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100 Healthy Years - Are Kids Prepared?
DARMSTADT, Germany, May 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/

    - Merck Consumer Health's Annual Debate: global expert discussion on how 
      to prepare children to live 100 healthy years 
    - Global study of the Economist Intelligence Unit: today's children will 
      be less healthy than today's adults over 65 when they reach that age 
    - Better co-ordination on all levels required in making children aware of
      the link between their lifestyle and their health in later life 

    Merck, a leading science and technology company, convened experts from 
diverse reputable organizations such as UN, UNICEF, UNAIDS, World Obesity 
Federation and McKinsey at the company's headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany, to 
debate relevant questions such as: What are the most urgent threats to our 
children's long-term health? What can be done both inside and outside the 
classroom? And how do schools, parents and communities share responsibility?

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    As global life expectancy continues to increase, World Health Organization 
statistics show that the children of today are likely to be the first to live 
100 years. But living 100 healthy years - with vitality and mobility - and the 
challenge of equipping children to do so, was the subject of yesterday's second 
annual 'Global Consumer Health Debate'.

    Uta Kemmerich-Keil, CEO and President of the Consumer Health business of 
Merck commented: "One thing is for certain: the earlier we start working with 
kids on how to look after themselves, the better the long-term impacts. If this 
debate helped strengthen the health education for my own kids here in Germany, 
as much as children from Brazil to India, then we are getting better at 
building a global future of healthy adults, able to enjoy a long life to the 

    The event released the findings of the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) 
white paper: "Kids and Old Age". This worldwide study describes the current 
landscape: What according to parents, educators, policy makers, research 
institutions, and development actors can be done to better prepare kids for a 
long and healthy life? Key findings include:

    - Today's children will be less healthy than today's adults over 65 when
      they reach that age.
    - Lifestyle-related problems are likely to contribute to chronic disease 
      in later life and are already causing health problems among children.
    - Across the five countries surveyed, schools are targeting the main 
      perceived problems, such as lack of exercise, but are ignoring mental 
      health issues.
    - There is little evidence that such school education programmes are 
      managing to stem rising rates of obesity and mental disorders.
    By bringing many actors together, the debate 'joined the dots' between all 
those responsible for children's health and well-being, and created consensus 
around collaborative thinking and common goals.

    However this debate - and the diversity of actors and opinions - 
highlighted how our childhood lessons are drawn from far beyond our homes and 
schools, such as community efforts and policy-level support. The key message is 
that by working together on complementary efforts that our kids will be better 
equipped to become tomorrow's healthy adults and elderly.

    The international panels included voices as diverse as government 
representatives of South Africa (Ministry of Basic Education), UN 
representatives of education, children's and health priorities (UNICEF, Every 
Woman for Every Child/UN, UNAIDS), Brazilian and Indian community-based 
organizations (Inmed Brazil, Smile Foundation) having huge impacts on the 
ground, business consultants to the health industry (McKinsey), and the World 
Obesity Federation.

    The event marked an important milestone in Merck Consumer Health's journey 
to "Prepare society for a new era of humans living 100 healthy years". This 
business purpose is at the heart of Merck Consumer Health's WE100® movement, 
aimed at raising awareness of healthy living, for people of all ages. While the 
report and the debate helped to focus the global conversation, it seems to be 
even more crucial to create and take action. WE100 is Merck's commitment to do 

    Note for editors: 

    The Global Consumer Health Debate entitled "100 Healthy Years: Are Kids 
Prepared?" took place in Darmstadt, Germany, on Thursday, 18 May 2017.
Further information, including the EIU study, are available at

    The global reach of the EIU study drew participants from the following 
countries: Brazil, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
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about $ 1 billion. Consumer Health is a business of the Healthcare business 
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