The Mexican National Strategy on the Prevention and Control of Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes was presented on the Occasion of International Self-Care Day
29 July 2014
On International Self-Care Day 2014, Mexican Minister of Health Dr Mercedes Juan-López held a special event to present the Mexican Strategies for the Prevention and Control of Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes for 31 federal states and the Federal District. These strategies aim at building a healthier Mexico and are aligned with the Government’s National Strategy, launched in October 2013, whose objective is to create a more prosperous and inclusive society. A number of important measures which aim at facilitating healthier lifestyles, better nutrition, and greater levels of physical activity among the general population have already been taken. Among the measures taken, Dr Juan-López mentioned for example a media campaign to promote physical activity, the development of a comprehensive care model in Primary Care, regulations aimed at controlling the consumption of unhealthy foods, etc. A Mexican Center for Noncommunicable Diseases has also been established in order to assess the impact of all the measures implemented. The National Strategy, based on three pillars (Public Health, Medical Attention, and Fiscal and Regulatory Policies) seeks to reduce the increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity in order to reverse the chronic non-communicable diseases epidemic, in particular Diabetes Mellitus. In Mexico, according to the Health and Nutrition National Survey, about 70% of adults and 30% of children are overweight or obese and 9.2% have diabetes.
International Self-Care Day, more often referred to as “ISD”, is celebrated on 24 July (24/7) and is an opportunity to promote the benefits of self-care for the individual and for society. In her speech, Dr Mercedes Juan-López stated that the National Strategy promotes the establishment of a national policy aimed at encouraging significant changes in lifestyle, the adoption of healthy diet regimes and greater physical activity among the general population. “If we are not fully convinced of the importance of behavioral changes in our diet regime and levels of physical activity, she said, nobody will do it for us; it is up to each one of us to look after our health”.
The event took place in Mexico City, in the presence of many government officials, including the WHO / PAHO Representative in Mexico.
The World Self-Medication Industry (WSMI), as the world federation representing manufacturers and distributors of nonprescription medicines and other self-care products worldwide, together with its member association in Mexico, La ‘Asociación de Fabricantes de Medicamentos de Libre Acceso’ (AFAMELA), are looking forward to a continued collaboration with the Mexican Ministry of Health in our area of expertise with the objective to build a healthier, more prosperous Mexico.
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