Since 2017, the municipal well being division has been working with the Partnership for Wholesome Cities on methods to enhance the supply of wholesome meals for residents. Most notably this included
restrictions on salt consumption. In 2018 town issued a brand new decree requiring eating places in Montevideo to have no less than 10 p.c of their menu include meals objects with no added salt.
A nutritious diet helps to guard in opposition to malnutrition in all types, in addition to noncommunicable illnesses (NCDs), together with diabetes, coronary heart illness, stroke and most cancers.1 But in lots of international locations, a scarcity of entry to wholesome meals choices, altering
existence, fast urbanization and elevated manufacturing of processed meals can create environments the place it’s laborious to have a nutritious diet. Many individuals now eat extra meals excessive in vitality, fat, free sugars and salt/sodium, which may enhance
their threat of well being issues, and don’t eat sufficient fruit, greens and different dietary fibre akin to entire grains.
In Uruguay, NCDs accounted for 85% of deaths in 2016.2 Town of Montevideo has a protracted historical past of pursuing wholesome meals insurance policies, reflecting a nationwide dedication to selling more healthy diets. The nation has a number of insurance policies in place to
promote more healthy diets, together with a nationwide goal for sodium consumption, however progress has been blended. In recent times there has additionally been a noticeable enhance within the consumption of ultra-processed meals with excessive ranges of energy, fat, sugar and
Following the profitable introduction of the 2018 decree for much less salt on restaurant menus, metropolis authorities have been working to strengthen the availability of more healthy meals by way of different means. On 30 June, 2022, Montevideo
launched a decree stipulating new vitamin requirements for meals and drinks served and offered within the metropolis’s 48 public establishments and hospitals.3 The decree consists of restrictions on the sale of unhealthy meals, akin to bans on
promoting of ultra-processed meals.
To assist implementation of the brand new requirements and encourage compliance, town included incentives for the establishments concerned. These embody a type of tax reduction: establishments that adjust to the requirements is not going to be required to pay the ‘tasa bromatológica’ that has been required by town since 2007.
4 Office distributors can even win “Wholesome Canteen” standing in the event that they take sure steps to make more healthy choices accessible to diners – a standing which signifies their dedication to defending individuals’s well being while guaranteeing they’re properly fed. To realize the designation of a wholesome canteen, the establishment should meet a listing of necessities akin to a menu based mostly totally on pure or minimally processed meals, no promoting of unhealthy meals, and the availability of water dispensers which can be clearly seen and accessible for staff.
An accompanying communication marketing campaign has been launched to emphasise the significance of wholesome consuming within the office, and lift public consciousness of the brand new decree and availability of more healthy meals choices.
The workplaces coated by these requirements instantly make use of greater than 8,000 individuals and serve many hundreds extra. It’s hoped that the brand new requirements will advance town’s intention of creating “the healthiest choice the best choice”
for its practically 1.7 million residents.6
For extra info on Montevideo’s work to advertise wholesome canteens, please go to: https://montevideo.gub.uy/areas-tematicas/salud/cantinas-saludables