A gateway to knowledge on health: a tool to facilitate the implementation of health policies

Economy - published on 04 December 2017


Source: Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

Today, the European Commission is launching a Knowledge Gateway on Health Promotion and Disease
to support the implementation of health policies across the EU. The web portal provides reliable, independent and up-to date information on topics related to the promotion of health
and the prevention of non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or cancer. Speaking at the launch event at the Commission’s Joint Research Centre site in Ispra, Italy,
Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said: “People’s dietary habits and lifestyle have an important impact on their health and quality of life. This
is why I strongly encourage Member States and stakeholders to focus more on promoting good health. However, sometimes it can be complicated both for policy-makers and for the general public – we
are so often presented with authoritative ‘facts’ on what constitutes good nutrition or proper physical activity and we have to navigate through a sea of misinformation, opinions, prejudices, and
myths to find the truth. Hence, I am delighted to launch today the Health Promotion and Prevention Gateway a ‘one-stop shop’ for independent and reliable information to help promote good health
and prevent disease. I hope that it will become a reference point for public health policy-makers – in all sectors and at all levels – as well as a source of clear and reliable information for
ordinary citizens.”

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre which co-developed the Knowledge Gateway, added: “This tool
was created with and for decision-makers in EU Member States working in the area of public health. Hundreds of research papers, multiple data sources and policy examples were digested and turned
into short reference guides on key policy topics which summarise the most important facts for policy makers. The information is tailored to the needs of national policy making bodies and presented
in a user-friendly format. This will help to formulate health policies based on rigorous and objective assessment criteria.”

The launch of the Gateway follows the call for a healthy lifestyle made in Tartu, Estonia, on 22 September, which sets out a roadmap for promoting healthy lifestyles in Europe, particular amongst
children, over the next two years.

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