New Lancet Countdown Policy Brief for Germany launched last week

The new Lancet Countdown shows that with a changing climate health risks are increasing globally. The Institute of Epidemiology at Helmholtz Zentrum München together with partners put forward four policy recommendations in the Lancet Countdown Policy Brief for Germany:

© The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change

1. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, implement "triple-win" policies which preserve the climate, protect public health, and promote economic sustainability;

2. Implement nutrition policies which promote and support healthy and sustainable diets;
3. Create environments that foster active transport and other forms of physical activity at all levels;
4. Leverage the enormous potential of cities to drive the required transformative changes towards sustainability.

For more information and the full documents (in German and in English) please visit: https://www.lancetcountdown.org/resources/

The 2020 Global Lancet Countdown Report can be downloaded here: https://www.lancetcountdown.org/

The Launch event can be viewed here: https://klimagesund.de/

Prof. Dr. Annette Peters interview: https://www.helmholtz-klima.de/en/aktuelles/healthy-lifestyle-also-good-climatehttps://www.helmholtz-klima.de/en/aktuelles/healthy-lifestyle-also-good-climate

Comment by Prof. Dr. Annette Peters and Dr. Alexandra Schneider in Nature Reviews Cardiology: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41569-020-00473-5

This year's Lancet Countdown policy brief for Germany follows last years' policy brief - (same link under https://www.lancetcountdown.org/resources/ select 2019)

Further materials: https://www.klimawandel-gesundheit.de/hitze-informationen/

Prof. Dr. Annette Peters
Institute of Epidemiology
Helmholtz Zentrum München - Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
Ingolstädter Landstr. 1
D-85764 Neuherberg
phone: +49 89 3187-4566

As German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München pursues the goal of developing personalized medical approaches for the prevention and therapy of major common diseases such as diabetes mellitus, allergies and lung diseases. To achieve this, it investigates the interaction of genetics, environmental factors and lifestyle. The Helmholtz Zentrum München has about 2,300 staff members and is headquartered in Neuherberg in the north of Munich. Helmholtz Zentrum München is a member of the Helmholtz Association, a community of 19 scientific-technical and medical-biological research centers with a total of about 37,000 staff members.

The  Institute of Epidemiology (EPI) assesses genetic, environmental and lifestyle risk factors which jointly determine the occurrence of major chronic diseases. The focus is on the development and progression of metabolic, respiratory and allergic diseases, as well as heart diseases and mental health. The goal is to understand the molecular underpinning of disease better and to translate this knowledge into personalized approaches of prevention as well as polices to improve health. Research builds on the unique resources of the KORA cohort, the KORA myocardial infarction registry, and the KORA aerosol measurement station. Aging-related phenotypes have been added to the KORA research portfolio within the frame of the Research Consortium KORA-Age. Moreover, the institute makes use of the birth cohorts GINI and LISA. It plays a leading role in the planning and setting up of the German National Cohort and builds the NAKO biorepository.