Nutrition

Sixth meeting of the WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG)

Subgroup on Diet and Health

21 - 24 October 2013
WHO/EURO, Copenhagen, Denmark

The NUGAG Subgroup on Diet and Health began its biannual programme of work for 2012 – 2013 and held its 4th meeting in Geneva in March 2012, followed by its 5th meeting in Hangzhou, China in March 2013. The NUGAG Subgroup on Nutrition Actions began its biannual programme of work for 2013 – 2014 with the holding of its first meeting on 18 – 21 February 2013.

Updating of the dietary goals for the prevention of obesity and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) has been the focus of the work of the NUGAG Subgroup on Diet and Health. Updating of the WHO guidelines on sugars and fatty acids (in particular saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids), following the recent update on the sodium and potassium guidelines, is an important element of WHO’s efforts in implementing the NCD agenda, which the Organization is strengthening.

This will also contribute to the implementation of the Political Declaration of the UN High-level Meeting on NCD held in New York in September 2011 as well as the implementation of the NCD Action Plan for 2013 – 2020 which was adopted by the 66th World Health Assembly held in May 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 which will be hosted by the WHO Regional Office for Europe (EURO) in Copenhagen, Denmark from 21 to 24 October 2013.

It will be the 6th meeting of the NUGAG Subgroup on Diet and Health, following the five previous meetings which took place in Geneva in February 2010 and March 2011, in Seoul, Republic of Korea in November 2011, in Geneva in March 2012 and in Hangzhou, China in November 2012.

The main objectives of the 6th meeting are to:

  • Review the updated systematic reviews and assess the available evidence on saturated fatty acids (SFA) and trans-fatty acids (TFA)
  • Update the recommendations on SFA and TFA for the prevention of NCDs
  • Review the issues related to replacement of SFA and TFA as public health measures related to diet, nutrition and health
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