EPODE Canada Obesity Forum

EPODE Canada Obesity Forum

EPODE Canada Obesity Forum
September 28-29, 2016
Blue Mountain, Ontario

The EPODE Canada Obesity Forum offered a unique learning opportunity for managers, advisors, and sponsors of community-based childhood obesity prevention programs. Forum participants learned about EPODE, a capacity-building, community-based methodology active in 27 countries that has been proven to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obese children and about strategies and best practices for childhood obesity prevention program design, implementation and evaluation. Forum participants also benefited from hands-on operational advice from community-based program experts and senior members of the EPODE global team and from networking opportunities with other childhood obesity prevention program representatives from Canada, the U.S., and Europe.

The EPODE Canada Forum was held at beautiful Blue Mountain Resort. The resort has a wide selection of indoor activities and outdoor adventures, including a scenic gondola ride, mountain hikes, walks along the Bruce Trail, and mountain biking.

All presentations from the forum are provided below. 


Forum Schedule

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Detailed Session Descriptions

EPODE International Network: A New World View of Community-Based Interventions 2016 –  Pauline Harper Updates on EPODE programs, recent progress and evolution of the EPODE methodology, the EPODE European Network, and EPHE (EPODE for the Promotion of Health Equity).

Collective Impact for Childhood Obesity Prevention – Josh Archer, Child and Youth Network, London, Ontario and Dr. Shazhan Ahmed, SCOPE, B.CThis session will look at how the theory and practice of collective impact can help childhood obesity prevention work. Our presenters represent two organizations, SCOPE from British Columbia and Child and Youth Network from London, Ontario, that have been very successful in using collective impact to reduce childhood obesity and overweight. The session will offer practical tips and approaches for organizations interested in introducing and enhancing collective impact strategies in their own work. The session will complement the afternoon keynote session delivered by Lisa Robinson from Shape Up Summerville (USA) which also very successfully uses collective impact theory and practice.

Local Project Managers and Activating Community Stakeholders – Dr. Ingrid Bakker and Dr. Joop ten Dam, JOGG, The Netherlands. Local Project Managers (LPM) are instrumental to an EPODE program and the success of the program depends on their ability to mobilize a broad range of local stakeholders. This interactive workshop will be led by program advisors who coach and mentor LPMs in the JOGG program in the Netherlands.

Shape Up Summerville: A Municipality’s Experience – Lisa Robinson, Director, Shape Up Somerville (MA, USA) An introduction to the work of Shape of Somerville and using collective impact for childhood obesity prevention work, including practical advice and examples for working with children and their families and communities to prevent obesity. 

Designing Interventions Using Co-Creation – Steven Johnson, Collaborative Change, U.K.). A workshop that will teach participants how to use co-creation to design local interventions that are guided by insights into the behaviours, age, culture and physical environment of the target audience.

Using Social Media and Digital Analytics for Building Communities – Dory Demers, Rise Vermont and Brad Einarsen, Klick Health. This session will teach participants how to use social media at the local level effectively to build online communities that will facilitate the adoption of healthy, active behaviours.

Intervention Planning Tools – Planning for Healthy Kids Community Challenge – Sarah Lambert, Healthy Kids Community Challenge, and Creating Comprehensive Health Among School Aged Children in Northern Manitoba – Amanda Nash, Heart and Stroke Foundation. This session will examine interventions implemented by EPODE programs, one in Canada and one in Europe. It will look at how these interventions were designed, delivered and evaluated and what they might reveal about designing actions to encourage health equity.

Resources for Community-Based Programs: Healthy Food Environments for Children: Are Canadians Making the Grade? – Alexa Ferdinands, POWER UP! Alberta; Are Canadians Too Tired to Move? Results from the 2016 Report Card – Dr. Allana LeBlanc, ParticipACTION; Building Capacity for Community-Based Health Promotion Programming Across Ontario – Donna Smith, Nutrition Resource Centre. Programs need support materials and expert advice to implement themes in the community to ensure that they are evidence-based or based on best practices for obesity prevention. In this session, experts in both nutrition and physical exercise will show you where to source program materials and how to know what advice or research reflects the best and latest science.

Perspectives on Program Evaluation: Global Lessons from EPODE Program Evaluation – Dr. Jean-Michel Borys, EPODE International Network and Evaluating Healthy Kids Community Challenge – Michelle Vine and Dan Harrington, Public Health Ontario. Every program needs to know if it is using resources effectively and making an impact on obesity prevention, but there are often barriers to evaluation, such as the cost and timing of evaluation. This workshop will explore a range of local-level indicators of success that can be used in the measurement of a program’s impact on obesity prevention.

Realities of Private Private Partnerships: An American and Canadian Perspective: Dan Carbin, Santis Health and Drew Nannis, Partnership for a Healthier America. (No powerpoint presentation). Political and private support at all levels is critical to creating sustainable obesity prevention programs. Our expert speakers will discuss how policies and partnerships are viewed, developed and approved at the highest levels.

Mental Health and Community-Based Childhood Obesity Interventions – Dr. Valerie Taylor, Women’s College Hospital and Melanie Gelfand, Hospital for Sick Children. Our growing under­standing of the correlation between mental health and obesity is enabling experts to better address obesity. Experts in the field will present their findings and discuss how this new insight can be integrated into community-based program actions and primary and secondary prevention interventions.