EPODE in France
The EPODE methodology, initiated and developed in France in 2004, is inspired by other international community and school-based interventions such as the Fleurbaix Laventie Ville Santé Study (France), the North Karelia Programme, (Finland), the Kiel Obesity Prevention Study (Germany) and the Colac Study (Australia).
The EPODE initiative started with 10 pilot cities in 2004 (cf. cities in pink on the following map) and now extends to 226 French cities (cf. other cities on the map below).
Figure 1: EPODE towns in September 2009
More than 1 200 000 persons concerned