Tools & methods
  • European Commission Monitoring Project
    Project conducted between January 2008 and April 2011 to develop an information system in Europe for reporting policies and data on nutrition, physical activity and obesity, illustrating good practice, assessing the stage of policy development (including coordinating mechanisms) and of implementation in the 27 European Union Member States. (WHO/Europe )
  • Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey
    International alliance of researchers who collaborate in a survey of schoolchildren, collecting data every 4 years on the health, well-being, social environment and health behaviour of 11-, 13- and 15-year-old boys and girls. The data allow cross-national comparisons; with successive surveys, trends can be identified at both national and cross-national level. (WHO/Europe )
  • Obesity data portal
    The World Obesity Federation aims to lead and drive global efforts to reduce, prevent and treat obesity. The resources part of their website presents statistics that help in monitoring obesity trends and policies to combat them. (World Obesity Federation)
  • WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative
    Childhood obesity trends. (WHO/Europe)
  • Country work
    Country profiles of nutrition, physical activity and obesity; an overview of country data on a selected list of monitoring and surveillance indicators. (WHO/Europe)
  • European Charter on Counteracting Obesity
    To address the growing challenge posed by the epidemic of obesity to health, economies and development, the ministers and delegates attending the WHO European Ministerial Conference on Counteracting Obesity (Istanbul, Turkey, 15–17 November 2006) adopted the European Charter on Counteracting Obesity. (WHO/Europe)
  • Global recommendations on physical activity for health
    Primary prevention of noncommunicable diseases through physical activity at the population level for policy-makers at the national level (WHO)
  • Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health - tools
    Priorities for action in population-based prevention of childhood obesity. (WHO)
  • Good practice appraisal tool: for obesity prevention programmes, projects, initiatives and interventions
    For systematic assessment of the quality of programmes: based on criteria, the tool identifies programmes that can be considered good practice and can serve as examples for future initiatives to improve nutrition and physical activity or prevent obesity. The tool can be used to monitor and document the aspects of programmes that contribute to the effectiveness of an intervention and identify aspects for improvement. (WHO/Europe)
  • Mapping salt reduction initiatives in the WHO European Region
    Part of the work of the WHO European Salt Action Network: to reduce the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases, WHO recommends reducing salt intake by the general population as a cost-effective strategy. (WHO/Europe)
  • Nutrition, physical activity and the prevention of obesity
    Policy developments in the WHO European Region. (WHO/Europe)
  • Overview of implementation of statutory and
    WHO–European Community project on monitoring progress in improving nutrition and physical activity and preventing obesity in the European Union. (WHO/Europe)
  • Population-based approaches to childhood obesity prevention
    Overview of the types of childhood obesity prevention interventions that can be undertaken at the national, subnational and local levels; outlines guiding principles for developing a population-based childhood obesity prevention strategy and describes the approaches for population-based obesity prevention. (WHO)
  • The challenge of obesity in the WHO European Region and the strategies for response
    Major socioeconomic inequality in obesity has been reported in many countries in the Region, but, overall, little has been done to tackle the problem. Socioeconomic inequality in diet and sedentary lifestyles probably explain socioeconomic inequality in obesity. Changing the environment that promotes or prevents obesity could prevent obesity in disadvantaged groups, and future interventions and policies should be evaluated systematically for their effect on these groups. (WHO/Europe)
  • Vienna Declaration on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020
    WHO European Ministerial Conference on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020. (WHO/Europe)
  • WHO European Action Plan for Food and Nutrition Policy 2007–2012
    The Action Plan was developed through a series of consultations initiated at the European Ministerial Conference on Counteracting Obesity in 2006. (WHO/Europe)
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