Presentations from the EPODE Canada Obesity Forum are now online!

EPODE Canada Obesity Forum

The EPODE Canada Obesity Forum provided a unique learning opportunity for managers, advisors, and sponsors of community-based childhood obesity prevention programs.


The EPODE Canada Forum was held at beautiful Blue Mountain Resort, only a 90-minute drive from Toronto. 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.

Forum Program

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Detailed Session Descriptions

Plenary Session – EPODE World View of Community-Based Interventions 2016 (Dr. Jean-Michel Borys). Updates on EPODE programs, recent progress and evolution of the EPODE methodology from Dr. Borys, founder of EPODE, the EPODE European Network, and EPHE (EPODE for the Promotion of Health Equity).

FRESHERS Workshop – Introduction to EPODE (Pauline Harper, EPODE International Network). An introductory session for those who are new to the EPODE methodology.

Social Norming from Theory to Practice for Community-Based Programs (Dr. Jan Vink). A discussion of the levers of behavioural economics and social norming used in the EPODE methodology and how to use them in a community-based program.

Local Project Manager Workshop: Activating Community Stakeholders (Dr. Ingrid Bakker, Community Advisors, 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.

How to Design Interventions Using Co-Creation and a Real Behavioural Issue – Eating Behaviours (Steven Johnson, President, 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 for Building Communities (Industry Expert TBD). 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.

Forming and Managing Public-Private Partnerships at the Local Level (Dennis Edell, Managing Director, EPODE Canada). This workshop will discuss effective ways for programs to find long-term funding by working with sponsors and industry partners at the program and local level.

Accessing Program Resources for Local Level Use: Examples of Nutrition and Physical Activity/Sedentary Behaviour. 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.

Process Evaluation and Leading Indicators of Success (Dr. Jean-Michel Borys). 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.

Luncheon Speaker: Political Support: What Does Policy Have to Do with Obesity? Political support at all levels is critical to creating sustainable obesity prevention programs. Our expert speaker will discuss how policy is viewed, developed and approved at the highest levels.

Community Social Marketing Intervention Case Studies: Water and Screentime. This session will examine two 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.

Expert Panel: Integrating Mental Health Concerns into Community-Based Obesity Interventions. 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.