World Food Day promotes worldwide awareness and action for:
- Those who suffer from hunger
- The need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. U
Unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles have seen obesity rates soar, not only in developed countries but also low-income countries, where hunger and obesity often exist side by side. While over 800 million people suffer from hunger, over 670 million adults and 120 million girls and boys (5–19) are obese and over 40 million children under five are overweight.
This year, #WorldFoodDay calls for action across areas to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone. At the same time, it calls on everyone to start thinking about what we eat.
What can we do at home, in government and in the workplace?
- Limit our consumption of foods that are high in salt, sugar and trans and saturated fats and make healthy eating and #ZeroHunger a part of your daily lives.
- Governments can invest in nutrition and put the right policies in place to provide healthier and sustainable diets at an affordable price. These polices can help smallholders and farmers diversify production and contribute to sustainable food systems, educate the public and guide interventions such as school food and nutrition, food assistance, public food procurement and regulations on food marketing, labelling and advertising.
- Larger organisations can promote healthy diets for employees by offering nutritional counselling, courses, talks, publications on nutrition or gym memberships to staff, or building onsite fitness centres and recreation areas. Duradiamond Healthcare can offer strategic, practical advice and services on these areas.
- Smaller businesses can review the food choices offered in onsite cafeterias, encourage staff to exercise during breaks or even request that nutritious foods are available in vending machines. Duradiamond Healthcare can offer strategic, practical advice and services on these areas.
- Organisations and individuals can make a commitment to healthy diets. WFD 2019 is an action oriented campaign so start by taking a pledge for healthy diets and Zero Hunger, and share it on social media (using #WorldFoodDay and #ZeroHunger).