Whole Grains: A Game Changer and Planet Health

Can the Slovenian experience inspire Europe to adress its leading dieatary risk factor?

(9 th November 2021)

The Slovenian project partner, CCIS-Chamber of Agricultural and Food Enterprises together with the Whole Grain Inititative organized virtual policy roundtable where high-level speakers, including policymakers, academics, healthcare professionals and patient representatives discussed whole grains as a key component of healthy and sustainable diets, and how policy initiatives, underpinned by rigorous science, can help to increase the alarmingly low levels of whole grain intake in Europe.

As the event was organized during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU it also focused on the Slovenian experience in driving decisive action to address this public health issue across other EU Member States.

Video record is avaliable HERE.

Slides are avaliable here:

Healthy people and sustainable food systems are at the heart of the European Green Deal: The role of sustainable nutrition

Christine Müller, Policy Officer, DG Climate Action, European Commission

Whole grains: a public health priority

Caroline Sluyter, Board Member, Whole Grain Initiative and Program Director, Oldways Whole Grains Council


Whole grain products promotion from the Slovenian perspective

Ana Le Marechal Kolar, Director General, Food and Fisheries Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food


Consumption of whole grains among Slovenian consumers

Urška Blaznik, PhD, Slovenian National Institute of Public Health


Whole grain products – the Slovenian partnership

Tatjana Zagorc, PhD, Director, CCIS-CAFE


Policies to stimulate whole grain intake

Ioanna Bakogianni, PhD, Project Officer at the Health in Society Unit of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission


Whole grains and front-of-pack nutrition labelling: an opportunity to increase whole grain intakes?

Roberto Volpe, MD, PhD, European Heart Network (EHN); Researcher at the National Research Council of Italy and Italian Society for Cardiovascular Prevention (SIPREC)


Inclusion of whole grains as part of sustainable and healthy diets

Giuseppe Grosso, MD, PhD, European Public Health Association





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