Get Involved

 

There are several ways to get involved with EPODE:

 

1. Become a member of the EPODE Canada Community (ECC):

What is the EPODE Canada Community?

A group of those interested in learning about and collaborating on community-based childhood obesity-related matters.

Who should become a member?

Individuals, organizations, programs and institutions interested in community-based approaches to childhood obesity prevention.

Membership benefits:

• Reduced rates for the annual EPODE Canada Obesity Forum and other EPODE Canada and EPODE International Network events.
• Access to scientific experts and program managers from EPODE global programs.
• Recognition on the EPODE Canada website and in the EPODE Canada e-newsletter.

How to become a member:

Complete the application form  and send to info@epodecanada.ca.

Membership fee:

We ask for $50 per applicant per year to defray the cost of hosting webinars.

2. Become a member of the EPODE International Network (EIN):

What is the EPODE International Network?

The EPODE International Network (EIN) is a global not-for-profit organization formed in Brussels in 2011 that works to support childhood obesity prevention programs around the world via the sharing of best practices, methodology and experiences among large-scale community based programs (CBPs), school-based programs and healthy active initiatives. To date, EIN is the world’s largest network of childhood obesity prevention programs and includes 39 member programs in 27 countries.

Click here for more information about the EIN.

Who can become a member?

Program managers of Canadian community-based childhood obesity prevention programs that:

• Are EPODE-inspired: you generally follow the EPODE pillars (public-private partnerships, political commitment and support, social marketing techniques and science-based evaluation).

OR

• Focus on healthy, active living: your goal is the prevention of childhood obesity, but you may be focused on physical exercise or nutrition or be primarily school-based.

AND

• Officially agree with the EIN philosophy and the four pillars detailed in the “EPODE philosophy, pillars and principles” document.

Membership benefits:

• Free EPODE Canada Community membership.
• Access to program design advice, scientific expertise and program support tools.
• Global promotion and visibility of program via the EIN & EPODE Canada websites, press releases, and monthly EIN newsletter.
• Invitations to regional and global EPODE obesity conferences.
• Access to an online resource database and support in the publication of program results.

How to become a member:

Read and sign the EPODE Program Agreement and complete the EIN Application Form and send both to info@epodecanada.ca. Completed forms will then be submitted to the EIN Board of Directors for review and approval (a process that generally takes 1-2 weeks).

3. Become an Associate Member of the EPODE International Network:

Who can become a member?

Individuals or institutions who are not programs but want access to the resources of the EIN network.

Benefits of Associate Membership:

• Free EPODE Canada Community membership.
• Access to program design advice, scientific expertise and program support tools.
• Invitations to regional and global EPODE obesity conferences.
• Access to an online resource database and support in the publication of program results.

How to become an EIN Associate Member:

Contact EPODE Canada at info@epodecanada.ca.

 

4. Use the EPODE methodology to increase your program’s impact:

Who should use the methodology?

Childhood obesity prevention programs run by public health units, municipal governments, NGOs and community organizations can use the EPODE methodology to increase their impact.

What is involved in using the EPODE methodology to increase your program’s impact?

A program audit evaluates your program practices against norms for effective EPODE programs. Recommendations coming out of the audit become the basis for training and mentoring to upscale your program to be more effective at reducing the prevalence of overweight and obese children.

How to start using the EPODE methodolgy to increase your program’s impact:

Contact EPODE Canada at info@epodecanada.ca.

5. Design your childhood obesity prevention program using the EPODE methodology:

Who should use the EPODE methodology in the design of their program?

Public health units, municipal governments, NGOs and community organizations that are building new childhood obesity prevention programs can use the EPODE methodology as a framework to guide their design and approach.

What is involved in using the EPODE methodology to design a new program?

The Transfer of Methodology program involves continuous coaching for 1 – 3 years by the global EPODE team and includes:

•    Local needs assessment
•    Program Design
•    Program Organization and Management
•    Program evaluation framework
•    Program staffing and the role of the Local Project Manager
•    Central resources vs. local resources
•    Partnerships at the central and local level
•    Program visibility strategy

How to start using the EPODE methodolgy in the design of a new program:

Contact EPODE Canada at info@epodecanada.ca.

6. Support EPODE Canada:

Join EPODE Canada in working to prevent childhood obesity in Canada by becoming an EPODE Canada funder or event sponsor. Please contact us at info@epodecanda.ca to get involved!