Campaigns and recommendations

The FOPH conducts information campaigns aimed at raising awareness of issues, for instance communicable diseases, smoking and alcohol consumption, handling of chemical products in everyday life, measles vaccination or organ donation, among people living in Switzerland.

01.05.2014

Advertising ban for tobacco and alcohol products protects public health

Lead article. Advertising persuades children and adolescents to take a positive view of alcohol and tobacco. It makes little difference whether or not the advertising message is aimed directly at them. Full-scale bans on advertising are politically controversial, but – if combined with other measures – they would afford better protection against the subtle influences and clever advertising strategies of tobacco and alcohol producers. In Switzerland, producers are subject to fewer restrictions than in other European countries. more

01.05.2014

Help for people who gamble excessively

Preventing addictive gambling. Addictive gambling, or gambling disorder, is a growing social problem. In Switzerland, about three percent of the population, i. e. some 250,000 people, are directly affected; if family members are included, then approximately one fifth of the inhabitants of our country suffer from the consequences of excessive gambling behaviour. The new Article 106 of the Swiss Constitution empowers the Swiss government to set up a comprehensive legal framework for regulating gambling – creating an opportunity for a key shift in prevention policy. But will the opportunity be grasped? more

01.05.2014

"Ne regrette rien!"

"LOVE LIFE" campaign 2014. As if inspired by Edith Piaf: just like the French chanson singer's great song, the new "LOVE LIFE" campaign comes across as passionate, authentic and life-affirming. more

01.03.2014

"Indulgence or addiction" at the Fumetto Comix Festival

Prevention partnership. What do we actually mean by indulgence? And when does indulgence become addiction – particularly in young people? To find this out and to launch a corresponding dialogue, the Federal Office of Public Health and Fumetto Comix Festival Lucerne have organised a competition on the topic of "Indulgence or addiction". more

01.11.2013

Don’t miss out – get your measles vaccine now

Measles campaign 2013−2015. hich has a slogan that translates as "Don’t miss out –get your measles vaccine now", calls on the public to have themselves immunised against measles. The main target group is adults under the age of 50. The aim is to eliminate measles from Switzerland by 2015. more

01.07.2013

Achieving a balanced diet with the interactive food pyramid

Online food pyramid. The Swiss food pyramid and the plate model show at a glance what a healthy, balanced diet for an adult looks like. These two established models can now be accessed online as interactive graphics. more

01.05.2013

"Break the chains" to reduce HIV infection

Gay community. Avoid all risk of infection in April and then take an HIV test in May with the partners with whom you usually have unprotected sex: this is the message of the "Break the Chains" campaign, which is being run this spring for the second time. The aim of the campaign is to break the chains of infection among men who have sex with men. more

01.03.2013

Little change on Switzerland's nutrition front

6th Swiss Nutrition Report. The typical inhabitant of Switzerland continues to eat too much sweet and salty food and too little fruit and vegetables, despite being aware of the most important recommendations on a healthy diet. Excessive bodyweight is still one of the country's most serious health problems. The availability of data on the nutritional status of the Swiss continues to be unsatisfactory. These are some of the findings of the 6th Swiss Nutrition Report, which, along with the Swiss Nutrition Policy 2013–2016, was unveiled by government minister Alain Berset, Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, on 22 January 2013. more

01.11.2012

Say it any way you like, but just say it

"LOVE LIFE" campaign 2012/13. On 12 October 2012, the Federal Office of Public Health and its partner organisations launched the 2012/13 "LOVE LIFE" campaign. Its aim is to create a climate that makes it easier for people to inform a sex partner that they have a sexually transmitted disease. more

01.11.2012

Eye-catching "Food Pyramid" attracted lots of visitors

FOPH stand at Comptoir Suisse. The 93rd Comptoir Suisse in Lausanne drew to a successful close on 23 September 2012, with no fewer than 185,000 people flocking to French-speaking Switzerland's annual autumn trade fair. Many of them made their way to the "Nutrition" hall and, more specifically, to the Federal Office of Public Health's stand. more