Action 2.3, Promote a healthy diet
Action area: 2.3 Promote a healthy diet.
Develop and implement a national salt reduction strategy by adapting WHO templates
Develop national salt reduction strategy and advocate recommended salt consumption
Obligate appropriate industries/food processors to reduce amount of salt and sugar in their products through appropriate guidelines (based on the national salt reduction strategy)
Conduct salt content analysis and identify a list of top 10 priority imported products with high salt and trans fat content
Promote the industries/food processors to reduce salt, saturated fat and sugars in processed products through awareness activities
Restrict import/retail of identified top unhealthy products with high salt and trans fats
Develop regulations and fiscal policies such as taxes and subsidies to promote consumption of fruits and vegetables and discourage consumption of unhealthy food options.
Encourage growth of fruits in local farms and increase the supply of fruits for year round through agricultural policy reforms.
Develop incentive measures to influence local community groups to produce more fruits and vegetables.
Monitoring of local vegetable and fruit consumption by Department of agricultural marketing division
Carry out public campaigns through mass media and social media to inform consumers about a healthy diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fat, sugar and salt
Advocacy and awareness on nutrition including promotion of healthy diet
Establish and promote guidelines that support exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, continued breast feeding until two years and beyond, and timely complementary feeding.
Liaise with relevant MoH departments and other stakeholders (women’s groups) to ensure that breast feeding guidelines are promoted.
Breast feeding promotion inter-sectorial forums.
Growth monitoring for children under 5 years of age
Establish guidelines for nutritional labeling for all pre-packaged foods with the input from relevant stakeholders.
Develop nutritional labeling guidelines and include requirement for trans fats and other unhealthy ingredients in the food products
Strengthen monitoring and enforcement of mandatory food labeling, contents and safety practices through registration and licensing of food business
Strengthen collaboration between BAFRA and Public Health Laboratory of the MoH in food safety promotion and evidence building
Institute a coordination team of PHL and BAFRA and identify priority areas of collaboration for strengthening food safety
Publish joint food safety reports for public dissemination ( Refer to 18.104.22.168)
Develop national guidelines for school feeding based on the Bhutan 2011 Food Based Dietary Guidelines aimed at improving the diet of school-aged children.
Develop recommendations and guidelines for school feeding.
Promote school based organic farming in schools
BMI monitoring in school and equipment for measuring BMI in schools