Con­fer­ence will en­cour­age health­ier life­styles

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By WANG XIAODONG and SHAN JUAN Con­tact the writ­ers at shan­juan@chi­

Shang­hai will host the 9th Global Con­fer­ence on Health Pro­mo­tion from Nov 21 to 24, aim­ing for high-level ad­vo­cacy for health ad­vance­ment by all so­cial sec­tors world­wide, the coun­try’s top health au­thor­ity and the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced on Mon­day.

It demon­strates again the strong com­mit­ment of China’s top lead­er­ship to peo­ple’s health, said Song Shuli, spokes­woman for the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

Last month, the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the State Coun­cil is­sued the “Healthy China 2030” blue­print, which vows to as­sure res­i­dents equal ac­cess to ba­sic health ser­vices by 2020.

It also re­quires all govern­ment de­part­ments to help pro­mote health.

Bern­hard Schwart­lander, WHO rep­re­sen­ta­tive in China, said: “China’s lead­ers un­der­stand that health and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment are two sides of the same coin. We look for­ward to see­ing min­is­ters, may­ors and other lead­ers come to­gether to grap­ple with some of the key is­sues, such as rapid ur­ban­iza­tion, the in­creas­ing burden of chronic, life­style-re­lated dis­eases and the need for in­no­va­tion in­how we tackle these chal­lenges.”

Mao Qun’an, pub­lic­ity chief of the com­mis­sion, said they are ex­pect­ing more cross-depart­ment co­op­er­a­tion to pro­mote pub­lic health.

He said the com­mis­sion is work­ing with more than 10 min­istries, in­clud­ing the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sport, to launch a na­tion­wide cam­paign on pro­mot­ing healthy life­styles to raise peo­ple’s aware­ness of health and how to pre­vent chronic dis­eases.

In­ci­dences of ma­jor chronic dis­eases, such as hy­per­ten­sion and di­a­betes, have been ris­ing in China in re­cent years, and chronic dis­eases have be­come the ma­jor cause of death for Chi­nese, the com­mis­sion said.

“Form­ing a healthy life­style is eas­ier said than done,” Mao said. “We hope that with the multi-de­part­men­tal ef­forts, ev­ery­one can start to have a healthy life­style.”

Dai Zheng­she, direc­tor of the Shaanxi Pro­vin­cial Com­mis­sion for Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning, said in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that healthy life­styles con­trib­ute much­moreto re­duced in­ci­dences of chronic dis­eases than ex­pen­sive med­i­cal treat­ment.

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