The EATWELL project aims to provide European Member States with best practice guidelines to develop appropriate policy interventions that will encourage healthy eating across Europe.
Welcome to the project website of EATWELL (Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating Habits: Evaluation and Recommendations). Here you can find all relevant information and latest news from the EU-funded research consortium.
Unhealthy diets are one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, and their most visible manifestation, namely overweight and obesity, are dramatically increasing in Europe. In response, European Union (EU) Member States have initiated a variety of national policy interventions to encourage physical activity and healthy eating. However, such interventions have rarely been evaluated in a systematic way.
For the first time, a 4 year EU-project (running from April 2009 to March 2013) aims at making an overview of the actions undertaken and identifying gaps, success and failure factors for these campaigns. Its final objective is to provide EU Member States policy makers with best practice guidelines with valuable insights from private sector and communication agencies to develop appropriate policy interventions that will encourage healthy eating across Europe.
EATWELL FINAL RESULTS: The project presented its final results in the session 'Policies for a healthier European diet: are they effective?' at the 5th European Public Health Conference in Malta on 8 November. Download the report Effectiveness of policy interventions to promote healthy eating and recommendations for future action: evidence from the EATWELL project and read the press release Creating a healthier Europe: Recommendations for healthy eating policy interventions.
NEW PODCAST: Estimating the effects of healthy eating policies
Professor Bhavani Shankar, leader of EATWELL’s work on the quantitative estimation of diet policy effects, has assessed the effect of a range of policies implemented in Europe. In this podcast, he speaks about his work, sharing some of the results so far and the insights he has gained into the process of dietary policy evaluation. He also explains why the EATWELL project is important and what he hopes will be the impact of the research. Click here to listen.
New EATWELL research published; "Policies to promote healthy eating in Europe: a structured review of policies and their effectiveness", in Nutrition Reviews.
This review provides a classification of public policies to promote healthier eating as well as a structured mapping of existing measures in Europe. Complete coverage of alternative policy types was ensured by complementing the review with a selection of major interventions from outside Europe.
Project publishes paper 'Assessment of evaluations made to healthy eating policies in Europe: a review within the EATWELL Project' in Public Health Nutrition. The study highlights the need not only to develop harmonized and verifiable procedures but also indicators for measuring effectiveness and success and for comparing between interventions and countries. EU policies are recommended to provide a set of indicators that may be measured consistently and regularly in all countries. Furthermore, public information campaigns should be accompanied by other interventions, as evaluations may show an impact on awareness and intention, but rarely on consumption patterns and health outcome.....................read more.
Download the EATWELL leaflet.