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Sustainable prevention of obesity through integrated strategies

Objective

BACKGROUND
The prevalence of overweight and obesity in Europe is high and contribute to mortality and the burden of many chronic diseases, especially within groups of lower social-economic status. Obesity is largely determined by modifiable lifestyle dependent risk factors such as reduced physical activity, sedentary behaviour and an unhealthy diet. There is growing evidence that influences on individuals and their lifestyle should not only be addressed in single-level interventions that focus on a distinct individual, social or environmental aspect, but rather in community based multi-level intervention approaches (MIAs) that integrate individual, community, organisational, and societal systems.
OBJECTIVES
SPOTLIGHT aims to increase and combine knowledge on the wide range of determinants of obesity in a systematic way, and to identify MIAs that are strong in terms of Reach, Efficacy, Adoption, Implementation and Maintenance (RE-AIM). A further aim is to identify factors for successful implementation of MIAs into health promotion practice.
APPROACH
By combining published research and collected cross-European data with expert and target-group perspectives, effective, sustainable and implementable MIAs that counteract obesogenic behaviours in adults will be defined.
ACHIEVEMENTS
We will provide an evidence-based model for effective MIAs in health promotion practice applicable across Europe, and disseminate our findings by policy makers and the scientific community. We will develop a handbook with evidence- and practice-based instructions as well as practical recommendations for policies and interventions, suggestions and reference to best practice that serve as a major dissemination tool.
IMPACT
Through systematic dissemination of SPOTLIGHT outcomes, the project supports the development and implementation of effective MIAs by local authorities and public health practitioners in order to prevent obesity, reduce the social gradient, and so prevent the related chronic diseases.
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Coordinator

STICHTING VU

Address

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 Hv Amsterdam

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 749 471,12

Administrative Contact

Hans Brug (Prof.)

Participants (14)

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UNIVERSIDADE TECNICA DE LISBOA - UTL

Portugal

LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE ROYAL CHARTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 438 359,20

European Association for the Study of Obesity

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 90 936,80

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 143 340

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 184 440

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 131 126,40

UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 131 126,08

KOBENHAVNS PROFESSIONSHOJSKOLE

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 172 440

WORLD OBESITY FEDERATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 235 336,80

UNIVERSITE PARIS 13

France

EU Contribution

€ 450 359,20

BLOX GROUP VOF

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 56 336

DEBRECENI EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 96 199,20

UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 118 187,20

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 278186

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2012

  • End date

    29 February 2016

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 797 394,15

  • EU contribution

    € 2 997 658

Coordinated by:

STICHTING VU

Netherlands