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Key Partners in EEN programme

EEN Coordinating team

The French company, Protéines, is responsible for the management of the EEN. The EEN Coordinating Team communicates information on all EEN activities, via the website and quarterly e-newsletters.

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As an associated partner, the nongovernmental organization (NGO), Fleurbaix Laventie Ville Santé, assist the EEN Coordinating Team in the management of the project.

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European Commission

The EEN project was selected and granted by the European Commission (Directorate General for Health and Consumers) in June 2008 under the EU Public Health Programme 2003–2008.

The implementation of this programme is supported by the EU Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC).

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Four major European universities and collaborating partners

Four European universities work throughout the three years of the project to enrich the EPODE methodology.

Four committees - each one headed by one of the Universities - hold meetings with collaborating partners and invite experts bringing multidisciplinary expertise to the field of food and physical activity-related behaviours, childhood obesity, social marketing, public and private partnerships.

  • The Committee for the Involvement of Political Representatives, chaired by Professor Stefaan de Henauw of Ghent University, Belgium, is responsible for the development of recommendations regarding the required political involvement in the support of local, long-term and multistakeholder approaches.

  • The Committee for Scientific Monitoring, Evaluation and Dissemination, chaired by Professor Jaap Seidell of Free University, Amsterdam, maps, reviews and analyzes the existing evaluation schemes applied to childhood obesity prevention CBIs in order to enrich the evaluation process implemented in the EPODE methodology.

  • The Methods and Social Marketing Techniques Committee studies how network dynamics and social marketing approaches can be adapted to childhood obesity and non-communicable disease prevention. The committee considers the environmental and behavioural determinants of obesity and being overweight and the corresponding levers and tools necessary to facilitate changes. Professor Luis Moreno of the University of Zaragoza, Spain chairs this committee.

  • Finally, the Public/Private Partnerships Committee, chaired by Professor Monique Romon of Lille 2 University, France, focuses on public and private partnerships (PPP) in the field of obesity prevention CBIs, including the ethical, legal and technical aspects. The committee proposes a “Commitment Charter” to be signed by potential relevant stakeholders willing to be involved in the setting-up of an EPODE–similar initiative in another country.

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Private partners

As part of their corporate social responsibility, four private partners, Ferrero, Mars, Nestlé, Orangina Schweppes have agreed to support. These companies provide financial resources for the project and participate in committee meetings.

The corporate partners are committed to following clear rules of engagement included the agreement to limitations in the use of the EEN and EPODE logo and image.

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Other partners

The European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), based in the UK, is another institutional partner of the project and is represented by the Committee working on the Scientific Evaluation and Dissemination of EPODE-similar community-based interventions.



EEN Partners

EEN coordinating team

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Associated universities

Founder Partners

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