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Confronting Obesity: Co-creating policy with youth

Oct 12, 2023

Confronting Obesity: Co-creating policy with youth

CO-CREATE Final Conference
12th & 13th October 2023
World Obesity Federation - SCOPE

Greetings and welcome to the CO-CREATE Final Conference page!

We are thrilled to bring together all of our project partners and stakeholders to celebrate the achievements and impact of our joint action.

In the 2-day CO-CREATE Final Conference you’ll learn about the journey, tools and outputs, and future perspectives of co-creating policies with youth in health and beyond.

Together, with CO-CREATE research and advocacy partners, you’ll have the chance to discuss systems thinking and innovative tools with youth advocates and civil society, national and local government, and WHO representatives for Europe.

This event is invitation only. If you would like to express your interest to attend please email

  • 09:00 – 10:00  Registration and coffee
  • 10:00 – 10:20  Welcome and opening
  • 10:20 – 11:15  Systems thinking and youth engagement in policy development - pillars of the CO-CREATE project
    • Tackling a complex problem: a systems approach to involving youth in research and policy development to address obesity - lessons from CO-CREATE
    • Youth involvement in policy processes - Participatory research with youth – the CO-CREATE experience
  • 11:15 – 11:45  Coffee / stretch break
  • 11:45 – 12:30  Youth-generated output and experiences in the CO-CREATE project
    • Idea generation on future policy – systems mapping and youth alliances: insights from Poland and Portugal
    • Mental health as a youth concern and the role of social media - an emerging issue in CO-CREATE
  • 12:30 – 13:00  Launch of CO-CREATE Youth Declaration 2.0
  • 13:00 – 14:00  Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:00  CO-CREATE’s innovative policy tools - Evidence-based Advocacy – PART I
    • Policy monitoring and benchmarking: The NOURISHING and MOVING policy indexes
  • 15:00 – 15:10  Stretch break  
  • 15:10 – 16:15  CO-CREATE’s innovative policy tools - Evidence-based Advocacy – PART II
    • The CO-CREATE system dynamics modelling tool – a ‘how to use’ interactive session
  • 16:15 – 16:30  Stretch break
  • 16:30 – 17:20  Reflections and future perspectives – learnings from CO-CREATE for research and policy
    • Lessons learned from working with policy in the Youth Task Force
    • Panel Discussion: A future look at CO-CREATE Tools for policy and advocacy, with WHO, researchers and civil society
  • 17:20 – 17:30  Closing
  • 08:30 – 09:00  Registration    
  • 09:00 – 10:20  Welcome and introduction/Youth engagement in public health
    • How can WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of NCDs support the work of youth health initiatives?
    • Cross-disciplinary panel on youth advocacy and youth engagement: experiences from a research, policy and civil society perspectives
  • 10:20 – 10:35  Stretch break  
  • 10:35 – 12:00  Young people and digital marketing of unhealthy products
    • Impact and concerns on youth health from digital marketing
    • Digital marketing of unhealthy products
    • Digital marketing and youth involvement
    • Panel discussion on counteracting digital marketing of unhealthy foods – representatives from country offices, national advocacy and youth organisations    
  • 12:00 – 13:30  Lunch & Networking  
  • 13:30 – 14:45  CO-CREATE: Bridging the dialogue divide between policy and youth
    • Advocacy Toolkit – promoting youth involvement in policy development
    • CO-CREATE Dialogue Forum Tool – facilitating multi-actor and intergenerational dialogue
  • 14:45 – 15:30 CO-CREATE in Review: Final remarks CO-CREATE & WHO Euro closing
    • Closing Panel: opportunities and barriers for youth dialogue at national/community level
    • CO-CREATE & WHO Euro closing

Download Final Conference documents

Provisional Agenda

CO-CREATE Final Conference provisional agenda.

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EU Projects

The CO-CREATE Project

Bringing together 14 international research and advocacy organisations to work with adolescents to create, inform and disseminate obesity-preventive evidence-based policies the CO-CREATE project aims to to help reduce childhood obesity and associated co-morbidities in Europe and the rest of the world.

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EU Projects

Healthy Voices website

Healthy Voices provides tools and expertise about how to become an agent for change in the youth health agenda. Academics, policy makers, and industry need your initiative and leadership to create positive change. Healthy Voices has collated information from the STOP and CO-CREATE projects.

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Register today

Click the link below to sign up for this two day event, the CO-CREATE Final conference, occuring on the 12th and 13th October 2023.

For more details please email

Your registration may be subject to approval - we will be in touch if we require additional information.

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