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29 November 2018: Building Partnerships to Promote a Healthy Asia
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29 November 2018: Building Partnerships to Promote a Healthy Asia

With Asia facing a growing burden of malnutrition, increasing obesity rates, staggering prevalence of undernutrition, and micronutrient deficiencies in both rural and urban communities, this roundtable discussion seeks to showcase the importance of working collectively to implement country-level initiatives in response to the growing health challenges, encouraging healthier lifestyles in the community; beginning with young children who are “tomorrow’s agents for change.”

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Building Partnerships to Promote a Healthy Asia
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Building Partnerships to Promote a Healthy Asia

ARoFIIN in collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) gathered several global and regional leaders to address the importance of working collectively to implement country-level initiatives in response to the growing health challenges, encouraging healthier lifestyles in the community; beginning with young children who are “tomorrow’s agents for change.

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World Diabetes Day 2018
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World Diabetes Day 2018

World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on November 14. According to the International Diabetes Federation, over 425 million people are currently living with diabetes. Most of these cases are Type 2 diabetes, which can be managed by adopting a balanced diet and leading a healthy lifestyle.

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Tackling Obesity in Thailand with Industry Partnerships
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Tackling Obesity in Thailand with Industry Partnerships

Thailand faces the second highest obesity prevalence in Southeast Asia at 8.5 per cent, based on the recently launched “Tackling Obesity in ASEAN: Prevalence, impact, and guidance on interventions” report. Speaking with the Secretariat of the ARoFIIN, Associate Professor Dr Visith Chavasit, Director of the Institute of Nutrition at Mahidol University, discusses the issue of a rising obesity rate in Thailand, and the opportunities for public-private partnerships to tackle the problem.

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Positive Actions for A Healthier Asia at the 4th ARoFIIN Roundtable
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Positive Actions for A Healthier Asia at the 4th ARoFIIN Roundtable

The key ingredient to building a healthier, well-nourished and a more sustainable Asia, is simple yet complex – partnerships. For partnerships to be established and scaled, there is a need to establish a common agenda across agencies and to develop a sensitive approach that is localised and nutrition-specific to encourage the adoption of healthy lifestyles.

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Starting Young is Key in Tackling Obesity in Thailand and Indonesia
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Starting Young is Key in Tackling Obesity in Thailand and Indonesia

In June 2017, the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN), in collaboration with the Health Promotion Board (HPB) and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), launched a report titled “Tackling Obesity in ASEAN”, to guide policymakers, health organisations and the food & beverage industry in taking on the rising threat in the region.

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Tackling Obesity in ASEAN: Indonesia’s Healthy Eating Campaign
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Tackling Obesity in ASEAN: Indonesia’s Healthy Eating Campaign

Indonesia’s economic growth over the past three decades has produced a burgeoning middle class that is increasingly urbanised and sedentary. The prevalence of overweight/obesity is emerging in Indonesia, with 24.5% of its adult population overweight and 5.7% obese. On the other end of the spectrum, 37.2% of children under the age of five are stunted, which also increases the risks of developing NCDs when they are older.

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The Active Fight against Asia’s Growing Disease Burden
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The Active Fight against Asia’s Growing Disease Burden

Even as economies become increasingly affluent, and many can afford to feed their families with greater ability than in the past, there is a nagging worry that children will grow up to be less healthy than their parents. Today’s sedentary pursuits are displacing active lifestyles, and such physical inactivity has been a contributing factor to the growing health challenges around the world.

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Southeast Asia: Getting Fatter, Faster
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Southeast Asia: Getting Fatter, Faster

Obesity prevalence increased by 28 per cent on average in the ASEAN-6 in a four-year period under review, according to a report on obesity released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

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Impact at Scale: Innovation for the Next Generation of Nutrition
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Impact at Scale: Innovation for the Next Generation of Nutrition

Despite significant progress in recent decades, malnutrition is still a huge barrier to children’s health and development around the world. There is a demand and opportunity for food innovation for improved nutrition across global markets, including low- and middle-income ones, and the private sector has a critical role to play in innovating for affordable, accessible and appealing nutrition for all.

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Sufficient Food and Nutrition for Every Child: Innovation and Partnership in the Fight against Malnutrition
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Sufficient Food and Nutrition for Every Child: Innovation and Partnership in the Fight against Malnutrition

The fight against malnutrition requires vision, investments and tenacity, to improve the health of entire generations of malnourished children around the world. We need innovation and evidence-based research, through multi-stakeholder collaboration, to bring together the areas of food production, value chain management, policy-making and consumer behaviour, in order to maximise our efforts to tackle malnutrition and food insecurity.

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Increasing Healthy Behaviours around Schools in Asia
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Increasing Healthy Behaviours around Schools in Asia

Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition (ARoFIIN), together with the Health Promotion Board (HPB) and Save the Children, hosted a roundtable dialogue that gathered stakeholders from academia, civil society, industry and government, to address how various sectors can collaborate on initiatives that drive nutrition literacy, to build a supportive environment that promotes healthy lifestyles among children in Asia.

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