Rome, Italy said in her public comments, that we removed the “?” from the title and hopes we can all work together in Africa to improve public health nutrition in communities.

It was an excellent session and illustrated the role in communities, listening to individuals, good government, good health policy, building coalitions in communities, and the importance of social marketing in health improvement.

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