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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Health, education and social development advances in the implementation of legislation to promote healthy eating

The Minister of Health of the nation, Carla Vizotti, met yesterday at the headquarters of the National Health Department with his colleagues from Education, Jaime Perzic and Social Development, Juan Zabaleta, with the aim of establishing a joint strategy for the implementation of Article 11. 12 and 17 of Law 27,642 on the Promotion of Healthy Eating, and Law 26,657 on Mental Health.

“It seems very relevant to me that I am able to proceed in dialogue with the ministries on a fundamental issue such as healthy eating,” Minister Vizotti said, stressing that “this is an opportunity to address issues related to mental health legislation.” There is also an opportunity, such as listening spaces and teams training in schools and universities”.

For his part, Zabaleta stressed that “this work table allows us to find ways to consider the law on healthy eating, able to guarantee food security for the most vulnerable populations.”

In his turn, Perczyk also highlighted the articulation between the various ministries and “the importance of food education in the school environment based on a combination of pedagogical strategies for designing and promoting content related to food and nutrition related problems”. Thrown light on.

03-08-22 Meeting With Zabaleta And Perzike

The Secretary of Access to Health, Sandra Tirado, commented that “this expression that we are making with productive development, agriculture, PAHO, UNICEF, NGOs, and in this case with education and social development is essential for implementation.” of this law.”

Further, the official said that “although labeling is somewhat important, it is only a part of this initiative. For this reason the work of the Ministry of Education is essential to promote the development of healthy eating habits from early childhood, as well as social The involvement of the Ministry of Development is substantial because with its policies it reaches out to the vulnerable population.

In this sense, it was highlighted during the meeting that the fourth edition of the curriculum for teachers is expected to start from the platform of National Institute of Teacher Training (INFOD) in 2022, which has been done from 2020 and has already reached Already happened. More than 6,400 people with the aim of promoting continuous training in this subject established in Article 11 of the law.

With regard to the policy of a healthy school environment, national authorities reaffirmed the joint work between the National Health Portfolio, the Ministry of Education and the Federal Council of Education to expand the regulations so that, as indicated in paragraph 12 of Law 27,642, non-profit – Alcoholic foods and beverages that have at least a warning seal or precautionary legends may not be offered, marketed, advertised, promoted or sponsored in educational establishments of the national educational system.

From Social Development they said the method they would follow when contracting food and non-alcoholic beverages would be governed by the recommendations of the Food Guide for the Argentine Population (GAPA) and the Food Guide for the Child. Population (GAPI).

Similarly, he assured that in compliance with Article 17, priority would be given to those products which do not have warning stamps with respect to both donation and financing to the jurisdiction for the purchase of provisions for soup kitchens.

Law 27,642 for the Promotion of Healthy Eating, enacted in November 2021, aims to promote a healthy and adequate diet for the population through the implementation of labeling in front of warnings about the content of added sugars, total fat, saturated fat, calories and sodium. to guarantee. In packaged foods and non-alcoholic beverages.

Through these stamps and legends in the form of octagons and/or rectangles, consumers will have simple, clear and accurate information that allows them to choose and purchase with knowledge about the food product.

Based on Regulatory Decree No. 151/22, an adaptation program was established to comply with the Declaration of Frontal Labeling, the implementation of which will be gradual.

Subsequently, Law 26,657 on Mental Health was addressed and the importance of its treatment in the National Inter-Ministerial Commission on Mental Health and Addiction Policies (CONISMA) as well as actions expressed with ministries to move forward in federal strategy was emphasized. Approach to mental health.

“It is important to start with a training like Mikaela Law, so that all teams know the mental health law,” Vizotti stressed. Similarly, he raised the need to open listening spaces in schools and universities and move forward in field work related to training.

For her part, Edith Benedetti, Under Secretary for Management of Services and Institutions, explained that “it is very important to define the contributions and proposals of each ministry in relation to the response from mental health.” In this sense, he referred to the initiative that was proposed in conjunction with the Ministry of Education to bring health teams of the first level of school care closer to the schools, as well as to complete the adaptation of the undergraduate curriculum.

In the end, officials agreed to continue meetings and address issues in both the Federal Council for Health (COFESA) and the Federal Council for Education (CFE) to achieve national level compliance with the measures.

The meeting was also attended by Sonia Tarragona, Chief of Staff, Ministry of Health; Alejandro Collea, Secretary of Quality in Health; and the Chief of Staff of the Secretariat for Access to Health, Maximiliano Azqui. On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Andrea García, Secretary Educational Cooperation and Priority Affairs, was present.

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