Baltic health ministries to cooperate in promoting healthy eating
The leadership of Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian health ministries decided to cooperate in drafting healthy eating and alcohol and tobacco consumption policies with the aim of reducing mortality from noncommunicable diseases in the region.
ERR reports that Estonian Minister of Health and Labour Jevgeni Ossinovski commented after meeting with State Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Health Kārlis Ketners and Lithuanian Minister of Health Aurelijus Veryga on Tuesday, May 17: «We are far away from Nordic countries, whose social policy and practice to prevent illness are an example for all three Baltic countries. An important area of concern in our region is health-related inequality, or the strong connection of health indicators with gender, education and economic well-being».
The health ministries of the three countries decided to exchange information and best practice as to imposing restrictions on the accessibility of alcohol, the equalization of tobacco products and engaging in collaboration with the food industry.
Health ministries would also jointly develop and implement policies that would decrease alcohol and tobacco consumption and increase healthy eating.