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EIN grew from a local study to a global network of community based programmes and healthy active initiatives in just over ten years. In that time, it has accumulated considerable experience and built a wide network of health professionals and members of civil society that focus on the community-based approach to obesity prevention.


FLVS Study

To reduce growing rates of overweight and obesity, Dr Jean-Michel Borys carried out the FLVS study from 1992 to 2004. This school-based nutrition and education programme, carried out in two towns in the north of France, showed that the community-based approach was successful in substantially decreasing the prevalence of childhood obesity of 40% across all socio-economic levels.

The study became the basis for the development of the EPODE methodology.

FLVS Study

EPODE Methodology

In 2003, the EPODE model was designed as a coordinated, capacity-building approach to help communities change the local environment, behaviours and social norms so as to encourage healthy lifestyles.

EPODE enables community stakeholders to implement effective and sustainable strategies to prevent childhood obesity and NCDs at the local level.

EPODE Methodology

EPODE European Network

The EPODE European Network was launched in 2008 to facilitate the implementation of community-based interventions (CBIs) that use the EPODE methodology in other European countries, regions and cities.

It brought together best practices from pilot experiences from EPODE France, THAO and VIASANO to facilitate the set up and the implementation of EPODE-like CBIs.

EPODE European Network

EPODE International Network

Five years after the launch of the EPODE programme in France, the EPODE model was introduced into 7 additional programmes:

These developments laid the foundations for the EPODE International Network, created to allow the programmes to share experiences, failures and successes. Today the EPODE International Network counts 42 programmes in 29 countries.

EPODE European Network

EPODE for the Promotion of Health Equity (EPHE)

EPHE is a European project supported by the European Commission’s DG SANCO that has been running since 2012 and will continue until 2015. It analyses the added value of community-based approaches based on the EPODE methodology in order to reduce inequities associated with childhood obesity and related determinants. Seven different community-based programmes across Europe are participating in this project: (EPODE in France, HEALTHY KIDS in Bulgaria, JOGG in The Netherlands, Maia in Portugal, PAIDEIATROFI in Greece, SETS in Romania, VIASANO in Belgium)

EPODE European Network

Obesity Prevention through European Network (OPEN)

OPEN, which is supported by the European Commission (DG SANCO), aims to scale-up a minimum of 11 European Community-Based Programmes/Initiatives (CBPs/Is) that involve communities, in terms of the quality, number of actions and the diversity of the target groups. The aim is to reduce overweight and obesity among children and adolescents, including socially deprived groups.

This programme will run until 2017.

EPODE European Network