Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

The Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (DPAS)

Implementation of resolutions: Progress Report, WHA agenda item 11.17

The Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (DPAS) was endorsed at the WHA in May 2004. Its aim has been to address unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, two of the major risk factors responsible for the growing burden of chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, which are responsible for 60% of all global deaths.

DPAS reviews existing evidence, assesses the most effective strategies impacting diet and physical activity risk factors, and assists Member States in implementing national strategies. The Global Strategy emphasizes the need to limit the consumption of saturated fats, trans fatty acids, salt and sugars, and to increase consumption of fruit and vegetables and levels of physical activity. It also addresses the role of prevention across sectors such as health services, food and agriculture policies, fiscal and regulatory policies, consumer education and communication including marketing, health claims and nutrition labelling, and school policies as they affect food and physical activity choices.

DPAS is scheduled to report back to WHA59 after two years of activity, as required in the resolution.