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In Form - Campaign against obesity in children and adolescents [InForm] [2007328] - Project
General objectives

The general objective of the InForm project is to develop integrated overweight / obesity prevention and treatment strategies for children and adolescents. Implemented beyond project time in the participating countries, these will contribute to combating the childhood obesity epidemic in Europe.

Strategic relevance and contribution to the public health programme

Over the last decades obesity has become a great problem in Europe and prevention and treatment of obese children and adolescents not only benefits the affected individuals but also the health care systems in the member states. Besides creating awareness a preventive and therapeutic approach has to take the addictive aspect of overeating into account, as well as comorbidity with ADHD. Ways of interdisciplinary cooperation have to be found to create synergies in the treatment and prevention.

Methods and means

A European, interdisciplinary manual on prevention and treatment of childhood obesity, including standards and guidelines will be developed. Implementation of a European, interdisciplinary training course for health professionals, accredited with the respective, competent national authorities in each partner country, to become certified "obesity trainers". Creating awareness via a social marketing campaign at local levels in all participating countries, targeting children and adolescents, their families and immediate environment. Establishment of a network of competence centres, which, beyond the project time, will implement the manual and the training course, including the spread to other European countries.

Expected outcomes period

There are two main outcomes from the InForm project: a measurable change in awareness about the important of a healthy lifestyle for the prevention of obesity of the children, adolescents and their families targeted with the social marketing campaign as well as a sustainable network of competence centres in the area of childhood obesity prevention and treatment in the participating countries. This network will implement the manual and the training course beyond project time.

Start date: 16/10/2008
End date: 16/10/2011
Duration: 36 month(s)
Current status: Finalised
Programme title: First Programme of Community action in the field of public health (2003-2008)
EC Contribution: € 697 656,00