Info CEIDSS – 1 (copy 01)

              AUGUST 2019 - APRIL 2020


We recently launched our new website!

Along with a new design and  a page dedicated to COVID-19, you will also find all our updated activities of our ongoing projects:

The EU H2020 Co-Create, the local MUN-SI, technical support  to WHO Europe COSI study  and COSI Portugal.

All project related Publications, as well as school communication/education materials, interviews, IGTV and Social Media are also featured, to make this an interactive Website where your opinion and voice is valued.


In our Instagram page we share the latest updates on our projects, reports, and scientific papers. We also feature #CEIDSSrecommends  and #CEIDSSgood reads where we share the latest scientific international  news and publications, related with #nutrition, #childhealth  #obesity and #NCDs
The #SpecialThursdays PepTalks  Lives  at 18.00h (Portugal) are full of special guests from the Nutrition world – You should not miss!


You can also keep up with our wonderful team!

MUN-SI is a community-based programme which offers a response to childhood malnutrition that seeks prevention at municipality level. It is designed each year attending the needs of the municipalities and local needs, through and interventional process to measure its impact on child health.
In the 2019/2020 school year, MUN-SI has started working in a new municipality - Cascais. Aditionally, the program is continuing its 10-year collaboration with the municipality of Oeiras.

This school year the first activities were implemented in 11 primary schools from the municipality of Cascais. The program reached about
 654 children, in the 3rd and 4th grades, and it focused on the promotion of the Mediterranean Diet with a focus on Healthy Breakfasts. Didactic, age ajusted ludic and educational materials were used in the classroom activities in order to engage the children. 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic MUN-SI's approach rapidly adapted. The program immediately reached the community  by promoting health literacy through an online platform,  MUN SI ONLINE, using Instagram and other online tools,  towards families  and school teachers. The aim of the created content is to tackle disinformation and share a more practical approach to recommendations and guidelines promoted by scientific entities.
Within its 10 Working Package, the  EU H2020 project  CO-CREATE Project “Confronting obesity: Co-creating policy with youth” started a new stage (Sept 2019)  in the five European countries: Netherlands, UK, Norway, Poland and  Portugal, where CEIDSS is the  leading partner. 

For this stage three Youth Alliances were established in three Scouts Groups, from the Lisbon district, of adolescents aged 15-18 years old.

CEIDSS was the Host Partner of the Project “Co-facilitators training”  which was held in September (2019), in Lisbon, where the youth members from all 5 participating countries attended.

Several face-to-face meetings took place with the Youth Alliances since December 2019 where, through a participatory process, the public health concern of obesity among adolescents was addressed. Different policy ideas, focusing on healthy surroundings and the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity practice, were developed by the young people to tackle this issue.
In March 2020, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, these face-to-face meetings were forced to stop. Nonetheless, to keep working on the policy ideas with the young   people,  several  online   meetings 
have been conducted with a very high level  of attendance by the Youth Alliances. In this critical moment the Portuguese team is very proud of the way that rapidly the youth members adapted and continued the work not compromising the objectives and the progress of the project.

For some of these online meetings, young professionals with experience in several fields related to the Alliance’s policy ideas were invited to whom the youth had the opportunity to openly share their questions and ideas, strengthening their proposals. The members of the Alliances are now finalizing their policy ideas and preparing for the next phase of the project, since the current stage is set to end by June 2020.

Hereinafter, events will be held where the youth will present and further discuss their policy ideas with relevant policymakers and other stakeholders.

Keep yourself posted @Co-Create Instagram

The EUROPEAN CHILDHOOD OBESITY SURVEILLANCE INITIATIVE (COSI) is an on-going process of collection, management and analysis of data to monitor the nutritional status among primary school aged children.

CEIDSS is the technical supporting partner of the study in Portugal. Since the presentation of the preliminary data from COSI Portugal, that ocurred in July 2019, the technical team has been working on the validation of the data. The data has been analysed and  the results will be published in the final report, to be presented this year.

Where have we been...?
CO-CREATE Meeting for Facilitator Training - Amsterdam, September 2019

CO-CREATE Portugal team participated in the preparatory training for the project, where  the activities to be developed together with the youth were discussed
International Atomic Energy Agency Meeting on the Prevention of Childhood Obesity  - Greece, December 3rd 2019


Ana Rito in channel S+ discussed  the latest childhood obesity data from Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI Portugal 2019)  - Lisbon, July 19th 2019
Presentation of the results of the National Physical Activity Promotion Program by the Portuguese Directorate-General of Health - Lisbon, September 19th 2019
Ana Rito presented data obtained by COSI about the Azores region in the Endocrinology and Nutrition Congress, that took place at Hospital da Ponta Delgada - Açores, October 2019
Joana Baleia, participated in a discussion on the impact of municipalities on public health on the Histórias Clínicas program  - November 2019
Joana Baleia as a speaker at a meat consumption debate panel at the JorTec Ambiente 2020 event at the Faculty of Science and Technology/UNL.  - Lisbon, February 4th 2020
What have we published...?

What's on the world...?

The Department of Food and Nutrition of the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge launched a series of texts that address COVID-19 relating to food and nutrition published by 

"Vitamin D in times of social confinement"
"Food packaging and Covid-19"
CEIDSS is preparing a text about and Childhood about COVID-19 AND Childhood Obesity.

Keep yourself posted
CO-CREATE Project Meeting - Oslo, November 2019
Workshop on Promoting Nutrition through Multisectoral Approach, with a Special Focus on Interventions Related to Agriculture - Lisbon, September 5th and 6th 2019
Joana Baleia at the Forum Seixalíada speaking on  "Sports practice to combat childhood obesity" - Seixal, October 11th 2019
Dr. Ana Rito presented the national and regional COSI data at the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley.  - Lisbon, October 22nd 2019
Margarida Bica participated in a conversation about "Healthy Eating in Kindergartens and Nurseries"  on the Histórias Clínicas program - March 2020
Joana Baleia participated in a conversation, for channel S+, about "How to keep a healthy diet during quarantine" - March 2020

A future for the world's children? A WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission

The WHO–UNICEF–Lancet Commission lays the foundations for a new global movement for child health that addresses  two crises:

CLIMATE EMERGENCY that is rapidly undermining the future survival of all species, and the likelihood of a world in which all children enjoy their right to health.

PREDATORY COMMERCIAL EXPLOITATION that is encouraging harmful and addictive activities that are extremely deleterious to young people’s health.

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