Dr Roberto Bertollini
Chief Scientist and WHO Representative to the EU
World Health Organization
Prof. dr. Kristine De Martelaer
Head of the Research Team Movement and Sports Training
Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
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Childhood obesity continues to be a key challenge for most countries in the European Union. According to the World Health Organisation’s Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI), around 1 in every 3 children aged 6-9 years old is overweight or obese, while each year around 7% of national health budgets across the EU are spent on diseases linked to obesity.
This international symposium will discuss the latest strategies, policy actions as well as institutional developments aimed at combating childhood obesity in Europe. The event will analyse the role of adopting a comprehensive approach in the early years as a means to prevent and tackle childhood obesity. It will explore the importance of coordinated approaches involving governmental sectors, communities, marketing/mass media and the private sector to ensure the accessibility of healthy diets and the promotion of everyday levels of physical activity. The conference will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.
- Analyse current policy strategies and other initiatives to tackle childhood obesity across Europe
- Examine the pivotal role of pre-conceptual years for effective obesity prevention and intervention at an early stage of life
- Discuss the significance of physical activity as a healthy lifestyle
- Evaluate the accessibility of healthy diets and protect children from unhealthy food advertising
For further details, please refer to the enclosed event brochure. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.
In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the attached registration form at your earlest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).