In the PAHO Chronic Disease Project, one team is dedicated to Diet and Physical Activity as the third of the four mains lines of action in the Regional Strategy for Chronic Disease Prevention, with the objective of promoting social and economic conditions that address the determinants of chronic diseases and empower people to increase control over their health and adopt healthy behaviors. Click below on "Read more ..." to find out more about the program, its activities and products, and its partners.
Announcement: Grants Opportunity
Request for Proposals: Promising Agriculture & Food Policies and Innovations to Improve Health and Nutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean. This RFP will fund three (3) research proposals that aim to show how existing or potential agriculture and food policies or technological innovations (e.g. biotechnology) can make a contribution to population health and diet with focus on obesity and non-communicable disease in Latin America and the Caribbean. Proposals that incorporate issues of agriculture sustainability, preservation of culinary traditions or promote collaboration between agriculture and public health professionals are particularly encouraged. The policies under scrutiny are expected to show potential or actual population impact on health/nutrition by way of modifying one or some of the following aspects: agriculture and trade policies, food security, food and nutrition policies and consumer behaviors (e.g. food-purchasing behavior and food consumption patterns). The deadline for the submission of proposal is 4 September 2009.
A healthy diet and a physically active lifestyle are the two main ways to prevent chronic disease and to avoid their risk factors.
Such behaviors are an essential part of an integrated approach for chronic disease prevention and control. The team prioritizes health promotion in such a way as to empower individuals and communities to exercise greater control over their health status and social determinants. To address the need to promote healthy diets and physical activity, the Regional Strategy proposes the following:
The promotion and adoption of healthy dietary habits, active lifestyles, and the control of obesity and nutrition-related chronic diseases.
The development of public policies, guidelines, institutional changes, communication strategies, and research related to diet and physical activity.
Health promotion and disease prevention strategies.
A life course perspective that considers health starting with fetal development and continuing into old age.
The concerted effort of multiple partners from the health and health-related sectors (e.g. education, civil society, the food industry, civic planners creating spaces for people to exercise and get out and about, etc.).
Documentation: Main PAHO Products and Activities on This Topic, including Health Promotion
- Ciclovías brochure: English | español | português
- World Hypertension Day, 17 May
2010: Healthy Weight, Healthy Blood Pressure. English | español
2009: Salt and High Blood Pressure: Two Silent Killers. Get Informed. Live long.
English | español
- Mobilizing for Dietary Salt Reduction Policies and Strategies in the Americas: Expert & Country Consultation, 2009 English | español
- World Diabetes Day, 14 November: Unite for Diabetes
2009: Understand diabetes. Take control: English | español | português
2008: Be active, eat healthy: English | español
2007: No child should die of diabetes! English | español
- World Heart Day, 27 September
2009: Work with Heart English | español
2007: Team Up for Healthy Hearts: English | español
- Archives page (to end 2008): Healthy Eating & Active Living | español
- Social Marketing: Application & Promoting Healthy Lifestyles, 8/2008, Santiago | español
4th Pan American Congress to Promote Vegetable & Fruit Consumption (Spanish only)
- Social Marketing & Healthy Lifestyles, 7-8/2008, Mexico | español
- Physical Activity Training, 2007, Guatemala | español
- Symposium Report-Lay Health Workers (Health Promoters) Project: Community Mobilization to Improve Cardiovascular Health in the Americas, 10/2005, Chile | español
- Healthy Caribbean 2008: Civil Society, 10/2008, Barbados | español
- Caribbean Private Sector Response, 5/2008, Trinidad & Tobago | español
- Promoting Physical Activity 5/2008, Trinidad & Tobago | español
- Caribbean Lifestyle Intervention CARLI, 2004 (English only)
- CARLI-Caribbean Lifestyle Intervention Program, 2001 (English only)
- Advocacy Manual | español | Advocacy Toolkit (English only)
PAHO/WHO Resolutions on Diet & Physical Activity
- Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases: implementation of the global strategy (World Health Assembly Resolution WHA61.14): English | español | français
- Regional Strategy on an Integrated Approach to the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases Including Diet, Physical Activity, and Health (PAHO Resolution, CD47-17 2006): English | español | português | français
Executive Summary:English | español
Abstract:The Strategy is comprehensive, requiring a combination of interventions for the population and individuals. It is integrated, spanning prevention and control strategies focusing on the major chronic diseases and cross-cutting risk factors (especially physical activity, tobacco, and alcohol). Finally, it is intersectoral, because most of the major determinants of the chronic disease burden lie outside the health sector.
- Health Promotion (PAHO Resolution CD47-16, 2006): English | español | português | français
- Regional Strategy and Plan of Action on Nutrition in Health and Development, 2006-2015 (PAHO Resolution CD47-18, 2006): English | español | português | français
- Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity, and Health (World Health Assembly Resolution WHA57.17, 2004): English | español | français
- WHO Links
- Alliances and Networks
New brochure: English | español | português
- ProCor: A Global Community Promoting Cardiovascular Health
- Five a Day / 5 al Día
- International Fruit & Vegetables Alliance (IFAVA)
- Healthy Settings
- Healthy Municipalities & Urban Health: Press release
- Health-Promoting Schools
- Local Development & Community Participation
- Physical Activity Network of the Americas (RAFA-PANA): English | español | português