Five healthy habits extend our lives and improve our quality of life, according to research conducted by an international team that includes the University of Bern. Those five habits are: not smoking, having a normal body weight, eating a healthy diet, drinking only minimal alcohol, and exercising regularly.
Youth don’t exercise enough. A study by the WHO of 1,6 million students age 11-17 in 146 countries concludes that 81% of students don’t engage in the recommended hour of physical activity a day, with girls exercising less than boys.
In Switzerland 83% of boys and 89% of girls do not exercise enough, worse than the average among high-income western countries (72% for boys and 85% for girls).
In our interview with Prof. Dr. Sabine Rohrmann, nutrition scientist, we learn why food labelling makes sense for children and youth. We want to know from her the effects of vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets (mainly plant-based with a reduced consumption of animal-sourced foods) on our health and the environment. At the end of the conversation, she reveals why she loves asparagus today, even though as a child she thought it was terrible (MF).
The manifest asserts that health promotion and disease prevention activities are in no other lifecycle as effektive, sustainable and economically valuable as during childhood and youth. To meet this unmet potential, the manifesto formulates 6 key public health priorities to strengthen the health of children and youth in Switzerland (MF).
This new study shows that ultra- processed foods cause increased energy (calorie) intake and weight gain as compared to freshly prepared foods. The consumption of processed foods also increases the risk of overeating. Freshly prepared meals often have a different consistency and are higher in protein as compared to highly processed foods. Food consistency, taste and protein levels also affect our brains' satiation signals (when we feel full), causing a higher intake of processed foods. (MF)
How healthy is the Swiss population? This survey analyses self-assessed health data regarding, among others, nutrition, physical activity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, overweight and obesity. The current results show, for example, that 42% of the Swiss population remain overweight or obese. However, different socio-economic determinants affect health-related behaviour between population groups. (MF)
How equal is good health in Switzerland? This booklet shows with facts and numbers there is inequity regarding access to health promotion, disease prevention and medical care in Switzerland. Inequity regarding income, profession, gender and migration status influence, for example, the amount of vegetables and fruit eaten, physical activity and the self-perception of health. To minimize these inequities, collaboration between all levels -- community, cantonal and national -- is needed. (MF)
This fact sheet answers the 10 most important questions about non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Switzerland. For example, did you know a healthy lifestyle can prevent or delay the onset of more than half of all cases of NCDs? (MF)
Currently, chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardio-vascular diseases are the most common cause of death in Switzerland. This national NCD strategy shows how such chronic diseases can be prevented, delayed or their health consequences diminished. One key point of action is health promotion and disease prevention: a healthy lifestyle, including balanced nutrition, not smoking, limited alcohol consumption and regular movement, is a critical factor. (MF)
The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project is the largest, worldwide study of mortality and morbidity from major diseases, injuries and risk factors. The GBD gathers health data from 195 countries. Among the behavioral and environmental risk factors, poor diet was associated with nearly 1 in 5 of all deaths worldwide. In particular, diets low in whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, and fish oil, and high in salt, processed meat and red meat, were the most common dietary risk factors. (MF)
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