Uk Minister Calls For Tough International Action On Obesity, Smoking And Cancer
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In a speech to the UN, Minister of health, Andrew Lansley called Governments around the world to work together to combat the rising tide of lifestyle-related diseases.
Treating the members of the General Assembly of the United Nations, which had convened to discuss the prevention and the fight against non-communicable diseases, there began that international action is needed to make real progress against cancer, respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes with a collective international action to curb tobacco consumption and reduce alcohol abuse.
Just as the efforts around the world have saved millions of lives through programs to eradicate diseases such as smallpox and polio, Andrew Lansley said participants than the greater health of the current generation challenges stem from the causes of the disease, such as poor diet and environments, lack of exercise and the evolution of life. Change key must fight against the causes of health inequalities. It calls for an approach "any Government" and a determination to tackle the social determinants of health and the emphasis on the prevention of risk factors leading to non-communicable diseases.
Speaking in New York, Andrew Lansley said:
"More than half a century, our predecessors gathered to fight infectious diseases: the greatest challenges of the health of their day." Today, we face the new challenges of obesity, lung disease and alcohol-related diseases. They are inextricably linked to the way we live our lives. They are all also common, just as chronic and threaten more disability and early death.
"We need a bold and determined approach"any Government"for best results and help people make better choices about their own health.". By focusing on prevention, physical activity, on the responsibility of individuals and societies and with the action of the unified Government, we can make a big difference.
"I hope that in the coming decades, our successors will look back and see who was present when the tide began to turn, with the progress and development, has come not only opportunity and increased life expectancy, but the life expectancy in good health."
1. The Minister of health Andrew Lansley participates in the United Nations Conference on non-communicable diseases (NCD) on 19 and 20 September. At the Conference, the delegates seek to obtain an appropriate global response and representative, with emphasis on prevention and health system strengthening. They must sign a statement of this agreement.
2. The role of the Government is to bring together key partners to help and support people to make healthier choices. Later in the year, we published a paper on obesity which will set out how obesity is addressed in the new public health and NHS and the role of key partners systems.
3. A single results framework focuses on prevention, provides professional health and representatives of the Government, the freedom and resources to achieve these results and enables individuals to take charge of their own health. Change4Life encourages people to make simple changes, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, cut food fatty and more active.
4. Within the framework of our new approach, the Government will consider what can be achieved by voluntary approaches. Through the agreement of responsibility for public health, the Government is working with businesses and other organizations to help the public to live a healthier life:
• food producers are eliminating trans fats and reduce the levels of salt in food
• beverage companies to reduce the amount of alcohol in some of their beverages
• are the restaurants publish the number of calories in meals.
This was presented by the Parliamentary Information Office.