Brussels, 16 March 2015 – Today, the European Healthy Lifestyle Alliance (EHLA) has launched its new website: www.ehla-europe.eu. Through this online platform, EHLA wants to contribute to a healthier way of living in Europe. Citizens in Europe can and should change their lifestyle to prevent obesity and related chronic diseases, which threaten public health and society at large.
50% of Europeans are currently overweight, 20% are obese. More people die today from the consequences of obesity than from smoking. Obesity can lead to a variety of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseaeses. Besides, it will bear enormous costs on EU public budgets. This requires changes in lifestyle in 3 steps: If people would adopt better eating and drinking habits and move more, this ‘epidemic of the century’ can be reversed.
This calls for information, education and awareness raising. That is precisely what EHLA, supported by this new website, aims for. For the latest facts and figures, the site is aligned with the website of our international ‘umbrella’, the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR) : www.myhealthywaist.org. The EHLA website also contains concrete recommendations on what European citizens can do to change their behaviour and hence to reduce health risks.
Reversing the obesity trend is a joint effort. EHLA wants to reach out to governments, doctors, schools, to all parties involved. Changing lifestyle is a long-term but an essential challenge. www.ehla-europe.eu can hopefully be a milestone in alerting Europe and in implementing action. EHLA has recently launched a similar website in France (in French) : www.ehla-france.fr. The new websites integrate newsblogs and social media to keep all interested closely updated.
www.ehla.europe.eu  www.ehla-france.fr  www.myhealthywaist.org

*About EHLA :

The European Healthy Lifestyle Alliance (EHLA) – an initiative of the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR) – is an international non-profit association based in Brussels, Belgium. EHLA is scientifically based, multidisciplinary and independent. EHLA provides European decision-makers with scientific evidence on the impact of obesity, its related health risks and on the need for lifestyle changes. EHLA wants to formulate recommendations and to propose concrete actions on what the EU and its citizens can do, together with other stakeholders, to halt abdominal obesity.

Press and Media : for further information or questions, please contact : Mr. Wytze Russchen, Head of EHLA Brussels – Email: info@ehla-europe.eu – Tel.: +32 (0)2 237 65 25.


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