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  • THAO Healthy Summer Campus
    of its private partner DKV Seguros together with the collaboration of the municipalities In this framework a day in the campus always starts with a healthy breakfast to highlight the importance of starting a day full of activities properly The children also have the opportunity to play a wide range of sports and other physical activities all the while having fun and learning the value of the team spirit and solidarity Each day to refreshen and have fun during the hot summer the children participate in several water activities in the swimming pools of the towns involved see article on the current Thao Season In addition to the time dedicated to sports during the whole summer each camp proposes a wide range of recreational and cultural activities through creative workshops juggling painting cooking etc and visits to the most interesting sites in the town Indeed one of the objectives of the THAO Campus is to promote children s curiosity and to provide information regarding their own region and town To complete a day at Campus Thao one hour at the end of the afternoon is dedicated to summer homework and the review of the contents of the school programme for the upcoming year This innovative initiative involving children and their families involves the mobilization of the local stakeholders who support the THAO programme all year long schools NGOs municipal infrastructures and breathes energy into the programme during the summer This first year 5 towns are involved but we can easily imagine that more and more cities will implement the THAO Campus in the years to come see also the interview of a local project manager Maria Eugenia Jimenez from Alcobendas town For more information on THAO Campus click here RECORDS SELECT MONTH DATE ARCHIV NEWS DATE ARCHIV NEWS DATE ARCHIV

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  • Update on the last THAO season promoting fish consumption
    activity or nutrition while maintaining the overall campaign in the spotlight all year long see also the interview of the Central Coordinator Julie Bodin The current THAO Season is entitled Blub Blub Blub Sumérgete en un mar de salud which when translated litteraly means Blub Blub Blub Dive into a healthy sea The message of this season promotes fish and and seafood consumption with its diverse products 3 to 4 times a week and emphasises the advantages of these under consumed products ie proteines vitamins A D E and B12 Omega 3 fatty acid Moreover foreseeing the summer season the THAO central coordination also developed specific communication tools related to this general theme focusing on physical activity and providing ideas for fun physical activities possible at the seaside Here below you will find the poster created for this second part of the season It describes the different needs and levers according to the age from 1 to 12 years old to practice a daily physical activity Thus for example it highlights the importance of physical activity for children aged 4 to 6 years in the development of their mobility and their balance On this subject see also EEN Committee Methods and Social Marketing and the Interview of the MSM Research leader As mentioned the second important novelty in the THAO programme is the launch of the Thao Early Childhood a specific pilot programme targeting early aged children and their families For this purpose the coordination team developed new tools to sensibilize the families around their children from 0 to 3 years old specific needs This was achieved through the conception and creation of information leaflets and action sheets to organize workshops in the kindergartens for example see leaflet for families below With respect to the tools provided for new seasons

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  • THAO Programme and its specifities
    came as a model of i ntegration between national coordination and municipal leadership aimed at promoting healthier lifestyle and preventing childhood obesity through the development of a long term community based intervention From 5 pilots towns in 2006 96 towns are implementing THAO programme nowadays see also the interview of the Prof Varela from the Spanish Nutritionist Foundation The specificities of THAO Programme One asset of the EPODE methodology is its transferability As the programme was growing it was important to adapt it step by step to the Spanish and Mediterranean context Since the beginning there has been a will of the THAO central coordination to adopt an emotional approach and actions using fun pleasure and culturally specific communication towards the children and their families supported by adapted tools and messages To sum up the THAO programme is based on three key dimensions Action Evaluation and Communication As regards the impact evaluation to date the central coordination under the guidance of its expert committee is trying to complement BMI measurements by the analysis of the waist circumference 20000 children and the monitoring of the food and physical activity habits It is also important to develop other indicators e g in the environment of families such as urban planning parameters informing on the opportunities in favor of active transport in the community In order to benefit from a good and global evaluation of the programme the central coordination team is working on the development of a Thao evaluation protocol with a committee made up of experts and members of the Computense University and the San Pablo CEU University from Madrid and the University of Santiago de Compostela see also the interview of a THAO expert Gemma Carreras The evaluation is always in progress and there is a lot to learn from the field For that reason in the framework of our process monitoring the central coordination team is leading a qualitative research in several cities with key local stakeholders to know their perception and satisfaction about the programme see also EEN Committee on Scientific Evaluation and Dissemination and interview of the SED Committee Research leader Achievements of the programme and further expectations One important achievement is the acknowledgment and the notoriety of the programme among the scientific community the institutions and the political representatives In this respect THAO programme received last year the price for Health Culture 2010 from the Association of Health Education Another important signal is the continuous deployment of the THAO cities network from 5 pilot towns there are now 96 towns implementing the programme Beside that the coordination team is working on the development of new technologies and the use of social networks to serve the programme s objectives As a result three tools have been designed one is a resource centre gathering a description of all the best in class actions implemented locally so that they can be shared among all the project managers through the THAO website the second one is a web application to

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  • PAIDEIATROFI Programme and its specificities
    of an independent expert committee gathering a paediatrician a physical activity specialist etc see also filmed interviews of PAIDEIATROFI actors on the EEN website As central coordination of the PAIDEIATROFI programme the team promotes the involvement of multiple stakeholders at national level Thus it is valuable for a health prevention programme to benefit from an institutional endorsement and the support of the private and public entities Nevertheless even if the government s administration has changed in the last three years the programme is still endorsed by various ministries Barriers overcome for a sustainable implementation The first important step in adapting the EPODE Methodology at a national level has been to mobilize sustainable resources at central level In PAIDEIATROFI this has been achieved through the support of corporate partners In Greece private companies are not necessarly used to developing their corporate social responsabilities therefore it was difficult at first to convince them to support a long term programme like PAIDEIATROFI It was a step by step work with the help of the European Coordination and their experience in raising levers for such partnerships see also EEN Committee on Public Private Partnership and interview of the PPP Research leader in french At local level the funding is essentially provided by the local authority for materials dissemination organization of dedicated activities and events etc and possibly complemented by local private partners shop owners local producers etc It is important to highlight the contribution and the work of the local stakeholders and more particularly of the local project manager to the improvement of citizens behaviours children s wellbeing and more broadly to the development of their community It is key to motivate them to continue their efforts and involve local actors in the evaluation process and the dissemaintion of the results see interview of

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  • PAIDEIATROFI Focus: Actions in towns to promote vegetable consumption
    centre The answer is yes since pupils from all local schools participated to the exhibition that showcased art works focused on or even made of vegetables In Stavroupoli the local team organised interactive workshops in the local kindergartens Children and their parents participating to these activities were informed about the benefits of vegetables consumption and received practical advice on how to incorporate them to their everyday consumption The local PAIDEITAROFI team of Kifissia invited the children to participate to a Vegetable feast where they had the opportunity to listen to stories starring peppers and green beans to sing about the love between Mrs Tomato and Mr Onion and to practice physical activity playing a game called Hot Potato In Argiroupoli more than 500 pupils were gathered at the Town Hall in order to participate at workshops around vegetables learning the kinds of vegetables Ancient Greeks consumed the benefits they provide and their trip from seed to plate Furthermore children had the opportunity to cook with the help of a famous chef and to practice vegetable curving creating nutritious sculptures made of aubergines and pumpkins The schoolyards of the local elementary schools in Maroussi were transformed into vegetable gardens where the children along with their teachers and specialized agriculturists planted vegetables seeds and plants From now on the pupils of Maroussi will be taking good care of their very own garden and come be in contact with fresh vegetables In Korinthos for one whole day the main commercial pedestrian street was transformed into a huge open air market Each school was responsible for the promotion of a different vegetable having its own stall and fresh products The children offered vegetables to the passersby along with smiles leaflets and delicious recipe suggestions The PAIDEIATROFI local team rewarded the hard working merchants with

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  • Feedback on the 2nd PAIDEIATROFI Annual Congress
    Director of the EPODE European Network while Ms Helena Stamou and Mrs Cristiana Pavlidou Scientific Advisor of the programme respectively presented the activities of the programme at national and local level and also announced the first BMI measurements results of the PAIDEIATROFI towns The scientific dimension of the programme was analysed by Dr Neni Pervanidou Paediatrician at Children s Hospital Agia Sofia and by Dr Yannis Kiriazis Pathologist at Asklipiion Hospital both members of the PAIDEIATROFI independent National Scientific Committee The local government was represented by the local Project Managers of Perama Galatsi and Kalymnos They presented the local goals activities and challenges of the implementation of PAIDEIATROFI at their respective towns The second part of the Congress focused on the new PAIDEIATROFI theme Simple Cheap and Healthy Nutrition Mrs Cristiana Pavlidou announced the key messages and aims of this theme while Mr Evaggelos Zoumpaneas nutritionist dietician presented the results of a research conducted by the scientific group diatrofi regarding the influence of the new financial conditions to the lifestyle and nutritional habits of the Greek population Then the journalist and writer Mr Costas Stoforos used an entertaining presentation to foster both children and adults to return to self cooked and home made food Executive Chef Kiriakos Melas suggested simple ways to create haute cuisine dishes with simple and inexpensive products Finally the President of the Pan Hellenic Dieticians Association Mr Grigoris Risvas explained the main principles of the Mediterranean Diet while Mrs Anna Verouli and Mr Nikos Michalopoulos athletes professors of physical training and children books writers pointed out the importance of physical activity for all the family members and suggested creative and innovative ideas for simple cheap and healthy physical activities The Congress was attended by more than 150 participants coming from various sectors such as health professionals

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  • Update on the last VIASANO campaigns promoting a better sleep and water consumption
    by the International Narcotics Control Board INCB revealed that Belgian citizens are the biggest consumers of sleeping pills and statistics are impressive 21 of Belgian citizens have sleep disorders and 10 take sleeping pills This background led the VIASANO programme to implement a campaign on the importance of sleep during the 2nd semester of 2010 It has been entitled Sleep well stay healthy VIASANO developed this campaign to raise awareness of the population on this issue By coordinating actions on the field see article and disseminating key messages through stimulating communication tools poster letter to health professionals pedagogical kits sleeping tests the campaign broadly encouraged the population to reflect on their sleep needs and to observe a natural sleeping rate This campaign was also the opportunity to provide information to adults about sleep apnoea a much misunderstood cardiovascular risk factor Sleep promotion could seem to take an opposite direction to previous themes promoting physical activity but is indeed complementary echoes recent studies on childhood obesity prevention The sleeping test is based on the Epworth sleepiness scale intended to measure daytime sleepiness with the use of a very short questionnaire Current campaign For the first semester of 2011 the new V IASANO campaign promotes water consumption The local VIASANO teams have already attended the training seminar organized by the VIASANO central coordination team and have received the toolkit for this theme e g see poster below The key messages and the toolkit have been developed at central level with the guidance of the expert committee Sometimes inspired from experiences of other EPODE programmes such as OPAL South Australia many events and celebrations around water and beverages are scheduled in the upcoming months in the VIASANO towns References 1 Kripke DF et al Arch Gen Psychiatry 1979 36 1 2 National Sleep

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  • VIASANO Programme and its specificities
    The programme is endorsed by public institutions several scientific associations societies and leagues and receives support from private partners Ferrero Unilever Health Institute Orangina Schweppes Belgium VIASANO also benefits from the guidance of a multidisciplinary talented and motivated expert committee which helps to bring the programme to success and recognition Belgian specificities From two pilot towns in 2007 we are now coordinating seven towns spread in both the French speaking and the Flemish Communities This is also what makes the VIASANO programme so peculiar and interesting Indeed Belgium is a federal state with political power distributed at three levels Federal Government Communities and Regions It means that each community has its own specificities including in terms of official nutritional recommendations For this matter we work with scientific experts from both communities and our team adapts the VIASANO campaigns according to these specificities The development of a new campaign is also participative and includes feedback from the local project managers in order to stick to their local reality and culture Each campaign can then be adapted on the field via the organization of tailored activities e g in deprived areas regrettably more at risk of presenting high obesity prevalence Creating opportunities to share experiences and overcome challenges The second annual VIASANO congress was held in Hasselt in November 2010 The congress is a great opportunity to promote interactions between actors from all sectors to share experiences and discuss challenges to overcome It also gives the opportunity to highlight a particular topic in 2010 the management of the environment in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle The congress represents also the moment for the local project managers to feel that they belong to a community of people working together in the same direction Moreover being part of an international network is very

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