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Thursday, 09 June 2022 16:51

Policy symposium live-stream

Live-stream of plenary session on Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies

The main plenary session of the symposium on „Future directions for nutrition and physical activity policies to prevent NCDs across Europe” (14-16 June in Brussels) will be streamed live!

Main plenary session

"Nutrition and physical activity policies - Benchmarking, best practice and potential“

on Wednesday 15th June from 1:30 to 5:00 pm CEST

View the live session at


Thursday, 09 June 2022 16:41

Policy symposium on NCD prevention

Policy symposium "Future directions for nutrition and physical activity policies to prevent NCDs across Europe" 14.-16. June in Brussels

Obesity is a chronic, relapsing, multifactorial disease, and the main risk factor for several other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).  The growing burden of NCDs are the leading cause of global mortality killing 41 million people each year. Successful policy actions to address physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and sedentary behaviours, key risk factors for NCDS can improve the health and wellbeing of populations and reduce premature mortality. The Joint Action (JA) Best-ReMaP, projects CO-CREATE, PEN and STOP aim to contribute to understanding how to achieve successful policy implementation at different cultural, demographic, or socioeconomic levels.

Monday, 31 January 2022 11:14

PEN ECN webinar

The PEN Early Careers Network (ECN) invites to its next webinar on Tuesday 8th February, 4pm (UK/Irish time)

Presentation 1: Stakeholders experiences of developing and implementing policies and environmental interventions to promote active travel - Emma Lawlor, University of Cambridge, UK

Presentation 2: Policies and practices reconnecting children to nature - Deepti Adlakha, Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) & Bria Sledge, NLI, NC State University, USA


This webinar is open to all early career professionals, you do not need to be a PEN ECN member to join. 

Please register in advance here.


Monday, 01 November 2021 13:53

PEN Food-EPI report for Poland

The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI): Poland

The report summarizes the results of the Food-EPI index implementation in Poland. Our survey tried to answer 2 basic questions:

The Food-EPI is a methodological framework for the systematic collection, analysis and international comparison of policy frameworks that influence nutrition at the population level is available at the PEN website.

Monday, 11 October 2021 13:41

PEN Symposia at ISPAH

2 PEN symposia at the 8th International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Congress, October 12 to 14, 2021.


Monday, 04 October 2021 11:02

PEN ECN webinar

The PEN Early Careers Network (ECN) invites to its next webinar on Tuesday 19th October, 10:00-10:45 CEST

Webinar title: A Career Pathways Seminar

Speaker: Professor Nanna Lien, leader of the research group in Public Health Nutrition at the Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo.

Monday, 27 September 2021 09:33

PEN Food-EPI reports: new documents available

New summaries of the Food-EPI reports at EU level and from the Netherlands (Dutch and English) are available

Summaries of following reports can be downloaded from the PEN website:

  • Report “The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI): European Union. An assessment of EU-level policies influencing food environments and priority actions to create healthy food environments in the EU”
  • Report “The Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI): The Netherlands. An assessment of national governmental policies affecting the food environment in the Netherlands and policy actions for creating a healthy food environment”. The summary is available in Dutch and English.

Last webinar of the series: "Road to the future: what is the next exit for childhood obesity?" on Tuesday 28th September at 1:00 pm CEST

Four European projects STOP, CO-CREATE, JA Best-ReMaP and PEN addressing the global childhood obesity epidemic join efforts!

Friday, 24 September 2021 10:26

Interview with Prof Wolfgang Ahrens

Within the World Café collaboration, the World Obesity Federation interviewed Prof Wolfgang Ahrens (BIPS) coordinator of the Policy Evaluation Network - PEN

The interview focuses on the prevalence of childhood obesity across Europe and the barriers to addressing this problem. Prof Ahrens also talks about how is the Policy Evaluation Network evaluating policy measures to promote a healthy diet and physical activity in Europe and how has the cross-collaboration with the STOP, CO-CREATE, and JA Best-ReMAP projects strengthened the efforts in doing so.

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