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Sep.15.2014

EPODE International Network

EIN: Supporting and facilitating prevention programmes

The EPODE International Network (EIN), a not-for-profit organisation created in April 2011, believes that the rising trend of overweight and obesity is entirely reversible. And that together, using the Community approach, we can prevent it.
The network supports organisations that want to implement or that are already implementing Community-Based Programmes based on the EPODE methodology for obesity and non-communicable disease.
Community-Based Programmes are an essential part of the long-term solution for preventing obesity and promoting healthy active lifestyles. They also have positive effects on the environment, economy and social cohesion.

Changing perceptions
Community-Based Programmes gradually change perceptions, the micro-environment (e.g. homes, schools, neighbourhoods etc.) and the macro-environment (education, governments, the food industry and society’s belief). The goal is to have a sustainable impact on the community and on the individual.
This is why EIN supports initiatives and programmes, as well as organisations to implement a whole community approach. What’s more, individual programmes are supported in scaling up to a community-based EPODE programme.
EIN optimizes the effectiveness of obesity prevention programmes around the world by:
• Advocating for increased political attention to obesity prevention
• Encouraging expansion of the scientific evidence relating to obesity prevention
• Facilitating information-sharing between programmes
• Generating global visibility for the EPODE approach and the members of EIN
• Fostering links between relevant stakeholders across the public and private sectors.

This support is possible thanks to the three supporting platforms:

1) Expert Committee

2) Public-Private Partnership

3) Minister’s Club