JPI HDHL is delighted to welcome a new full member country in the JPI HDHL community: Latvia. JPI HDHL now has 23 full member countries and 3 countries that are connected with JPI HDHL with an observer status. JPI HDHL is a country driven initiative and participation in JPI HDHL takes place at a country level. An active contribution to the activities of JPI HDHL is expected from its member countries, including preparation and participation in the meetings of the Management Board. In the Management Board all decisions relevant to the JPI are planned, taken and implemented.

The European Public Health Association-EUPHA, a member of the JPI HDHL Stakeholder Advisory Board, has published a report on Healthy and Sustainable diets for European countries. callings for all European states to establish a statutory Sustainable Nutrition Task Force, that considers and includes the wider aspects of food. EUPHA is an international umbrella organisation for public health associations bringing together around 17,000 public health experts for professional exchange and collaboration throughout Europe. The report  promotes a greater alignment of health and sustainability messages on diet and nutrition. It’s targeted at European leaders operating in the fields of health and nutrition, agriculture, food safety, education, consumer affairs and environmental protection.

The implementation of national wide dietary surveys is an essential component of surveillance programs and evaluation of food impact on health in European countries and it has been one of the pillar of the JPI HDHL Knowledge Hub DEDIPAC, CREA-AN (Food and Nutrition Research Center of the Agriculture Research Council and Agrarian Economy Analysis), already member of DEDIPAC, has launched IV SCAI, the IV Food Consumption Study in Italy, a sample survey aimed at collecting data on food consumption of the Italian population, with the harmonized methods recommended by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The study is carried out under the EU-Menu program (OC-EFSA-DATA-2014-02-Lot1-CT03; Lot 2-CT05).

The MRC and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have responded to a wide-reaching review of nutrition research in the UK with new proposals aimed at revolutionising the field. The Review of Nutrition and Human Health Research, commissioned by the Office of Strategic Coordination for Health Research (OSCHR), was overseen by an expert Review Group and its aims included a SWOT analysis of nutrition research relevant to human health in the UK (strengths and weaknesses, capacity, opportunities) and short-long term recommendations.

In total, 54 eligible Expression of Interest letters (EoI) have been submitted to the Joint Funding Action “Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)”. After the evaluation by the Scientific Evaluation Committee (SEC), 28 research groups were selected to elaborate a joint network proposal.

The JPI HDHL is pleased to announce the mid-term symposia of the Joint Funding Actions “NutriCog- Nutrition and Cognitive Function”, “IM-Intestinal Microbiomics, “FP4H-Food Processing for Health” and “MaNuEL-Malnutrition in the Elderly" which will be held in Brussels on September 25th, 2017.

In total, 66 eligible pre-proposals have been submitted to the HDHL-INTIMIC Cofunded Call "Interrelation of the Intestinal Microbiome, Diet and Health". Following the first evaluation step the selected consortia have been invited to submit a full proposal by July 20th. The final funding decision is expected in October 2017.

DEDIPAC the Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity Knowledge Hub to integrate and develop infrastructure for research across Europe published the final report about what has been achieved in three years of intense and fruitful activities carried out by more than 300 scientists from 68 research centers in 13 countries across Europe.

On 16 October 2017 the EU Commission will hold a conference in Brussels to disseminate successful European Research and Innovation (R&I) initiatives and contribute to the ongoing science-policy dialogue in the area of Food & Nutrition Security (FNS).

The conference will provide a stakeholder platform for a science policy dialogues to assess the current state of European research, innovation and investment, and explore future needs relevant to the implementation of the EU FOOD 2030 Strategy.

JPI HDHL developed a movie to explain the role that research on Nutrition & Health matters can play to improve public health, and increasing the quality of life. The prevalence of overweight and obesity is increasing worldwide. More than 2 billion people are overweight, of which 600 million suffer from obesity. This causes an increase in diet-related diseases as well as an increase in costs for the society. Through JPI HDHL, 26 governments work together to improve the effectiveness of Research & Innovation investments and to increase knowledge supporting society in moving towards a healthier and more sustainable diet.