Nutrition

Fifth Meeting of the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG)

Subgroup on Diet and Health

4 - 7 March 2013, Hangzhou, China

To implement the strengthening of evidence-informed nutrition guidance, the WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD) established in 2010 the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) guided by the WHO Steering Committee for Nutrition Guidelines Development, which includes representatives from all Departments in WHO with an interest in the provision of recommendations in nutrition.

Membership in NUGAG is for two years and NUGAG includes experts from various WHO Expert Advisory Panels as well as experts from a larger roster including those identified through open calls for experts, taking into consideration a balanced mix of genders, breadth in areas of expertise, and representation from all WHO Regions.

In 2010 – 2011, the NUGAG consisted of four subgroups: 1) micronutrients; 2) diet and health; 3) nutrition in life course and undernutrition; and 4) monitoring and evaluation. However, due to organizational changes implemented in NHD in January 2012 and in an effort to reduce the administrative burden of managing multiple subgroups, the number of NUGAG subgroups has been reduced to two: 1) diet and health; and 2) nutrition actions.

The NUGAG Subgroup on Diet and Health began its biannual programme of work for 2012 – 2013 and held its 4th meeting in March 2012 while the NUGAG Subgroup on Nutrition Actions will begin its biannual programme of work for 2013 – 2014 with the holding of its first meeting on 18 – 21 February 2013.

The Nutrition Policy and Scientific Advice (NPU) Unit in NHD serves as the Secretariat of the NUGAG Subgroup on Diet and Health and is convening the next meeting of the NUGAG Subgroup on Diet and Health in Hangzhou, China from 4 to 7 March 2013. It will be the 5th meeting of the NUGAG Subgroup on Diet and Health, following the four previous meetings which took place in Geneva in February 2010 and March 2011, in Seoul, Republic of Korea in November 2011, and again in Geneva in March 2012.

The main objectives of the 5th meeting of the NUGAG Subgroup on Diet and Health are to:

  • Finalize the draft recommendations on intake of sugars in relation to weight gain and dental caries
  • Finalize the draft recommendations on total fat intake in relation to weight gain
  • Review the interim outcomes of systematic reviews on saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids in relation to the priority outcomes including all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke, blood lipids, diabetes in both adults and children
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