menu ☰
menu ˟

The EPODE European Network


EPODE European Network

Subject Keywords: Initiative which aims to reduce childhood overweight and obesity using a methodology that places primary prevention at the heart of each town and city's networks
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Chronic Conditions
Type: Project
Region: Europe

The EPODE methodology, initiated and developed in France in 2004, is inspired by community and school-based interventions such as the Fleurbaix Laventie Ville Santé Study,(France), the North Karelia Programme (Finland), the Kiel Obesity Prevention Study (Germany) and the Colac Study (Australia). The EPODE initiative currently extends to 293 Europeans towns - 226 in France (EPODE programme), 38 in Spain (THAO programme), 16 in Belgium (VIASANO Programme), 13 in Greece (PAIDEIATROFI programme) and involves over 4 million inhabitants.The model consists of concrete initiatives, at both national and local levels, that foster better and more balanced eating habits and greater physical activity in everyday life. The EPODE methodology enables micro-changes within the ecological niche of children and their families, and of new educational schemes mobilizing local stakeholders within their daily activities. Families and individuals are thus encouraged to adopt healthier lifestyles in a sustainable way.



Rights: © Epode European Network
Suggested citation:

EPODE European Network. (2011) The EPODE European Network [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 15th October 2019].


View your saved citations and reading lists


Other partner websites
Click here to view all the resources gathered from this organisation's website.