Following the first six main Dutch cities (Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Veghel and Zwolle) joining the JOGG programme during 2010, the first half of this year, the second group of JOGG-towns started with 7 new municipalities (Tynaarlo, Borger-Odoorn, Meppel, IJsselstein, Delft, Leiden and Breda). The aim is that in 2015, 75 municipalities in the Netherlands will become active JOGG towns.
The Covenant on Healthy Weight is a unique collaboration of a total of 27 actors from (national and local) governments, industry and civil society organizations, which are collectively committed to fight against the rising trend of overweight and obesity. The main goals of the covenant are increasing awareness of health risks related to overweight and obesity and achieving an arrest in the evolution of overweight and obesity in children and adults.
INTERVIEW of JOGG's Ambassador
Paul Rosenmöller, ambassador of JOGG Programme, speaks about the objectives, specificities and next steps of this large-scale initiative launched in 2010 in the Netherlands to promote healthy weights in young people. As a former active member of the Dutch parliament, Paul ROSENMOLLER had the perfect background to mobilize the forces for the cause of childhood obesity prevention. Appointed as the chair of the Covenant on Overweight and Obesity by the Minister of Health in 2005, he now develops a programme called JOGG (meaning “Youth On Healthy Weight”), based on the EPODE methodology.
EPODE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK at IFIC Conference in New York
In the framework of the historic 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), the EPODE International Network is presented by Dr. Jean-Michel Borys during the morning panel of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation’s Global Diet and Physical Activity Communications Summit: “Insights to Motivate Healthful, Active Lifestyles”
THAO Healthy Summer Campus
On June 23rd, 2011 ‘special’ summer camps called ‘Campus Thao’ opened their doors to the children from 5 towns in Andalucia (Jerez de la Frontera, Barbate, La Línea de la Concepción, San Roque, Sanlúcar de Barrameda). These summer healthy camps for children aged 4 to 14 years old will last the entire summer and are from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Thao Foundation organizes them to promote healthier lifestyles through fun, physical activity and healthy and balanced diet.
Update on the last THAO season promoting fish consumption
The THAO central coordination has recently choosen to extend its communication campaign, shifting from one theme each six months to one per year. In this framework, the season “Blub, Blub, Blub Dive into a healthy sea!” was lauched in September 2010 and is focused on seafood consumption. In addition, the THAO programme has included early childhood in its target population, adapting the tools and launching a specific pilot programme in some towns. In this section, you will find information on the current season and the specific tools developed for this new target.
THAO Programme and its specifities
Rafael Casas, Scientific Coordinator of THAO Programme speaks about its specificities, achievements and expectations.
Rafael Casas is a medical doctor specialized in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic. He has a thirty years experience of qualitative research in the health care area, especially on food and physical activity habits. In 2005 he has been involved in the implementation of the EPODE methodology in Spain with the THAO Programme, officially launched in 2007 in 5 pilot towns.
PAIDEIATROFI Programme and its specificities
Helena Stamou, National Coordinator of PAIDEIATROFI, speaks about the programme and the challenges of its development.
PAIDEIATROFI comes from two wordplays between “PAIDI” and “PAIDEIA” meaning “child” and “education” and between “DIATROFI” and “TROFI” meaning “nutrition” and “food”. Adaptation of the EPODE methodology in Greece, the programme was launched in December 2008 with 5 pilot towns and currently 14 towns are implementing it locally. The first 4-year cycle of the programme will be completed in December 2012.
PAIDEIATROFI Focus: Actions in towns to promote vegetable consumption
The second semester of 2010 was dedicated to a theme aimed at promoting the everyday consumption of vegetables in all the towns involved in the PAIDEIATROFI programme. The local teams informed and mobilized the population around the multiple benefits of Vegetables through numerous innovative and entertaining activities. Let’s have a closer look at concrete actions on the field.
Feedback on the 2nd PAIDEIATROFI Annual Congress
The 2nd PAIDEIATROFI Annual Congress was completed successfully on Tuesday the 25th of January at the Maroussi Town Hall, one of the cities involved in the programme. The Congress aimed at presenting the activities of the programme over its second year of implementation in Greece, both at National and Local level. The complex issue of Childhood Obesity was analysed, while the very current topic of Economy and Nutrition was also explored.
Update on the last VIASANO campaigns promoting a better sleep and water consumption
Twice a year, VIASANO Central Coordination provides the communities with a new campaign focusing on a major specific theme. In this section get more information about the previous campaign promoting a better sleep and the current one promoting water consumption.
VIASANO Programme and its specificities
Mireille ROILLET, Central Coordinator of VIASANO, speaks about the programme and its specificities.
VIASANO has been launched in Belgium in 2007. From two pilot towns, we are now collaborating with seven towns throughout the country. Being implemented in a multicultural nation, VIASANO illustrates well the transferability and adaptability of the EPODE methodology.
VIASANO Campaigns on the Field
For each new campaign, the VIASANO Central Coordination team develops communication and action tools with the guidance of its independant scientific committee. These toolkits, provided to each local project manager, help to generate dynamics and raise awareness among the population. Each town is encouraged to use these toolkits according to their needs and to set up local actions. In this section, let’s have a closer look at concrete actions on the field.
Speakers Presentations - EEN Symposium, 7 April 2011, Brussels
Access to all the presentations given during the 2nd EEN Symposium held on 7 April 2011 in Brussels.
Raising interest in deploying EPODE similar programmes across Europe
We are now in the final year of the EPODE European Network project (EEN). This moment is the best time for a first review. This editorial summarized briefly the achievments of this project connecting research and practice to federate, give value, and enrich existing local actions and programmes aimed at preventing childhood obesity in a sustainable way through the EPODE methodology.
Contribution of social marketing strategies to community-based obesity prevention programmes in children
An interview of Prof. Luis Moreno from the University of Zaragoza and leader of the EEN Committee on "Methods and Social Marketing Techniques", highlights some key aspects of this topic in the framework of childhood obesity prevention Community Intervention Programmes.
Changing Behaviour in the context of EPODE-like programmes
Prof. Jan Vinck, member of the VIASANO expert committee, from the University of Hasselt, describes here some psychological approaches that are used in CBIs aimed at promoting long term healthier habits in the population. The focus is on the importance of changing the local living environment through a multistakeholder approach in order to reach a sustainable change in individual behaviours.
EPODE in Europe and Worldwide - News January 2011
In this section, get more information about EPODE communication activities in Europe and dedicated news from VIASANO in Belgium, THAO in Spain, PAIDEIATROFI in Greece, EPODE in France and EPODE news outside Europe.
Encouraging results in French EPODE Pilot towns
The highlight of the recent Congress of French EPODE Towns, held in Vitré on 27–28 May 2010, in the presence of Mme Roselyne Bachelot, Minister for Health and Sport (pictured left with Dr JM Borys), was the presentation of encouraging results for the prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity.
Report of last EEN Symposium, 3 December 09, Brussels
Summary of the last EPODE European Network symposium, held in Brussels on 3 December 2009
EEN Key activities, September 2010
Research in progress from the Free University of Amsterdam, on the Scientific Evaluation and Dissemaination of EPODE, for the EPODE European Network - Dr Marje van KOPEREN
EPODE in Europe and worldwide - NEWS September 2010
In this section, get more information about EPODE communication activities in Europe and latest news from EPODE in France, VIASANO in Belgium, THAO in Spain and PAIDEIATROFI in Greece. Another part is dedicated to EPODE news outside Europe, notably from OPAL in South Australia and EPODE-5 pasos in Mexico.
Falling Walls: Berlin Conference on future breakthroughs in Science and Society - Watch the video!
You can now watch the video of the EPODE programme presented by Dr Jean-Michel Borys at The Falling Walls conference, initiated by the Einstein Foundation Berlin on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
From national policies to local coordinated action: the added value of the EPODE methodology
Dr. Susan Jebb, Head of Nutrition and Health Research at the Medical Research Council (UK), presents the stakes of the governments and other actors in the prevention of childhood obesity, from national policies to local coordinated action, and the added value of the EPODE methodology.
EPODE and political leadership - An interview of Dr Gérard Bapt, Member of the French Parliament and Mayor of St Jean, EPODE pilot town
An interview of Dr Gérard Bapt, Member of the French Parliament and Mayor of St Jean, EPODE pilot town since 2004, highlights the key role of political representative in EPODE framework.
Research in progress from Ghent University: "The role of local governments in childhood obesity prevention"
Within the EEN-project, Jo Van Assche and Stefaan De Henauw, leading researchers of the committee for the Involvment of Political Representative, present the first reflectons on the role of local governments in childhood obesity prevention.
News from EPODE in Europe and worldwide
In this section, get more information about EPODE communication activities in Europe and latest news from EPODE in France, VIASANO in Belgium, THAO in Spain and PAIDEIATROFI in Greece. Another part is dedicated to EPODE news outside Europe, notably from OPAL in South Australia and 5 pasos in Mexico.
A view on the Partnership with Ferrero
Ferrero company supporting the 4 EPODE European programmes (EPODE, VIASANO, THAO, PAIDEIATROFI) is also partner of the EEN project, particularly taking part to the thinking process within the "Public Private Partnership" (PPP) group. You are invited here to consult Ferrero's related statement.
EEN at the 4th Annual European Nutrition and Lifestyle Conference
Access to the article about the participation of the Dr. Jean-Michel Borys, EPODE and EEN Director to the 4th Annual European Nutrition and Lifestyle Conference in Brussels.
EEN Symposium, 3 December, Brussels- Speakers presentations
Access to all the presentations given during the EEN 1st Symposium held on 3 December 2009 in Brussels.
EPODE online in the Wall Street Journal
The EPODE methodology for childhood obesity prevention has been recently highlighted in an article published online in the Wall Street Journal (click here).
The EEN welcomes a new partner: Orangina Schweppes Group
The EEN and its 3 existing major private partners (Ferrero, Nestlé and Mars) recently welcomed a fourth private partner.
CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION
An interview with Prof. Jaap Seidell, of the Amsterdam Free University and chairman of the EEN committee on "Scientific Evaluation and Dissemination"
News from EPODE in Europe
FALLING WALLS: Berlin Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society - November 9th 2009
One year after the launching of the EPODE European Network
Jean-Michel BORYS, EPODE and EEN director, retraces the first year of the implementation of the EPODE European Network project.
Toward the first EEN Symposium, December 3, 2009
The first EPODE European Network symposium will take place on 3 December 2009 in Brussels and will conclude a first round of meetings and research activities organized within the 4 committees of the project since its launching in June 2008.
EEN first Symposium: December 3, 2009
On December 3 will be held in Brussels the first EEN Symposium entitled ‘Sharing knowledge and experience about childhood obesity prevention’.
ECO Satellite prevention: May 4-5, 2009
On May 4-5 (in Amsterdam) took place the European Congress on Obesity satellite meeting entitled "Cross-European community interventions and studies to prevent obesity".
Second EEN Committee meeting on Public/Private Partnership: April 28, 2009
On April 28 (in Lille) took place the second EEN committee meeting on "Public/Private Partnership", chaired by Prof. Monique Romon.
Second EEN committee on Methods and Social Marketing: April 22, 2009
On April 22 (in Zaragoza) took place the second EEN committee meeting on "Methods and Social marketing", chaired by Prof. Luis Moreno.
EEN committees: end of the first round of meetings
On March 3 (in Paris) the last meeting of the first round of EEN committee meetings took place.