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Shape UpTowards a European school network to impact the determinants of child obesity at the community level

Project: Research


  • Department of Curriculum Research
  • Miljø- og sundhedspædagogik
  • PAU Education (Partner)
  • ABCitta (Partner)
  • Schulen ans Netz (Partner)
  • University or Hull (Partner)
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The overall aim of the project is to research and to develop new and innovative strategies to deal with the complex issue of obesity and overweight among young people. The key elements in the project are: A dialogue-oriented and participatory approach (as opposed to 'top down' as well as to 'bottom up') with the focus on the interplay between professionals and young people, where young people's own concepts and concerns make up important drivers for the processes. Young people are viewed as active change agents, with the competencies to initiate health promoting changes in their own lives, the school, the family and the local community. The school is therefore considered as an important and influential partner in relation to the development of the local community. Many different partners and stakeholders from school and community collaborate with and support young people in the project. A health concept which embraces 'absence of disease' as well as 'quality of life'. Consequently, the issue of 'healthy food' involves nutritional, aesthetical, social as well as food-production elements. All these elements need to be included in a genuine dialogue with young people to help to increase their own involvement and ownership. The project is an international collaboration; project participants are selected cities from all EU countries participate together with a number of high level competence centres in the field.  The 'IVAC' approach is a key element in the local processes. This approach emphasizes the importance of young people's own Investigations, their Visions and their Actions in order to facilitate health promoting Changes as crucial parts of their learning processes. The project, which is supported by The European Commission and "Kraft", is coordinated by DPU and PAU Education in Barcelona. Six European Competence Centers as well as 26 cities in 25 European countries are involved.
Effective start/end date01/01/200601/07/2009

    Research areas

  • obesity, health promotion, young people's participation, local intervention, schools, community, health education

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