Regional Consultation on Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for countries in the Asia Region
Appropriate dietary information and messages remain a major tool for the promotion and protection of the health and nutrition of all population groups while also serving as an important primary preventive measure against chronic diseases across all age groups. In this regard, food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs) provide the necessary information and knowledge in an easy-to-understand and population-friendly manner with the possibility of influencing changes in dietary behaviours. The Regional Consultation on Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for countries in the Asia Region, held in New Delhi, India, from 6 to 9 December, 2010, was attended by 16 Member States. It discussed the existing food-based dietary guidelines, explored the development of a set of core dietary messages to be adapted to the local conditions by Member States, and addressed the framework for dissemination, implementation and evaluation of these messages.