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CO-CREATE

€9.5m pan-European project to tackle adolescent obesity

A consortium of 14 research and advocacy organisations meeting in Oslo, Norway, today (May 2nd) have launched a ground-breaking project involving young people themselves in a bid to tackle overweight and obesity. Supported by the European Commission, the budget of over €9.5m will provide a programme of activities for a five-year period 2018-2023.

The project, titled CO-CREATE, will work with adolescents to create, inform and disseminate policies to tackle obesity among their peers. The project will use a societal systems approach to understand how factors associated with obesity interact at various levels. The project focuses on adolescence as a crucial age-group with increasing autonomy and soon to be the next generation of adults, parents and policymakers, and thus important agents for change. CO-CREATE aims to involve and empower adolescents and youth organizations to foster a participatory process of identifying and formulating relevant policies, assessing the options with other private and public actors, promoting relevant policy actions and developing tools and strategies for implementation.

CO-CREATE partner organisations include university research departments, national public health institutions and a number of civil society organisations concerned with health policies and youth well-being. The project will build on existing initiatives and platforms, and construct new opportunities for youth engagement in the issue and youth participation in democratic moves for advocacy and policy change.

“We have access to large-scale datasets and policy monitoring tools, and will combine these with novel analytical approaches and youth involvement to provide new efficient strategies, tools and programmes for promoting sustainable and healthy behaviours,” said project leader, Professor Knut-Inge Klepp of the Norwegian Institute for Public Health. “The generated knowledge and innovative tools for assessing policy implementation, along with strategies for empowering adolescents, will help ensure that the policy proposals arising from this project will be effective and popular.”

The CO-CREATE Project has received funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research budget, shared between 14 research groups in six European countries plus Australia, South Africa and the United States. The project will be completed in 2023.

The CO-CREATE project is funded with a grant from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research Programme for Sustainable Food Security. The products of the research are the responsibility of the authors: the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of them. 

 

Objectives 

  • The project will apply largescale datasets, policy monitoring tools, novel analytical approaches and youth involvement to provide new efficient strategies, tools and programmes for promoting sustainable and healthy dietary behaviours and lifestyles.  
  • The project will generate knowledge and innovative tools for assessing actual policy implementation, strategies for empowering adolescents; and strategies for identifying, implementing and monitoring relevant policy programmes to stakeholders involved in the European efforts to tackle childhood obesity. 
  • The project will apply a systems approach to provide a better understanding of how factors associated with obesity interact at various levels.  
  • The project will focus on adolescence as the specific target group. It sees this as a crucial age with increasing autonomy and the next generation of adults, parents and policymakers, and thus important agents for change. CO-CREATE will involve and empower adolescents and youth organizations in order to foster a participatory process of identifying and formulating relevant policies, deliberating such options with other private and public actors, promoting relevant policy agenda and tools and strategies for implementation.  
  • The project will strengthen interdisciplinary research and have an inclusive multi-actor approach with involvement of academics, policy makers, civil society, relevant industry and market actors to ensure longlasting implementation of the results.  
  • The project will reflect and build on a number of existing initiatives and platforms, including the extensive research activity from consortium members.  
  • The project will have a strong gender profile and consider the relevance of geographic, socio-economic, behaviour and cultural factors.
 

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Organisations in the CO-CREATE project consortium
Estimated percentage of European school-age children (age 5-17y) with excess bodyweight (overweight and obesity)
 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020

research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774210.