Oslo Youth for Healthy and Sustainable Diets – Towards a City Guide to a Planetary Health Diet
Oslo Youth for Healthy and Sustainable Diets will translate science from the EAT-Lancet Commission into accessible knowledge for youth and city-level action in Oslo, by conducting consultations and inviting local youth to share recommendations on how public spaces and school meals could be reconsidered, with health and sustainability in mind.
The project builds on methods developed in EAT’s Shifting Urban Diets project, which was piloted in Copenhagen and resulted in a set of three approaches to progress towards a Planetary Health Diet. Testing some of these methods in Oslo is an important step towards scaling to a wider range of cities – which EAT aims to do by developing a publicly available action toolkit, informed by this project.
To enhance understanding of healthy and sustainable food, and equip residents to change eating habits, the project will hold consultation activities with Oslo youth aged 16-19, addressing:
- how physical surroundings (‘food environments’) influence food consumption behavior, and
- how to develop tasty, healthy, and sustainable school meals.
The activities will use a dialogue tool for young people and relevant adults working on these topics, to discuss how they interact with food in their daily lives and to co-develop recommendations for healthy food environments and school meals.
The co-created recommendations will be presented to Oslo Municipality as guidance to support the city’s food-related goals, as part of their school meals program and actions to achieve the C40 Good Food Cities Declaration (committing to providing a Planetary Health Diet for all by 2030).
The project activities will include:
- Introduction to a Planetary Health Diet & consultation on school meals
- Overview of the EAT-Lancet report and Planetary Health Diet
- Co-create recommendations for appealing Planetary Health Diet school meals
- Photovoice-inspired exercise
- Take photos to document local food environments: where and how you interact with food (grocery stores, cafes or restaurants in your neighborhood, school, clubs, home, etc.)
- Consultation on food environments
- Debrief on the Photovoice-inspired exercise
- Co-create recommendations for healthy food environment interventions
- Youth present a summary of recommendations to Oslo Municipality
What happens next?
This project is the first phase of a new EAT initiative, City Guide to a Planetary Health Diet – a three-year plan to build an action toolkit of approaches to shift urban food consumption behavior and build healthy food environments.
The City Guide project will test and verify methods that contribute to making healthy and sustainable food the default option for city dwellers. The project will develop a practical and adaptable toolkit to implement these methods in a range of city contexts. The toolkit will be for actors shaping urban food systems (municipalities, urban planners and designers, community organizations, food service professionals and chefs, food retail outlets), to help shift food consumption behavior around the world.
With tested tools to measure climate impact and implement interventions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve diet, the City Guide project can empower urban food practitioners to achieve commitments such as the C40 Good Food Cities Declaration and make progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement – using food systems change to address some of society’s most pressing challenges.
This project falls under EAT Cities work, one of EAT’s four strategic programs: 1) Solidify knowledge; 2) Driving Dietary Shifts Globally and Nationally; 3) Food Economics and Finance; and 4) Cities and Urban Diets (where cities projects are grounded).
Read more on EAT’s work with cities and urban food systems in the EAT Cities framework.
This project is supported by the Research Council of Norway.