The Pacific Community, in close collaborations with Pacific Nutritionists, recently published the Pacific guidelines for healthy living to help provide guidance on healthy diets and lifestyle choices.
The Pacific guidelines for healthy living are designed to be culturally acceptable to all Pacific countries, based on current scientific evidence and relevant for the general healthy population. They emphasise a holistic approach to healthy living promotion by integrating diet (consumption of locally grown and produce foods), physical activity and other lifestyle factors such as tobacco smoking, excessive use of alcohol and betel nut chewing. The importance of addressing nutrition throughout the life course is also recognised with the recommendation on exclusive breastfeeding.
A handbook for the guidelines was also developed for Pacific health professionals and educators, as well as regional agencies to guide promotion of healthy living and the development of food and nutrition policies and programmes. Implementation of the guidelines will contribute towards achievement of national, regional and international health and nutrition goals and commitments.
The handbook provides the technical background for the guidelines as well as guidance on the appropriate and effective use of the Pacific guidelines for healthy living.
Link to the guideline handbook
Solène Bertrand-Protat, Non-Communicable Diseases Advisor, Public Health Division, SPC – [email protected]