Physical Activity / Projects

3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Addressing the Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in a Year of Transition [EHN SGA 2019]
In 2019 EHN will focus on creating awareness of the human and economic burden of CVD among newly-elected MEPs and new EU Commissioners and their cabinets (new EU mandate). We will do so by intensifyin...
In 2019 EHN will focus on creating awareness of the human and economic burden of CVD among newly-elected MEPs and new EU Commissioners and their cabinets (new EU mandate). We will do so by intensifying interaction and communications with the new EU mandate and organising a meeting at the end of the year, to present our proposal for a plan for action on CVD in Europe.

We do not expect any major new policy developments in 2019, due to the upcoming elections to the European Parliament and the change of EU Commissioners, so we will grasp the opportunity to review our papers on e-cigarettes, CVD risk assessment programmes and physical activity. We will update them with the most recent evidence and disseminate them widely to selected target audiences. We will continue to work on policies that are going through the legislative process, debated in European Fora, or likely to be taken up at EU member state level. Policy areas include agriculture; trade; food information (front-of-pack labelling) and composition (trans fatty acids); and marketing of HFSS food to children.

A key role, as a member organisation, is to support our members by providing information, enhancing their capacities, and facilitating knowledge-exchange. Our role is also to enable them, and their constituencies, to participate in and influence debates on health policy, policies that impact on cardiovascular health, and health regulations. To that end we will organise five meetings for our members and commission research, including on e-/mHealth and how it benefits cardiovascular patients. 2019 will also see the EHN Research Platform swing into action.

In conclusion, we believe that our 2019 operational objectives and the activities we have selected to achieve them, will contribute to achieve the general and specific objectives of our FPA. We believe that putting cardiovascular health on the agenda of new MEPs/Commissioners will benefit EU citizens as well as the EU economy.

Start date: 01/01/2019 - End date: 31/12/2019

Call: Financial contribution to the functioning of non-governmental bodies (Operating grants)
Topic: Physical Activity
3rd Health Programme (2014-2020)
Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity [JANPA]
In all EU Member states (MS), the high level of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents is of particular concern. In the EU, around 1 in 3 children 6-9 years old were overweight or obese in...
In all EU Member states (MS), the high level of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents is of particular concern. In the EU, around 1 in 3 children 6-9 years old were overweight or obese in 2010, a sharp rise in prevalence despite numerous MS or EU initiatives.Physical inactivity and poor diet from birth (and even in utero) are important determinants of adiposity leading to overweight and obesity. They are also independently associated with various non-communicable disease risk factors leading to the main pathologies European populations are suffering from, including detrimental psychosocial outcomes. Overweight and obesity represent an economic burden with up to 7% of EU health budgets spent each year directly on diseases linked to obesity, with more indirect costs resulting from lost productivity. Nutritional problems and physical inactivity need to be addressed in an integrated way so as to promote healthier environments, to make the healthy option the easiest option and to inform and empower families.Within the general frame of the EU Action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020, the JA’s general objective is to contribute to halting the rise in overweight and obesity in children and adolescents by 2020. Through the, identification, selection and sharing of best data and practices within the 25 countries involved, the JA will allow for : to advocate based on an estimation and forecast of economic cost of overweight and obesity; to improve the implementation of integrated interventions to promote nutrition and physical activity for pregnant women, families with young children; to improve actions within school settings; and to increase the use of nutritional information on foods by public health authorities, stakeholders and families for nutrition policy purposes. The JA will reinforce the links between national nutrition and physical activity policies initiated by the EU Strategy on nutrition, overweight and obesity-related health issues.
Start date: 01/09/2015 - End date: 30/11/2017

Call: Grants for actions co-financed with Member State authorities 2014 (Joint Actions)
Topic: Physical Activity