The EPHNA

WHO WE ARE

The EPHNA is a joint force of centres that are responsible for nutrition and health communication at country level. Our starting point is public health nutrition, by which we mean:

  • Nutrition affecting the whole population, including production, distribution and consumption of and access to food ans sustainability.
  • With a focus on individuals and the social and physical environment
    • For individuals with focus on knowledge, attitudes, skills, competences.
    • For social and physical environment with focus on to make the healthy choice the easy choice.
  • Physical activity and other relevant psycho-social aspects are seen as part of the nutrition balance.

VISION

EPHNA is the key player for nutrition communication by building a European alliance that facilitates the work of national partner-centres responsible for nutrition and health communication. This will lead to all Europeans being provided with the most adequate information on nutrition to maintain a healthy and active life.

MISSION

  • EPHNA provides leadership on nutrition communication in Europe by combining the strength of the national partners.
  • EPHNA supports WHO in their nutrition communication work.
  • EPHNA shapes the political agenda, by drawing attention to nutrition-related issues.

TARGETS

EPHNA takes leadership on nutrition communication in Europe by combining the strength of the national partners by:

  • Exchanging information, expertise and experiences of good practice (on changing behaviour and environment).
  • Developing best practice models for nutrition communication through the life course.
  • Developing communication strategies on the implementation of national models for food based dietary guidelines .
  • Developing ready to use tools for the national partners, e.g. to reach vulnerable target groups.
  • Enhance a special nutrition topic, e.g. enhance vegetable consumption.
  • Rolling out a European nutrition campaign to communicate the practical and easy to use nutrition recommendations for European consumers.

EPHNA supports WHO in their nutrition communication work by:

  • Transferring basic national scientific nutrition recommendations into practical and easy to use recommendations for European consumers (e.g. further development of 5 keys to the healthy diet of WHO).
  • Support WHO in implementing the ICN2 framework for action.

EPHNA helps to put nutritional topics on the political agenda (eg. creating a better food environment in settings, food reformulation etc.) by:

  • Eg. organise round tables with relevant actors to get joint request for political action.

EPHNA facilitates to build up a centre for nutrition and health communication in countries who have none by:

  • Delivering a blue print for such a centre.
  • Build up a task force, offering workshops etc.
  • Support countries to do basic communication work, e.g. website etc.
Participating countries