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02 May 2018

€9.5m pan-European project to tackle adolescent obesity

A consortium of 14 research and advocacy organisations meeting in Oslo, Norway on May 2nd have launched a ground-breaking project involving young people themselves in a bid to tackle overweight and obesity. Supported by the European Commission, the budget of over €9.5m will provide a programme of activities for a five-year period 2018-2023.

The project, titled CO-CREATE, will work with adolescents to create, inform and disseminate policies to tackle obesity among their peers. The project will use a societal systems approach to understand how factors associated with obesity interact at various levels. The project focuses on adolescence as a crucial age-group with increasing autonomy and soon to be the next generation of adults, parents and policymakers, and thus important agents for change.

CO-CREATE aims to involve and empower adolescents and youth organizations to foster a participatory process of identifying and formulating relevant policies, assessing the options with other private and public actors, promoting relevant policy actions and developing tools and strategies for implementation.

CO-CREATE partner organisations include university research departments, national public health institutions and a number of civil society organisations concerned with health policies and youth well-being. The project will build on existing initiatives and platforms, and construct new opportunities for youth engagement in the issue and youth participation in democratic moves for advocacy and policy change.

Read the full story at the World Obesity Federation website.