Presentation of the Latin American Nutrition and Health Study (ELANS)

Presentation of ELANS to Government and Academy representatives
San José, Costa Rica
May 4, 2017
Barceló San José Palacio Hotel

The Latin American Nutrition and Health Study (ELANS) is a multicenter cross-sectional nutrition and health research of a nationally representative sample of urban populations in eight countries in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela). A standard study protocol was designed to evaluate the nutritional intake, physical activity levels and anthropometric measurements of 9,000 registered participants.

The study was based on a complex and multistage sample design and the sample was stratified by sex, age (15 to 65 years) and socioeconomic level. A small-scale pilot study was conducted in each country to test the procedures and tools.

The general objective of the project is to provide reliable and up-to-date data on the intake of beverages and food and physical activity and its association with the anthropometric profile of a representative sample of the urban population of eight Latin American countries, by region, socioeconomic status, age and gender; and with this to provide new scientific evidence for the analysis of the relationship between energy and nutrient intake, energy expenditure and anthropometric measurements.

In this way and jointly, the subsidiaries of ILSI in Latin America (Mexico, Mesoamerica, North-Andean, South-Andean, Brazil and Argentina) and the scientific commission of ELANS, have proposed to hold an event in order to facilitate an platform for the dissemination of scientific information contained in ELANS addressed to academics and government officials, allowing them to guide new research and decision making in public policy.

For this occasion, the participation of the 8 main investigators of ELANS will be counted.


Dr. Fernando LLorca Castro

Minister of Health, Costa Rica.

Presentation: Welcome words.

Dr. Irina Kovalskys, Chair of ELANS

Favaloro University, Argentina.

Dr. Mauro Fisberg. Chair of ELANS

Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Presentation: What is the Latin American Nutrition and Health Study (ELANS).?

Presentation: Nutritional and Physical Activity Situation in Latin America: What can ELANS contribute to Public Health? First results

Dr. Georgina Gómez. Co-Chair of ELANS

Costa Rica University.

Presentation: Evaluation of the impact of fortification with folic acid in Costa Rica: an example of what ELANS can give us.

Dr. Mauro Fisberg. Chair of ELANS

Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Presentation: Contributions from ELANS for the meeting between governments, industries and the scientific community.

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