2019 Symposium: 28 November in Düsseldorf

AUGUST 2020 UPDATE: Meeting report published in the European Journal of Nutrition “Measuring health promotion: translating science into policy


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Presented as a complimentary event for Regulatory Officials, Codex Employees, Government Official Delegates and Academics (nominal fee for industry representatives and non-CRN-I members).

Thank you to our distinguished speakers and to our attendees.
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Roundtable on measuring health promotion:
Translating science into policy

From a public health standpoint, health promotion has been defined by WHO in 1986 as “the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve their health.” Since then, health promotion has emerged as a major topic of public health policy and top global priority by linking with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Rising NCD rates, nutritional inadequacy with energy excess and a rapidly aging global population have led to out of control healthcare costs and lower quality of life. Collectively, these have raised interest in health promotion as both a scientific and public health solution. While global public health entities and national governments have incorporated health promotion as part of their policy, it remains unclear exactly how to measure health promotion per se.

This year’s CRN-I symposium in Düsseldorf, Germany, will feature presentations from prominent experts with different perspectives, followed by a moderated “roundtable”-style discussion with the goal of moving towards alignment around the definition of health promotion as well as examples of outcome measures that are representative of the term. The group will also address potential scientific and policy implications, all of which will be captured in published proceedings of the event. Each presentation to focus on: Defining ‘Health Promotion’ and How to measure health-promoting endpoints via feasible outcome measures.


8:00 – 8:30

8:30 – 8:45
Welcome and framing the objective of the roundtable

Dr. James C. Griffiths
Council for Responsible Nutrition

Samet Serttas, MSc
Herbalife Nutrition

8:45 – 9:15
Definition of health promotion: WHO perspective; Health Literacy

Dr. Faten Ben Abdelaziz
WHO Dept of Health Promotion, Geneva, Switzerland

9:15 – 9:45
Credibility and Capability of Nutrition Sciences in the Perspectives of Health Promotion

Dr. Jan DeVries
Nutrition in Transition Foundation, Gorssel, Netherlands

9:45 – 10:15
Defining a Healthy Gut Microbiome: Lessons Learned from Nutrition

Dr. Michael McBurney
University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada

10:15 – 10:30    Break

10:30 – 11:00
Phenotypic flexibility and health promotion

Dr. Suzan Wopereis
Systems Biology, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Zeist, Netherlands

11:00 – 11:30
NCD Interventions that are Health Promoting

Dr. Temo Waqanivalu
WHO Department of Health Promotion, Geneva, Switzerland

11:30 – 12:15
Achieving alignment on health promotion definition, measurement and implications: Moderated panel discussion

12:15 – 12:30