Intersectoral Action on Health: Impact on noncommunicable diseases through diet and physical activity

Report of an Expert Consultation 6–7 September 2010 Helsinki, Finland

Publication details

Number of pages: 23
Publication date: 2010
Languages: English


Objectives and methodology

The meeting objectives were targeted both to review general experiences and mechanisms of implementing intersectoral action and discuss issue-specific instruments. More specifically, three objectives were set.

  • Identify, from a review of international experiences, opportunities and mechanisms for intersectoral action, particularly between health, agriculture, urban planning, industry, and commerce, that impact on NCDs through diet and physical activity within a strategy of Health in All Policies.
  • Identify how Health Impact Assessment can be used to trigger public policies with the involvement of several sectors that lead to healthy diets and more physical activity for the entire population.
  • Identify how existing laws, policies and other political instruments that address nutrition as a human right contribute to the implementation of intersectoral policies for healthy diets