Socio-economic disparity affects the prevalence of non-communicable diseases. Populations of lower socio-economic status are more likely to develop non-communicable diseases and suffer greater exposure to related risk factors, while rates of obesity are also higher and are increasing more rapidly among these groups.
In response, in 2012 the EPHE (EPODE for the Promotion of Health Equity) project was launched, aiming to reduce socio-economic inequities linked to health-related behavior of families in 7 European countries over three years.
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Obesity is preventable in all populations.
That's what the EPODE pilot study demonstrated from 1992 to 2004 in the North of France by taking a series of coordinated societal measures, slowing down the obesity trend and enhancing a healthy active lifestyle among children.
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EPODE enables communities to implement effective and sustainable strategies to prevent childhood obesity. Its philosophy includes a positive, step-by-step approach, without any stigmatisation, tailored to the needs of all socio-economic groups.
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EPHE brings together many different actors in order to achieve our objectives. Click on the icons below to learn more about the roles of each participating actor.
A Community-Based Programme is an organized programme within the community which carries out « interventions » or actions in its schools and family settings with the community at large. Political endorsement and multi-stakeholder support is crucial.Learn more
The EPHE Scientific Advisory Board is composed of representatives from European universities, experts in the fields of physical activity and nutrition.Learn more
The European Union is a funding partner of the EPHE project. The endorsement of this body is significant as it underlines the credibility of the project and facilitates its outcomes dissemination across Europe.
Public-Private Partnerships is one of the pillars of the EPODE Methodology at local and central level. Discover more about the EPHE co-funding partners and their rules of engagement.Learn more
The EPHE project works with 7 European cities from
7 Community-Based Programmes to conduct its pilot-life study.
Click on the map to find more information, watch videos on activities, stakeholders’ interviews and scroll through photo libraries of each partner.
20 cities, activating 815.000 inhabitantsView Project
3 regions in the Capital Sofia, stimulating over 5.000 primary school childrenView Project
8 cities extending to 38.932 inhabitantsView Project
9 PAIDEIATROFI towns, reaching out to 30.000 children and their familiesView Project
More than 75 cities, reaching over 1 million people (including + 300.000 children!) and enabling them to make healthy lifestyle choicesView Project
School-based programme in the Municipality of the city Maia, promoting healthy eating habits and lifestyle to over 8.000 school childrenView Project
252 schools in Bucharest, involving over 94.500 students, along with their familiesView Project
In order to measure the evolution in terms of behavior change as a result of the EPHE interventions, 3 key stages to the evaluation process were devised.
All data collected is self-reported.Facts & Figures
This web platform is the result of the European project, "EPODE for the Promotion of Health Equity" (EPHE, agreement number: 2007327). This project has received funding from the European Union, in the framework of the Health Programme.
The EPHE project is also co-funded by private partners that have committed to the EU platform on diet, physical activity and health and signed a commitment charter for the project.