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To be able to tackle obesity epidemics on a large scale and to increase the scope of financial and human resources that can be mobilised, the EIN works closely with many partners.

Scientific Partners

Through its European projects, EPHE and OPEN, the EIN works with various scientific partners who support the roll-out of projects by providing expertise in the field of research and obesity.

EPHE Project

EPODE for the Promotion of Health Equity is a project co-funded by the EU that seeks to understand whether the implementation of the EPODE methodology can have a positive effect on reducing health inequalities linked to diet and physical activity behaviours. The 3-year project, running from 2012 to 2015, focuses on tailoring specific interventions to the reality in the field, which vary between the 7 EU countries involved.

OPEN Project

OPEN stands for “Obesity Prevention through the European Network”.

The OPEN project will see 13 Community-Based Programmes (CBPs) benefit from tailored support to extend their work to reduce childhood obesity by 2016. The 3-year project has 2 objectives:

To strengthen and scale up 13 existing CBPs in Europe, in terms of methodology and scope of action.

To broaden the target group of the CBPs to include adolescents, particularly from socially deprived areas.

The OPEN project is co-funded by the European Commission and by the EPODE International Network, thanks to a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation.

Windesheim University

Windesheim University is a research centre for prevention of overweight in Zwolle (OPOZ). Its main goal is to support and carry out research in developing, implementing and evaluating Zwolle’s healthy city programme.

University of Porto

Aculdade de Ciências da Nutrição e Alimentação da Universidade do Porto (FCNAUP) is the only Portuguese public university institution totally devoted to Human Nutrition. FCNAUP has one of the highest publication rates at the University of Porto by PhD holders FTE (Full Time Equivalents).


The Bulgarian association for the study of obesity and related diseases was established in 1995. BASORD brings together specialists in internal medicine, gastroenterology, cardiology, endocrinology, surgery, general practitioners as well as dieticians certified in the field of obesity and related diseases.

University of Zaragoza

GENUD is a consolidate Research Group involved in several European financed projects regarding lifestyles, social inequalities, growth and development in children and adolescents. GENUD has experience in social marketing, key element due to the strategies used for the reduction of health inequalities.

Gent University

A research niche with a multidisciplinary scope within the Department of Public Health, it unites expertise from medicine, biomedical and nutrition sciences, epidemiology, public health, health economy and local politics.

Portuguese Directorate General for Health

The Directorate-General of Health (DGS) is a public body of the Ministry of Health that positions itself as a reference for all those who think and operate in the healthcare field.

Agricultural University of Athens

 Since 1920, the Agricultural University of Athens has been making valuable contributions to Greek and European agricultural and economic development, by conducting basic and applied research in the agricultural sciences & engineering and by producing high quality graduates as well as cutting edge scientific knowledge

Universitatea de Medecina si Farmacie

GR.T.POPA Din IASI: One of the oldest higher educational establishments in ROMANIA was founded in 1879 as the Faculty of Medicine, and was later associated with two institutions that complement medical training area: the faculties of pharmacy and dentistry.


The International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA) is a global platform open to organizations working within the field of sport for all, recreational sports and physical activity. Created in 1995, ISCA is today a global actor closely cooperating with its 130 member organizations, international NGOs, and public and private sector stakeholders. Its 40 million individual members from 65 countries represent a diverse group of people active within youth, sport and cultural activities.

VU University Medical Center

 The VU University Medical Center Amsterdam is the university hospital affiliated with VU University Amsterdam.

Utrecht University

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University has evolved into a modern and leading institution with a growing international reputation. Utrecht University conducts fundamental and applied research in a wide array of disciplines. Its wide-ranging research provides an inspiring basis for multidisciplinary research inside and outside the University.

Strategic Social Marketing Ltd.

Strategic Social Marketing Ltd. works to help people apply and integrate learning and skills from across different sectors and disciplines. Their goal is to help organisations establish strong citizen-focused and evidence-driven strategies, designed to influence and sustain positive behaviours.

Netherlands Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment is a Dutch research institute and an independent agency of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. RIVM promotes public health and a safe living environment by conducting research and collecting knowledge worldwide.


The following institutions support the work of EIN and the implementation of CBPs worldwide.


The aim of the Pan American conferences is to undertake a technical consultation on obesity prevention in order to identify specific interventions that can be applied to the Americas. The EIN is invited to the conferences to present and meet with multi-sector experts from different fields in order to work together to identify best ways to prevent childhood obesity.

The International Diabetes Federation

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 230 national diabetes associations in 170 countries and territories. IDF’s mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

British Medical Association

The British Medical Association (BMA) is the professional association and registered trade union for doctors in the United Kingdom.


DG SANTE is the European Commission (EC) Directorate General for Health and Food Safety, dedicated to making Europe a healthier, safer place, where citizens can be confident that their interests are protected. It aims to protect and improve public health, ensure Europe’s food is safe and wholesome, protect the health and welfare of farm animals and protect the health of crops and forests.



The Belgian Association for the Study of Obesity (BASO) was founded in 1988 with the aim to promote scientific research on obesity.

World Obesity

World Obesity is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve global health by promoting the understanding of obesity and weight-related diseases through scientific research and dialogue, whilst encouraging the development of effective policies for their prevention and management


EASO promotes the study of obesity as well as facilitating and engaging in actions that reduce the burden of unhealthy excess weight in Europe through prevention and management.

Trust for America’s Health

Trust for America’s Health is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority.


The MEND Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire children, families and adults to lead and sustain fitter, healthier and happier lives.

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a CEO-led organization, is a national, multi-year effort designed to help reduce obesity–especially childhood obesity–by 2015. It’s a first-of-its kind coalition that brings together more than 255 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants, sporting goods and insurance companies, trade associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and professional sports organizations.


C3 Collaborating for Health believes that only by working together can we make it easier to be healthy. Therefore, C3 works with many different people and organisations to promote 3 behaviour changes: stopping smoking, eating a better diet and increasing physical activity.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions

America vs Obesidad

America vs Obesidad is a regional contest, seeking to promote health to combat obesity by bringing together many programmes from different countries across Latin America.

CO-OPS Collaboration

CO-OPS is an initiative funded by the Australian Government and the link between research, policy and practice to ensure best practice and ongoing cooperation in the promotion of healthy eating, regular physical activity and healthy weight as key factors to help prevent obesity and other chronic diseases. The aim is to support community-based obesity prevention initiatives around Australia by providing advice, promoting best practice, disseminating and translating knowledge and by offering networking opportunities.


The Excellence in Pediatrics (EiP) Institute is a not-for-profit organisation that unites paediatric healthcare professionals to improve child healthcare globally. EiP shares the latest best-practice and advice with its 3,500 member and 45,000 followers to better prepare frontline pediatricians and healthcare professionals to advise the children and families they support.


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