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The selfregulationlab at Utrecht University ( ) is part of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and participates in the multidisciplinary Future Food research focus area at Utrecht University ( The research at the lab focuses on how people can regulate their eating behavior taking into account specific environmental influences. Key Staff: Prof.Denise T.DE RIDDER



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Netherlands Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) 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. Key Staff: Wanda BEMELMANS



The Schools for Health in Europe (SHE) network was founded in 1992 and aims to support organisations and professionals to further develop and sustain school health promotion in each country by providing the European platform for school health promotion. The network is coordinated by CBO, as a WHO Collaborating Centre for School        Health Promotion. HEPCOM: The online learning platform that helps to increase the number and quality of local community and school interventions for promoting healthy eating and physical activity among children and young people throughout Europe. Key Staff: Goof BUIJS




Founded in 1981, the Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology (BIPS) is one of the oldest interdisciplinary epidemiological institutes in Germany, now also a competence centre for statistics, data management, standardisation and quality control, with a longstanding expertise in planning, coordinating and conducting multi-centre, large-scale epidemiological studies at the European level, as well as in the implementation and evaluation of primary prevention programmes. Our research interests focus in biometry, epidemiology, prevention and drug safety, and our mission is to identify causes of disease in the population, and to develop new concepts for disease prevention, aiming to inform the general public about health risks, and to contribute to a healthy living environment. Key Staff: Prof. Wolfgang ARHENS


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The Bulgarian Association for the Study of Obesity and Related Diseases (BASORD)  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. Key Staff: Prof. Svetoslav HANDJIEV


EPODE International Network (EIN) is a not for profit, non-governmental organisation that seeks to support childhood obesity-prevention programmes across the world, via best practice sharing and capacity building. The name EPODE comes from “Ensemble Prévenons l’Obésité Des Enfants” / “Together Let’s Prevent Childhood Obesity”. EIN is a contribution to the response to the need and demand from the global community in the fight against childhood obesity and Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), through sustainable and large-sale Community Based Programmes (CBPs) for childhood obesity prevention. In December, up to 42 CBPs from 35 countries are part of the EIN. Key Staff: Dr Jean-Michel BORYS



 Strategic Social Marketing Ltd (SSM) is a company that specialises in developing behavioral strategies designed to increase social wellbeing. SSM  works on a regular basis with WHO and ECDC and many other governmental, NGO’s and private companies to promote social good and develop effective and efficient social programmes. Key Staff: Prof. Jeff FRENCH



 Zaragoza University (Department Name: Genud Group) 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. GENUD published 155 international papers in the last 5 years and coordinated the HELENA project. Currently, participates in projects such as IDEFICS, EPODE, TOYBOX, etc. Key Staff: Prof. Dr. Luis A. MORENO AZNAR