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EPODE model

Reducing child obesity: follow the guide

Reducing child obesity is a goal shared by many organisations around the world. EPODE is a model that enables community stakeholders to implement effective and sustainable strategies to prevent childhood obesity and NCDs at the local level. It acts as a guide, a framework on which members can run programmes to ensure the greatest long-term impact.

The model, called EPODE (from the French Ensemble, Prévenons l’Obésité des Enfants / Together Let’s Prevent Childhood Obesity), is an innovative methodology that enables the entire community (teachers, school catering, health professionals, parents, media…) to create a healthy environment that facilitates social change.

Over the years, the members of the EPODE International Network (EIN) have helped bodies around the world implement the model, providing examples of best practices and solutions to overcome challenges.

An investment in tomorrow

The EPODE model approaches the obesity challenge from a community level.

It notably promotes the involvement of multiple stakeholders at:
• A central level (ministries, health groups, NGOs and private partners)
• and the local level (political leaders, health professionals, families, teachers, local NGOs, and the local business community).

This integrated model ensures the greatest consistency with national legislation and offers a multi-pronged approach to implementation. The methodology was shaped over 5 years of pilot implementation in France in 10 towns, and is now being used in some 300 worldwide.

EIN believes that work done around children and nutrition and physical activity is an investment into the lives of tomorrow’s citizens. Childhood obesity prevention programmes looking to broaden their reach can benefit from the insights that EPODE model brings.