Help address health challenges at every stage of life
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WHY IT MATTERS
There’s a broad scientific consensus that nutrition plays a crucial role in children’s physical development and learning abilities. And that poor nutrition can have irreversible impacts: 155 million children under the age of 5 show stunting1. According to The World Health Organization (WHO) and national public health authorities, growing up strong starts with a healthy, balanced, nutrient-rich diet for mothers-to-be. The WHO recommends that infants are exclusively breastfed for six months, with timely introduction of complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for up to two years of age or beyond.
1 World Health Organization, Malnutrition factsheet, 1 April 2020
By 2050, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years old will almost double, from 12% in 2015 to 22%2. This increase in life expectancy in almost every country in the world poses a new challenge, not only for older people and their families, but for society as a whole. Everyone wants to remain healthy as they age, and a growing body of scientific research confirms that a healthy lifestyle and a diet tailored to seniors’ nutritional needs can contribute to this. Aging well means enjoying this period of life to the fullest in a supportive environment.
2 World Health Organization, Ageing and Health, 5 February 2018
Water is even more critical to the human body than food: we can survive several weeks without eating, but no more than three days without drinking. Yet one in three people worldwide have no access to safe drinking water3, which makes them vulnerable to deadly diseases, with children suffering most. And while everyone agrees that healthy hydration is important, health authorities’ recommendations are rarely followed. Most people simply don’t drink enough water—and to make matters worse, consumption of sugary soft drinks continues to rise, particularly among children4. That in turn leads to overweight, obesity and increased risk of serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure4.
3 WHO/UNICEF, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene report, 12 July 2017
3 World Health Organization,Reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce the risk of childhood overweight and obesity
WHAT WE’RE DOING
A good start in life
At Danone we believe that providing specific nutrients during pregnancy and in the first years of life is essential to children’s physical and intellectual development—and can help protect them from disease later in life. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for infants, which is why we draw on years of scientific research and innovation as we develop our infant formulas to meet these nutritional needs. We also play an active role in educating young parents about the importance of nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life.
- We fully support the WHO’s position on the need to protect and promote breastfeeding as the best source of nutrition for infants.
- For parents who find that breastfeeding and breast milk are not always possible in their situation, we commit to providing information and support—whatever their choice.
Danone employees in 49 countries are covered by our global parental policy, which includes pre- and post-natal care and extended paid parental leave
Infant nutrition: Supporting new parents
Introducing babies to a future of food freedom
Danone is proud it is the first company not to advertise or promote infant formula for children aged 0-6 months, anywhere in the world, even if permitted by local laws
Even more organic options
Awakening a taste for good things
Nutrition & health as we age
At Danone we believe that nutrition is one solution to the challenges of aging—and that its role is currently underestimated. That’s why we’re working with the scientific and medical community to develop products designed specifically to support health as we age. When combined with a rich, varied diet, our products can help fill the nutrition gaps that may develop with aging, in particular for nutrients such as calcium, certain vitamins and proteins.
- Work with our partners in the scientific community to develop knowledge and conduct clinical studies on how nutrition impacts aging, with a special focus on the increasing frailty and loss of muscle mass and bone density in seniors.
- Develop innovative medical nutrition solutions to help older people with malnutrition or at risk of malnutrition regain mobility and independence.
FORTIFIT – Hero portfolio targeting fully active longevity
Load up on nutrients to maintain the best possible health
Supporting cancer patients with nutrition and more
Hunting for natural oligosaccharides
countries in 2020 where the YoPRO high-protein dairy brand is present compared to 2 in 2019
Healthy hydration for one and all
Our goal is to bring healthy hydration and access to potable water to as many people as possible, all around the world. The unique characteristics of our natural mineral waters are well known, including consistent, guaranteed mineral content, and they meet the different needs of consumers, whatever their age or lifestyle.
- Encourage people to follow official recommendations on daily water intake to avoid the negative impact of poor hydration, especially for pregnant or breastfeeding women and seniors.
- Facilitate access to safe drinking water by making a liter of water available to communities most in need in Asia, Africa and South America for each liter of water sold worldwide.