Davos meeting highlights link between nutrition, health and development

"While the headlines out of the World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings in Davos primarily focus on getting (or keeping) the global economy on track, it's a welcome development when nutrition and health information also rise to the top of the priorities list, reminding world leaders of the inextricable link between nutrition, health and well-being of the people on our planet and that of our global economy," Klaus Kraemer, director of Sight and Life, a not-for-profit nutrition think tank, writes in GlobalPost's "Global Pulse" blog.

"This year in Davos, several events came together in a 'day of nutrition and food security,' highlighting the potential impact that improved nutrition for mothers and children could have on a family's future, and on the future of nations," he continues, adding, "By improving maternal and child nutrition, we have an opportunity to create sustainable change in the lives of millions of people by bolstering efforts to advance both health and development." He concludes, "At Davos, we were challenged to think innovatively of how to 'Shape New Models' to help strengthen the economy. We can create stable, productive economies -- but we have to start with healthy, nourished people who can drive this progress" (2/13).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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