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Make Mothers Matter would like to communicate an important message regarding obesity prevention considering the 14th of November is #WorldDiabetesDay.

The results of a research conducted in the framework of a European project DORIAN showed that obesity during pregnancy has a negative impact on the health of children throughout their lives, greatly increasing the likelihood that the child develops cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and type 2 diabetes in adulthood. In addition, significant weight gain in pregnancy associated with poor mental health of the mother, can slow fetal growth and increase mental disorders of children in adulthood.

That is why MMM, who was a partner in this project, would like to recall the importance of food choices for children and for mothers especially when pregnancy is planned. Here you will find tips for healthy diet for adults and children.

Make Mothers Matter wants to inform especially mothers because they are often the ones who are at the origin of food choices for their children. The involvement of mothers is essential in these daily choices. Establishing good eating habits is important for everyone’s health. Here is a video that MMM has made on the subject.

Let’s fight together against the epidemic of overweight and obesity that have a long-term impact on health!

MMM on acteursdesante.fr

The impact of maternal obesity

2015/10 News about the Directive on Maternity Leave

Here is some information about the campaign against the withdrawal of the proposal to review the Directive on Maternity Leave, where MMM took an active part. 

The European Commission finally decided in July 2015 to withdraw this proposal on maternity leave. But because of the campaign, we were able to obtain from the Commission a commitment to present in 2016 a new initiative reconciling work and family life. 

 So, the Commission has just released a new roadmap (first step before legislating) aiming at allowing parents or workers with dependent family members, to better balance care work and work responsibilities by modernizing the existing legislative framework to better adapt it.

Make Mothers Matter wants to include in the new initiative the "right to request": the right for workers to request the employer to adapt their working conditions. The employer is obliged to duly consider the request and any reject has to be motivated by reasons specifically listed in the law. This initiative, adopted in 2003 in the UK for parents of children under 17 or those caring for an adult, was extended in 2014 to all employees, due to its success. 
For more information: www.gov.uk/flexible-working 

MMM keeps working to better reconcile work and family life, as suggested by the 12.000 mothers who answered the survey conducted in 2011 by the European Delegation of MMM. 

2015/ 09 Consultation on working time directive

The European Delegation of Make Mothers Matter participated in a public consultation organised by the European Commission on the revision of the Working Time Directive.
Our main message:
  • The current directive does not allow workers the right to reconcile work and family life
  • At present, they only have limited possibilities to ask for flexible working arrangements.
MMM indicated teleworking, flexitime and other performance based working schemes should be promoted. Moreover we asked that employees should have a right to ask for a reduction of their working hours and the employer should duly consider it. Currently, flexible working time schedules are rather widespread in the north and west of Europe and very limited in the East and South. According to the latest OSHA and Eurofound report on psychosocial risks in Europe, 25% of workers experience, work-related stress and a similar proportion reports that work negatively affects their health.

MMM Response to the EU Consultation working time directive

2015/05 OPRICHTING VAN MMM Belgium

Is dit niet het mooiste geschenk voor alle mama’s
Gelukkige moederdag aan alle mama’s!

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Dorian Project: Impact of obesity during pregnancy

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