Posted: Friday, June 9, 2023. 8:49 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: On June 8, 2023, the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) launched the National Nutrition Policy.
In an era marked by increasing rates of chronic diseases and nutritional imbalances, the Ministry of Health and Wellness says that it recognizes the urgent need for a comprehensive approach to nutrition.
The Ministry noted that Belize has a population with over 60% prevalence of overweight and 30% obesity.
This can lead to an increase in chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
One of this policy’s objectives is to increase awareness and promote healthy eating to address malnutrition and to prevent complications secondary to non-communicable diseases.
The Nutrition Unit supports regional and international mandates, such as the Front of Package Warning Label, the Code for Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes, the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, Wellness Week, school feeding programs, and food fortification.
Most recently, the Government of Belize approved a healthy food policy and a ban on sugar-sweetened beverages in schools. These initiatives aim to promote health and wellness.
“The intersectoral participation integrated within the policy will ensure that specific strategic lines of action are aligned with national plans and geared towards improving the food and nutrition security of Belize’s population. This policy represents a significant milestone in the ministry’s commitment to promoting public good,” the Ministry stated.
The Ministry said that the implementation of the National Nutrition Policy highlights the commitment to improve health and prevent illness to ensure a healthier population and country.
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