REACT-COVID – Inquérito sobre alimentação e atividade física em contexto de contenção social. Lisboa: Direcção-Geral da Saúde, 2020. 15 pp.

Os portugueses praticaram menos actividade física e aumentaram o consumo de snacks doces, frutas e hortícolas durante o período de confinamento no âmbito da pandemia de COVID-19. Estas são algumas das conclusões do Inquérito Nacional sobre os comportamentos alimentares e de atividade física durante o período de confinamento social, realizado pela Direção-Geral da Saúde, em parceria com o Laboratório de Comportamentos de Saúde Ambiental do Instituto de Saúde Ambiental da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa





Santos RR, Virgolino A, Santos O, Costa J, Evans D, Mulcahy M, Murray C, Sepai O, Ubong D, Carr K, Vicente JL, Uhl M, Tripolt T, Report of the citizens’ focus groups. Additional Deliverable Report AD4.1. WP4 Prioritisation and input to the annual workplan. HBM4EU. November, 2019. 105 pp.

“As part of the European Human Biomonitoring Initiative in Europe (HBM4EU), a joint effort of 28 countries, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission, an exploratory activity using focus groups linked with T4.1, was undertaken in 2018. Its aim was to gain information on the interests, needs, and questions of European citizens with regard to exposure to chemicals in their daily lives and opinions about possible future actions on Human Biomonitoring. The first focus group was conducted in Austria, in February 2018. Due to its relevancy (Outreach to European Citizens) in the prioritisation process at the time and the citizen’s input in public concern, the activity was extended into 2019.

The focus group activity in 2019 included the organisation of a workshop with citizens from different backgrounds and age groups, as well as the dissemination of an online survey in three countries of the HBM4EU consortium: Portugal, Ireland and the United Kingdom.” 

AA VV. Nutr-HIA – Improving nutrition labelling in Portugal / Health Impact Assessment – Final Report. Lisboa: Direção-Geral da Saúde, 2019. ISBN 978-972-675-293-6

“Scientific evidence shows that mandatory nutrition declaration can be difficult to understand by consumers. According to a previous study conducted in the Portuguese population, 40% of Portuguese consumers did not understand the nutrition information presented on food labels. To face this misunderstanding, severalcountries have implemented consumer-friendly front-of-pack nutrition labelling based on the scientific evi- dence available for their national contexts. The use of interpretative front-of-pack nutrition labels (FOP-NL) is considered one of the best options to promote healthy food choices and consequently to prevent and control non-communicable diseases.

In Portugal, a Government-endorsed policy on interpretative nutrition labelling is not yet implemented. However, several national economic operators from the food sector are already using different FOP-NL. The coexistence of multiple nutrition labelling systems in food products in Portugal in an unregulated way can benot favorable for the consumer understanding and, the FOP-NL systems used by the different food industry operators can not be the most adapted for the Portuguese consumers.

Thus, there is a need to evaluate the impact of different FOP-NL in terms of their contribution to promote better informed food choices and promote healthy food habits. The final goal is to provide scientific evidence that could support a set of evidence-based recommendations that can be used by policymakers’ decision concerning the implementation of a proper approach on nutrition labelling.”