A policy framework for promoting healthy diets, physical activity, breastfeeding and reducing alcohol consumption
The prevention of cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is one of the most significant public health challenges of the 21st century, requiring a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach in response. However, countries are not taking sufficient action to meet global NCD targets.
Our policy brief, Driving action to prevent cancer and other non-communicable diseases: a new policy framework for promoting healthy diets, physical activity, breastfeeding and reducing alcohol consumption (PDF), highlights the latest research on the links between diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer, outlines why public policy is critically important to preventing cancer and other diet-related NCDs and presents a new policy framework to support governments to take action.
We developed the policy framework, using our NOURISHING framework as a foundation, to address physical activity, breastfeeding and alcohol consumption, in addition to diet. The latest framework modifies NOURISHING’s ten policy areas, expanding them to 11 areas, adding ‘Healthy urban design’, and broadens NOURISHING’s policy domains to health-enhancing environments, systems change and behaviour change communication. The new framework is complementary to, but does not replace, the NOURISHING and MOVING frameworks.
The framework can be used by governments to consider policy actions that will help create environments conducive for people and communities to follow our Cancer Prevention Recommendations.
The brief also highlights examples of implemented policy actions that promote healthy diets, physical activity, breastfeeding and reduce alcohol consumption across eight of the 11 policy areas of the new policy framework, from which countries can learn and tailor to their specific contexts.
In the brief we call on governments to: