The first objective of the EEN project is to raise political, institutional, and scientific awareness of the relevancy of local, long-term, and multi-stakeholder approaches to healthier lifestyles, in particular childhood obesity prevention.
The second objective is to enrich existing methodologies and produce concrete guidelines transferable to countries willing to deploy an Epode-like programme (http://www.epode.fr/). EEN will focus on Epode approach and its four pillars: political awareness, willingness, and involvement; good practice of scientific evaluation of community-based interventions (CBI) and its dissemination; network expertise and social marketing approach; legal and ethical framework of public-private partnerships.
The EEN will contribute to the EU vision of a multi-stakeholder partnership built to promote healthier life-styles, improve diet and physical activity habits and to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases.
The EEN network, created and coordinated by the EEN Coordination team will be structured around a board and four committees including working groups: a committee for the "involvement of political representatives", a "scientific evaluation and dissemination" committee, a "methods and social marketing" committee and a "public / private partnership" committee.
An independent International Advisory Board will give a critical view on Epode and EEN development, evaluation and publications and will contribute to the development of advocacy activities. A continuous long-term communication and dissemination strategy will be defined for all working groups through an interactive website, newsletters and a European annual EEN congress
By facilitating the implementation of CBI programmes that use Epode methodology in other EU Member States, the EEN project expects to mobilise political, social, and material resources to promote healthier lifestyles.