Working Group

Health & Nutrition

In the face of challenges providing good nutrition and ensuring the health of all citizens such as a growing and aging world population, rising obesity rates and health care costs, has become imperative. We need to build on the global impetus and make sure Europe is on a mission for health and nutrition. Delivering health and good nutrition to all Europeans goes beyond awareness and science – it also requires creating an environment that puts nutrition within reach. Sustaining a healthy diet is not easy. In our modern lifestyles, ensuring a sufficient intake in macro- and micronutrients is more difficult than ever: this is why a more targeted approach to nutrition is essential. Durable and creative solutions and alternatives such as “nutrition on the go” and functional foods are needed to make it easier for Europeans to adhere to nutritious diets. Consumers require trust, transparency and quality from the food industry. World leading SMEs, traditional family enterprises and innovative suppliers are working tirelessly to fulfill customer demands and help addressing the global food challenges. European companies are among leaders in this sector but they need the support of the EU policy makers to help creating the right environment. The objective of this Working Group is to outline challenges and solutions and actively contribute to a healthy future for EU citizens. Raising awareness of the role of nutrition to tackle megatrends, communicating about the benefits of healthy diets and promoting nutrition education and the access to healthy choices would be among the key priorities of this initiative.

Health & Nutrition
Leadership - Christine Schneider
Leadership Chair Christine Schneider
  • Member of the European Parliament
  • Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development
Leadership - Anthea McIntyre
Special Advisor
for Nutrition & Consumer Protection
Anthea McIntyre
  • Member of the European Parliament 2011 -2020
  • Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety 2019 - 2020
  • Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development 2014 - 2019
  • Committee on Employment and Social Affairs 2014 - 2019
Commitment

Ensuring Health
of the EU Citizens

We bring together SME actors of the food sector to raise awareness of the role of nutrition in tackling health challenges, as well as the need for more significant investment in innovation in the food sector, to promote sustainable food products and food production, whilst also ensuring our food safety systems work for SMEs.

Fighting civilization diseases with healthy nutrition

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Growing evidence points to certain dietary habits, increasing or decreasing cancer risk. In Europes beating Cancer Plan, the right Food & Nutrition can support this Plan.

Healthy aging:
from birth to old age

Healthy longevity is a tangible possibility for many individuals and populations, with nutritional and other lifestyle factors playing a pivotal role in modulating the likelihood of healthy ageing. A major aim of our Working Group is to raise awareness regarding the relationships between nutrition and the ageing process from birth to old age.

Sport & nutrition
for everybody

Nutrition is strongly linked to health and physical activity, especially due to the increase in energy and nutrient demands. The nutritional approach for training and competition is one of the most important concerns of sports nutrition science.

Sustainable nutrition
must feed all & be healthy

Sustainability has been identified as a key priority across all sectors under the European Green Deal – we are committed to supporting efforts to promote efficient and sustainable food production methods, whilst boosting innovation and the development of smart technologies.

Research & innovation

The European food sector, a sector dominated by SMEs (over 90%), is a world leader when it comes to innovation. We believe it is critical to encourage innovation in nutritional science by making sure that nutrition companies retain their ability to take R&D initiatives to optimize how food is produced, packaged and consumed to the benefits of EU consumers

Food safety to consumers: high-quality production standards & post-market surveillance system

Building trust among consumers by applying high-quality production standards is vital for our sector’s growth. A harmonization of those standards would also provide a level playing field at EU level by protecting those companies that provide good quality products, and sanction the ones that don’t take consumer protection seriously enough.

Catch up with the conversation

The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Prevention

On Tuesday, June 09 the first discussion, part of newly established SME Connect´s  Initiative Healthy Lifestyle at Work & Home led by Working Group on Health and Nutrition, took place to explore the role of nutrition in cancer prevention while highlighting the SME sector with the participation of Tanja Milin Horvat, Public Health, Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices, foodstuffs, GMO at Permanent Representation of Croatia to the EU; Christine Schneider MEP, Member of ENVI & AGRI Committees, Shadow Rapporteur Farm to Fork and Chair of SME Connect´s Working Group on ...

Ensuring a healthier and more productive economic environment in Europe: Cross-sectorial call to support and lend patronage to the initiative Healthy Lifestyle at Work & Home to help SMEs support and encourage their employees to adopt healthier behaviours

Ensuring a healthier and more productive economic environment in Europe: Cross-sectorial call to support and lend patronage to the initiative Healthy Lifestyle at Work & Home to help SMEs support and encourage their employees to adopt healthier behaviours  Due to an increased availability of information, health awareness continues to grow, together with the burden of an ageing population and increased risk for lifestyle diseases. Non-communicable diseases, however, are becoming more widespread: today, there are more people in the world who are overweight and obese than underweight. The combination of a ...

Announcing SME Connect’s Working Group on Health & Nutrition chaired by Christine Schneider

We are delighted to bring to your kind attention our new Working Group on Health & Nutrition chaired by Christine Schneider, ENVI & AGRI Member, Shadow Rapporteur on Farm to Fork. We call on everyone to be part of the discussion! 🍏 Why? When Covid-19 emerged rapidly it made evident how #HealthLiteracyis a crucial tool for prevention. Along with system preparedness, individual preparedness is key for solving complex threats of the #NewNormal. We are willing to bring this debate into the SME ecosystem ⚙️ #SMEs can contribute in many ways to the ...

Building a Future of Digital Health Services: The Potential of e-Health in Public Health Emergencies

On Wednesday May 20, the webinar on “Building a Future of Digital Health Services: The Potential of e-Health in Public Health Emergencies” was held by SME Connect Italy in association with SME Europe of the European People's Party to highlight the need to digitalize and modernize our health care systems to cope with global emergencies, ageing populations as well as non-communicable and chronic diseases. The Webinar was Hosted and moderated by Dr. Michal Boni, First Minister of Administration & Digitalisation of Poland 2011-2013; Member of the European Parliament 2014-2019, Co-rapporteur of ...

Best Practices for Entrepreneurs & Industry: How to Avoid Misleading Claims & Tackle Excessive Pricing for Functional Foods

  💬 On April 29th, the Working Group on Health & Nutrition 🥬 held a webinar on “Best Practices for Entrepreneurs & Industry:  How to Avoid Misleading Claims & Tackle Excessive Pricing for Functional Foods” in contemplation of evaluating good practices to ensure peoples´ trust in food supplements even in times of misleading, false claims and excessive pricing. Since the #Covid19 #outbreak, sales of functional foods have increased as consumers stocking up vitamins, herbs as well as cold and flu remedies. Dietary supplements do not #cure diseases, but they can #help avoiding ...

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