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Preventing Obesity in Europe- EUROPREVOB Project

HEAL member, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) participated in the final meeting of the EURO-PREVOB project as a policy adviser. The project aims to link scientific knowledge to policy making to reduce the burden of obesity in Europe. The meeting brought together project partners and advisers to discuss the work conducted to date and consider strategies for taking this work forward. Partners involved in this project include the WHO Europe Office and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

The EURO-PREVOB project is a three-year Coordination Action project that supports collaboration among existing networks working on the social and economic determinants of obesity in Europe, taking account of the diversity among European countries and the strong social gradient associated with obesity. EPHA has participated in most of the projects meetings- please find a more comprehensive overview of the project here.

The final meeting focussed on the devlopment of a set of recommendations to feed into the policy-making processes across Europe. The recommendations were compiled with the data collected from policy analyses and community questionnaires carried out by the project partners across a number of EU Member States. They outline a number of policy options for obesity prevention and the creation of health-supporting environments across the socioeconomic spectrum. Discussions amongst the participants identified the need to make the recommendations as strong and specific as possible, given the extensive evidence-base that already exists.

Following input from the participants, the Scientific Committee will adopt a final set of recommendations by the end of January 2010. The project has resulted in extensive literature and policy reviews, and a not insignificant amount of data has also been collected. Following the conclusions of the project, the deliverables will be widely disseminated, including possible peer-reviewed papers.

Last updated on 8 June 2011

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