STOP, CO-CREATE, JA Best-ReMaP, and PEN are four European projects that address the global childhood obesity epidemic.
Through innovative and rigorous research methods, the projects aim to generate new evidence and develop robust and sustainable findings. Recognising that current interventions to curb the rise in child and adolescent obesity have failed, In 2020, a joint symposium was held to showcase the four projects’ innovative approaches to refine current obesity-related interventions (I) evidence-based policies, (II) accountability, and (III) youth engagement.
To build on the discussion, and welcome Joint Action Best-ReMaP as a partner, the World Café will present its progress to date. These 1-hour online briefings will be split into two series.
These sessions will be held fortnightly and open to the public. Project leads from the STOP, JA Best-ReMAP, and PEN project will take turns and chair the different sessions.
All sessions will be followed by an interactive Q&A with the audience. More information on future briefings, including the second half of the series in September 2021 will be announced soon.
The STOP project – a knowledge generation and translation approach
The Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy (STOP) project aims at expanding and consolidating the multi-disciplinary evidence base upon which effective and sustainable policies can be built to prevent and manage childhood obesity. Through a more traditional approach, the project aims to produce evidence that is relevant for policymakers and help them address the problem of childhood obesity. Specifically, the project focuses on the core idea that obesity has multiple and diverse characterisations, and therefore that one-size-fits-all policy approaches to childhood obesity are bound to fail, and the scientific component of the project is designed to recognise diversity and support the development of tailored solutions.STOP
The PEN project – a policy-focused approach
The Policy Evaluation Network’s (PEN) vision is to provide Europe with tools to identify, evaluate and benchmark policies designed to address physical inactivity, unhealthy diets, and sedentary behaviour while accounting directly or indirectly for existing health inequalities. Throughout the project, PEN will aim to deliver an overview of the ‘best’ public policies most likely to sustainably support more favourable health behaviours. PEN aims to assess public policies with potential influence on food and physical activity environments; foster a pan-European monitoring and surveillance system; model the impact of policies at the population level; evaluate policy implementation processes and their facilitators and barriers; and give recommendations for an equity and diversity perspective in policies directly or indirectly targeting dietary, physical activity or sedentary behaviours across Europe.PEN
CO-CREATE – an experimental approach
Through a more experimental approach, CO-CREATE aims to investigate how policy changes can support healthy eating and a physically active lifestyle to halt the rise of adolescent obesity. By focusing on upstream factors and context change instead of on individual behaviour change, CO-CREATE hopes to generate sustainable impacts that contribute to narrowing inequalities. The project provides a model for how to involve young people and the range of relevant stakeholders by explicitly politicising the issue of obesity, providing specific obesity-related policy proposals, and designing and testing advocacy tools and strategies for implementation and evaluation.CO-CREATE
The focus of the Best-ReMaP Joint Action will be on adapting, replicating, and implementing effective health interventions, based on proven practices in the areas of food reformulation, framing of food marketing, and public procurement of healthy food in public settings, thus contributing to an increased offer of healthier options of processed foods (by reducing salt, sugar, and fat from the processed foods available in EU supermarkets.Best-ReMaP