Policy - Food and Nutrition Policy and Action Plan for Malta 2015-2020

End date:
Published by:
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, Parliamentary Secretariat for Health
Published year:
September 2014
Is the policy document adopted?:
Adopted year:
September 2014
Adopted by:
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, Parliamentary Secretariat for Health
Type of policy:
Comprehensive national nutrition policy, strategy or plan


Goals, objectives or targets related to nutrition: 

4.3.  Goals  

  1. To assist the Maltese population towards adopting a healthy dietary pattern across the lifecourse; 
  2. To encourage all government entities to place health in the consideration of all policies related to the production, marketing, sale, provision and choice of food;  
  3. To be responsive to the links with the social determinants of health and health inequalities and focus on the most vulnerable groups;  
  4. To implement dietary intake and nutritional status surveillance and monitoring of the population with a special focus on children;  
  5. To accelerate action in the field of obesity prevention and control by means of the implementation of the actions proposed in the Healthy Weight for Life Strategy, with a focus on children, comprehensive preventive and treatment approaches and intersectoral action under the leadership of the Ministry for Energy and Health.    


4.4.  Objectives  

  1. To promote healthy nutrition as the basis for healthy behaviours for the population of Malta; 
  2. To increase the vegetable and fruit intake in the population; 
  3. To reduce salt intake; 
  4. To reduce the consumption of foods high in saturated fats, trans-fats and sugars; 
  5. To address inequalities in food accessibility; 
  6. To halt and reverse the obesity trend in children, adults and older persons.


These identified five priority action areas were:   

  1. To increase the information about the food and nutrition action plan to all stakeholders; 
  2. To improve the availability and accessibility of drinking water in schools; 
  3. To increase the number of mothers that exclusively breastfeed up to six months; 
  4. To reduce the availability and intake of foods high in fat,  sugar, and salt in schools; 
  5. To develop a comprehensive surveillance and monitoring system on food consumption.

WHO 2nd Global Nutrition Policy Review 2016-2017

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