The “Nutrition & food safety and wholesomeness - Prevention, education and research network” - NOODLES – is a network of local organizations boosting a non‐communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention frame for the mitigation of infant morbidity and mortality, the improvement of healthy life and increase life expectancy. Noodles is committed to work to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Specific objective of NOODLES is the prevention/mitigation of toxic environmental exposures. Indeed, during the development from womb to childhood exposure to environmental factors does impact on the organism development programming, with major consequences on the risk for a variety of health disorders and NCDs in adult life, from infertility through to metabolic syndrome and cancer.
Main clusters of activities are:
- development of models for integration, investigation, and assessment of scientific advances from relevant sectors and disciplines to anticipate and prevent environmental adverse effects on health
- implementation of a one health framework, where protection of environment, farm animals and human well-being are linked and mutually support each other.
- boosting governance. Indeed, the study and identification of integrated feasible, effective and efficient prevention frames is necessary to translate multiple components from different sectors and disciplines in public health initiatives.
- boosting global health governance mechanisms by working locally but connecting globally.
The NOODLES network makes avail of the proactive role of local communities, north-south and south-south cooperation, and trans-disciplinarity.
Expected results are:
- the translation of scientific research to daily life (science-based risk management and decision making)
- the support to the emerging role of scientists in science-society dialogue
- the promotion of a movement on NCDs prevention (awareness/empowerment), also by giving impetus to the role of volunteers (e.g. students, citizens, associations of women, association of midwives) in creating a culture of primary prevention in both production and consumption of healthy products
- bridging the international scientific gap between countries that historically have had minimal scientific contact in the field of food safety, environmental health, and risk analysis.
- the extension of the field of international cooperation towards the (transgenerational and early in life) prevention of chronic multifactorial diseases.