Obesity Prevention and Control Program of Turkey 2010-2014

With great pleasure I would like to inform you all that the Obesity Prevention and Control Program of Turkey 2010-2014 published, in Turkish and in English!

Turkish Society of Cardiology and 14 other medical specialization socities besides several universities, municipalities and institutions of manufacturers such as Union of Food Industry Employers and Federation of Food and Beverage Industry Associations provided input for the program prepared under energetic initiative of the Ministry of Health.

The European Charter on Counteracting Obesity was signed on November 15-17, 2006 in Istanbul, during the WHO European Ministerial Conference on Counteracting Obesity.

After thanking to “all governmental institutions and organizations, private sector, professional associations, representatives of the NGOs who contribute to the preparation of this control program with their knowledge and experience; to the worthy scientists who support this program” the Minister Prof. Dr. R. Akdag’s last sentence in his Preface to the published program is “I believe that this prevention program which is going to be implemented together with the contribution of our public will reach the determined targets.”

The English version of the Program is reachable from the link.

This is one of the major issues in our “National Heart Health Policy” and the Prevention and Control Program for Cardiovascular Diseases that was published in 2008, as well as being in total compliance with the EuroHeart Health Project. Our Society is going to accentuate the obesity issue in its 26th National Cardiology Congress and its public awareness activities. The first planned popular program will be held in May 14-21 due to the World Hypertension Day.

Best regards.

Prof. Dr. Cetin Erol, FESC, FACC