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

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

Attendees discussed systems thinking and innovative tools with CO-CREATE research and advocacy partners, youth advocates and civil society, national and local government, and WHO representatives for Europe.

We had 180 attendees from 49 countries joining the conference both in-person and online! Click here for highlights of the event, and please find below recordings (coming soon!) of both days, presentations and the full programme of events and speakers.

  • 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 and stretch break
  • 11:45 – 12:30  The CO-CREATE project: Incubating youth ideas - concept note
    • The role of social media in adolescent mental health and diet outcomes - an emerging issue in CO-CREATE
    • Idea generation on future policy – systems mapping and youth alliances: insights into Portugal
    • Photovoice as a participatory research tool to increase awareness of polices and empower youth to advocate for change
  • 12:30 – 13:00  CO-CREATE Youth Task Force open letter
    • Presentation of the Open Letter from the YTF - Q&A Panel
  • 13:00 – 14:00  Lunch and networking
  • 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 – 15:15  Stretch break  
  • 15:15 – 16:15  CO-CREATE’s innovative policy tools - Evidence-based Advocacy – PART II
    • The CO-CREATE system dynamics simulation 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
    • What we can learn from the CO-CREATE project about involving youth
    • Panel Discussion: A future look at CO-CREATE Tools for policy and advocacy
  • 17:20 – 17:30  Day 1 Closing
  • 08:30 – 09:00  Registration and coffee   
  • 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 research, policy and civil society perspectives
  • 10:20 – 10:45  Coffee and stretch break  
  • 10:45 – 12:00  Young people and digital marketing of unhealthy products
    • Impact and concerns on youth health from digital marketing
    • Digital marketing of unhealthy products
    • Unhealthy food marketing in the digital age: how self-regulation fails children
    • Panel discussion on counteracting digital marketing of unhealthy food and youth from government and civil society perspective    
  • 12:00 – 13:30  Lunch and networking  
  • 13:30 – 14:45  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 – 15:15  CO-CREATE in Review: Final remarks CO-CREATE
    • Closing Panel: Opportunities for youth dialogue at national and community level: co-creating the future
  • 15:15 – 15:30  CO-CREATE Final Conference closing remarks

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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More about CO-CREATE

If you'd like more feedback on the final conference, you can read our news article here.

And you can visit this page on our website for more about the CO-CREATE project's key achievements, themes and more.

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