EPODE PROGRAMS AT WORK

Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Ontario:
EPODE was chosen by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as the framework for Ontario’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge, which is designed to improve the health and activity of children and youth across the province. Forty-five communities were selected to receive training, advice and funding over four years to develop and implement locally-run programs and activities.

VIASANO, Belgium:
An EPODE program, Viasano prevents overweight and obesity among Belgian children aged 3 to 12 by promoting healthy eating and physical activity. It draws upon local political support and multi-sectoral partnerships. Evaluation of the Viasano program found that the prevalence of overweight in its pilot towns was reduced by 18%, suggesting that the program is an effective way to reduce childhood overweight, even over a short period of time.

OPEN Project, EU:
The OPEN project aims to reduce overweight and obesity among children by strengthening the impact of community-based programs and expanding their reach to low-income youth. Thirteen programs in 13 European countries are participating, with an evaluation to follow (which will be based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Good Practice Appraisal Tool and EIN’s OPEN Interview Guide). The project follows EPODE for the Promotion of Health Equity (EPHE), a 3-year project focused on childhood obesity prevention among lower socioeconomic groups.