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Winds of change:
towards new ways of improving public health in Europe

Ljubljana, Slovenia
28 November - 1 December 2018


Austria Center Vienna (ACV)


Pricing of food: can we use this to promote healthy nutrition?


Organised by

EUPHA section on Food and nutrition



Chairpersons: Natalie Rangelov and Enni Mertanen, both Vice-Presidents of the EUPHA Section on Food and Nutrition

13:30 Welcome and introduction

13:50 The impact of food tax in different socioeconomic status

Éva Martos, President of the Hungarian Society of Sports Medicine, Hungary

14:10 Regulation of food pricing to promote healthier nutrition

Anthia Zammit, AZ Legal, Malta, United States

14:30  Effects of food taxation on obesity and other health outcomes – results of three Cochrane reviews

Stefan Lhachimi, Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology, Germany

14:50 Coffee/tea break

15:20 Public health initiatives to modify the nutritional quality of foods and food intake in France

Chantal Julia, Université Paris, France

15:40 Sustainable foods and better health: a topic for food price strategies?

Elisabeth Temme, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands

16:00 General discussion, taking account of all presentations and topics raised throughout the day

17:00 Closing of the pre-conference



Consumers’ choice of food consumption and nutrition behaviour are influenced by multiple factors, including food availability, and food price. In order to promote and encourage healthy food consumption, some countries have legislated to enable them to influence the price of certain foods, e.g. through the introduction of taxes and subsidies aiming to improve populations’ eating behaviours.

This pre-conference therefore aims to reflect upon these issues by focusing on regulation and food pricing for public health purposes, including both subsidies and taxes. 
The primary objectives are to:

  1. Examine and share experiences about the effects of food pricing on health and health equality in Europe;
  2. Discuss the food pricing strategies to promote healthy nutrition; and
  3. Discuss and explore future strategies for regulation and policies to influence food pricing.

The presentations will explore the effects of food pricing on healthy nutrition and obesity prevalence rates, and on health equalities and inequalities.


Registration fee

The registration fee is € 70 which includes buffet lunch and refreshments.