A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL)
The Joint Programming Initiative "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life" has proclaimed an overly ambitious vision:
"By 2030 all Europeans will have the motivation, ability and opportunity to consume a healthy diet from a variety of foods and have healthy levels of physical activity, and that the incidence of diet-related diseases will have decreased significantly."
Food production, human nutrition and the incidence of diet-related diseases are becoming increasingly important in our rapidly changing scientific, economic and societal environments. High quality diets and proper physical activity are the most critical determinants in human health and for quality of life in an ageing society.
At the same time, food production systems are challenged by an increasing competition for biomass and the need to improve food security and sustainable production. Consumer expectations, for example regarding food quality, safety, price and convenience, are also changing. Taking this into consideration, the aim of the Joint Programming Initiative A healthy diet for a healthy life is to understand better the factors that determine food choices and physical activity behaviours, and thus human health, and subsequently to translate this knowledge into programmes, products, tools and services that promote healthy food choices.
This Joint Programming Initiative A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life provides a roadmap for harmonised and structured research efforts in the area of food, nutrition, health and physical activity. It offers defined priorities to reach the goals as identified in a Vision Document from September 2010.
For more information on "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy life": http://www.healthydietforhealthylife.eu/
The HDHL Implementation Plan 2014/2015, published March 2014, can be downloaded here.