The Wife of the President, Elizabeta Gjorgievska, addressed the event “Political Dialogue on Obesity in the Western Balkans” held in Skopje, organized by the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Addressing the audience, the President’s Wife stressed that tackling obesity is an issue for almost every country today, and when addressing this issue we need to focus on whether we talk enough and raise public awareness of consumer habits and life or not, on the access to health care, level of education, food production patterns, etc.
“At the same time, we need to take responsibility for how much we invest in future generations, how much we work with children and young people to have healthy eating habits, to play sports, to volunteer, to be in solidarity and socialize, and finally, how much as a society we give them a chance to practice lifestyles that promote health”, Gjorgievska said.
Welcoming the initiative of the World Health Organization for political dialogue of key stakeholders in the health sector in the Western Balkans, Gjorgievska said that it is a good opportunity to create a common approach based on cross-sectoral cooperation with health authorities, to raise public awareness, strategy and partnership between the state, parents, education and civil society and added that it will contribute to promoting a healthy lifestyle, healthy and moderate nutrition for children and as much time outside as possible, as little as possible time spent on TVs, computers, tablets, and smartphones.
“Only in this way will we build healthy generations that are key to a sustainable future”, the President’s Wife said.
The event was addressed by the Minister of Health, Bekim Sali, as well as representatives of the World Health Organization.