International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 68–77 | Cite as

The French National Nutrition and Health Program: 2001–2006–2010

  • Serge HercbergEmail author
  • Stacie Chat-Yung
  • Michel Chauliac
Original Article



Established in 2001–2005 then extended to 2010, the French National Nutrition and Health Program (PNNS) is a nutrition policy whose objective is to improve the health status of the population by acting on one of its major determinants, nutrition.


Nine priority objectives focusing on diet, physical activity and nutritional status were determined. Program strategies are based on fundamental principles including food culture, pleasure, and gastronomy. This multidisciplinary program involves stakeholders from ministries, research and educational institutions, food industry, healthcare, and consumers.


More than 75 % of the public health actions planned were accomplished or in progress by the end of 2005, particularly those concerning nutrition communication, education, research and nutritional surveillance. Dietary guidelines were established and are now considered the official reference in France. Actions focusing on the healthcare system, economic actors and players and specific population groups need further development.


The success of a public health program like the PNNS requires a combination of synergistic and complementary actions, measures, regulations and laws. A national study at the end of the PNNS will determine if objectives were achieved.


Nutrition policy Dietary intake Physical activity Nutrition communication Nutrition goals 


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© Birkhaeuser 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Serge Hercberg
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Stacie Chat-Yung
    • 1
  • Michel Chauliac
    • 4
  1. 1.Bobigny / Centre de Recherche en Nutrition Humaine – Ile-de-FranceUMR U557 INSERM, U1125 INRA, CNAM, SMBH Université Paris 13Bobigny CedexFrance
  2. 2.Département de Santé PubliqueHôpital AvicenneBobignyFrance
  3. 3.Chairman of the Steering Committee of the PNNSBobignyFrance
  4. 4.Direction Générale de la SantéFrench Ministry of HealthParisFrance

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