Baltic health min­istries to co­op­er­ate in pro­mot­ing healthy eat­ing

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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.

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