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Implementing national obesity policies and action plans in Europe

Date: Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:00 - 16:30

Venue: Stanhope Hotel  |  City: Brussel, Belgium

Obesity costs EU countries more than €70 billion a year in healthcare costs and lost productivity, yet only a few Member States have managed to implement comprehensive strategies that cover all aspects of weight management. The EASO Policy Conference on ‘Implementing National Obesity Policies and Action Plans in Europe’ will be a good opportunity to learn about different approaches and initiatives that can be taken at national level. It will include examples of best practice, at the same time as providing ideas and inspiration for policymakers who have found effective strategies difficult to implement. More than 100 participants from the European Institutions, Member State health authorities, and leading public health organisations are expected to take part.

  • Topics in the spotlight will include:
  • The need for EU member states to implement more effective obesity strategies
  • Obesity strategy examples from Ireland, The Netherlands and Switzerland.
  • Case-studies on how to develop nutritional, treatment, and physical activity strategies.
  • Health in all policies: Opportunities for tackling obesity through labelling, taxation and city initiatives.

Speakers include:

  • Chairman: John Bowis, Former Minister of Health and Member of the European Parliament, United Kingdom
  • Leen Meulenbergs, Representative to the EU, World Health Organization
  • Wojciech Kalamarz, Head of Unit, Health Determinants and Inequality, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Stephanie Bodenbach, Directorate E — Food and Feed Safety, Innovation, DG SANTE, European Commission
  • Birgitta Sacrédeus, Chairperson, Interregional Group on Health and Wellbeing, European Committee of the Regions
  • Pedro Teixeira, Director of the national Physical Activity Promotion Program, Ministry of Health, Portugal
  • Henk Reinen, Head of Unit, Department of Nutrition, Health Protection and Prevention, Netherlands Ministry of
  • Health, Welfare and Sport


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All Dates

  • Wednesday, 10 May 2017 10:00 - 16:30

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