The Umbria Region is small (900 thousand people) and has a prevalence of childhood overweight (26%) and obesity (9%) above the national mean, closer to that of southern Italy Regions. There is an efficient health surveillance system and an active health prevention network (in other sectors) that should be implemented to counteract childhood obesity.
The Epode Umbria Region Obesity Intervention Study (EUROBIS) was officially launched in February 2014. It is a Community based Program targeting 4-12 years old population (about 55,000 children). EUROBIS aims at implementing the Healthy Lifestyle Institute C.U.R.I.A.MO. model through the EPODE methodology. The CURIAMO model is a multidisciplinary approach to prevent and cure obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus based on three key components: 1) Exercise; 2) Nutrition, 3) Psychological support. The Healthy Lifestyle Institute C.U.R.I.A.MO. of Perugia University has a established scientific background in the fields of obesity, exercise and healthy nutrition. Key Umbria stake holders and decision makers are involved in the project with permanent structural interventions in different sectors.
EUROBIS program is expanding and implementing throughout the Umbria region. Several Municipalities are promoting EUROBIS activities throughout primary schools involving children, their parents and all the Community and promoting the adoption of healthier life styles. These activities have been already successfully performed such as: active transport, map of regional healthy trails and open air activities for families, intervention in all primary schools with exercise classes (Regional Law for the 2014-2018), monthly meetings with parents on healthy nutrition and psychological determinants of obesity, cooking classes for children and parents, global media communication strategy to fight childhood obesity including campaigns to promote healthy nutrition and regular exercise with a family based approach. More information on EUROBIS activities are available at www.eurobis.it.
EUROBIS Team Members consists of a Coordinator, a Project Manager, a Communication Officer, Dietitians, Pediatricians, Psychologists, Educators, Pedagogists, Exercise Physiologist, major local companies of food distribution, major sports federations, Regional school office, Umbria Region Health Prevention Dept., political decision makers for health prevention and welfare
Results achieved to date: healthier eating habits improved, increasing of fruits and vegetables consumption, more exercise with a consequent reduction of overweight in children monitored.
Challenges: EUROBIS has two main goals at two levels: a) for the regional intervention to reduce the raising obesity rates of Umbria’s children; b) for the clinical care intervention to reduce the obesity of children enrolled at the Healthy lifestyle Institute C.U.R.I.A.MO.
Moreover all the EPODE campaigns initiatives already experienced and still to be launched will be also implemented and tailored at a local level.
All these actions will be undertaken with the support of local political representatives (four key decision makers of Umbria Regional politics will be active part of the Steering Committee) and local stake-holders which will be fully involved into the EUROBIS as Steering Committee members .
EUROBIS’ Steering Committee
|University Sports Center – Perugia||http://www.cusperugia.it/principale.aspx|
|Italian National Olympic Committee of Umbria Region – CONI||http://umbria.coni.it/umbria.html|
|Football Academy for Youth||http://www.acperugiacalcio.com/perugia2014/index.php/2014-07-07-10-03-53/organigramma-giovanili.html|
|Italian union sport for all UISP||http://www.uisp.it/umbria2/|
|Umbria Region – Department for Health||http://www.regione.umbria.it/salute|
|Umbria Region – Department of Health Prevention, veterinary health and food safety||http://www0.regione.umbria.it/Mediacenter/FE/CategoriaMedia.aspx?idc=968|
|University of Perugia – Department of philosophy, social sciences, humanities and education||http://www.unipg.it/ateneo/organizzazione/dipartimenti/nuovi-dipartimenti-di-ateneo/dipartimento-di-filosofia-scienze-sociali-umane-e-della-formazione|
|University of Perugia – Department of Pediatrics||http://www.unipg.it/didattica/scuole-di-specializzazione/area-sanitaria|
|Umbria Region – Local Dept. for Health Prevention (Unit 1)||http://www.uslumbria1.gov.it/pagine/dipartimento-di-prevenzione|
|Umbria Region – Local Dept. of Pediatrics||http://www.uslumbria1.gov.it/servizi/medici-di-famiglia-e-pediatri-di-libera-scelta|
|Umbria Region – Local Dept. for Health Prevention (Unit 2)||www.uslumbria2.it|
|Umbria Region – Department of Tourism and Culture||http://www.regioneumbria.eu/|
|Umbria Region –Department for Welfare and Schools||http://www.assessoratowelfare.regione.umbria.it/|
|Laboratory of Ethology and Animal Welfare – University of Perugia||http://www.medvet.unipg.it/|
|Regional Hospital of Perugia||http://www.ospedale.perugia.it/|
|Umbria Region – Active Parks||http://www.parchi.regione.umbria.it/Mediacenter/FE/media/parchi-attivi-wwwparchiattiviit.html|
|Regional Education Office of Umbria Region||http://istruzione.umbria.it/|
|National Association of Italian Municipalities||http://www.anci.umbria.it/|
|Local Health and Cultural Associations|
|Italian Farmers Confederation of Umbria (Educational Farms)||http://www.ciaumbria.it/|
|Italian Association of Lions for Diabetes||http://www.aild.org/|
|Comics Academy of Perugia||http://www.bibliotecadellenuvole.it/|
|Gruppo Grifo Agroalimentare S.a.c.||http://www.grifolatte.it/|
|Coop Centro Italia||http://www.e-coop.it/coop-centro-italia|
|SIP – ITALIAN SOCIETY OF PEDIATRICS||http://sip.it/|
|SIO – Italian Society of Obesity||http://www.sio-obesita.org/|
|TEF CHANNEL – TV||http://www.tefchannel.it/mediacenter/FE/home.aspx|
A description of the EUROBIS Programme: A Combination of an EPODE Community-Based and a Clinical Care Intervention to Improve the Lifestyles of Children and Adolescents with Overweight or Obesity” was published and available at: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/2014/546262/
EUROBIS’ website and Social Networks addresses:·
– Website: www.eurobis.it
– Facebook https://www.facebook.com/eurobis.umbria
– Twitter https://twitter.com/Eurobis1
– Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/110749486532926220769/
– You Tube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQdgUzon_mJAtj_7tje9G-Q
Prof. Pierpaolo De Feo, Associate Professor of Endocrinology, University of Perugia.
Prof. De Feo is internationally recognized for his research activity on motivation to lifestyle change and the innovative use of exercise as therapeutic tool for obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Recently, he has joined the working group of WHO EUROPE on the 2015-2025 European Strategy for Physical Activity promotion. The scientific activity of Prof. De Feo is documented from 144 publications in the field of endocrinology and metabolism, published in prestigious international journals, with a total impact factor of 579, over 5500 citations and an H-index of 41.
EUROBIS Coordinator: Professor Pierpaolo De Feo