This week we’re examining a new global program to reduce trans fats in diets — thereby helping employees and people generally address obesity and chronic diseases.
The World Health Organization plan is called REPLACE and aims to “eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from global food supply.” It’s a step-by-step guide for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply.
For well-run workplace wellness programs, the program can offer new approaches to engage and inform employees about trans fats and how reduce them in one’s diet.
The effort has worked in New York, which was one of the first locations to take on the challenge.
Said WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, Michael R. Bloomberg, a three-term mayor of New York City: “Banning trans fats in New York City helped reduce the number of heart attacks without changing the taste or cost of food, and eliminating their use around the world can save millions of lives. A comprehensive approach to tobacco control allowed us to make more progress globally over the last decade than almost anyone thought possible – now, a similar approach to trans fat can help us make that kind of progress against cardiovascular disease, another of the world’s leading causes of preventable death.”
Added WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: “The world is now embarking on the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, using it as a driver for improved access to healthy food and nutrition. WHO is also using this milestone to work with governments, the food industry, academia and civil society to make food systems healthier for future generations, including by eliminating industrially-produced trans fats.”
This WHO video explains “the REPLACE initiative to eliminate industrially produced trans fat by 2023 to reduce cardiovascular disease deaths, the world’s leading cause of death.”