Saturday 20th May 2017

Tackling Obesity Together

Wednesday, 10th May, 2017
10:00 – 16:30
Stanhope Hotel
Brussels, Belgium


09:15 – 10.00 Badge Collection and Pre-Event Networking
10:00 – 10:10 Opening Session: Welcome and Introductions
Chairman: John Bowis, Former Minister of Health and Member of the European Parliament, UK
Leen Meulenbergs, Representative to the EU, World Health Organization
Wojciech Kalamarz, Head of Unit, Health Determinants and Inequality, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
10:10 – 11:10 Session I: The Need for Obesity Strategies
A Patient Perspective
Marina Biglia, Member of the Patient Council, EASO, Italy
The Complex Systems Problem of Obesity
Harry Rutter, Public Health Physician, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
The Importance of Treatment Strategies
Volkan Yumuk, Member of the Executive Board, EASO
How to Develop Nutritional Strategies
Maria Hassapidou, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece
Plenary discussion
11:10 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 Session II: Lessons Learned from Existing Strategy Examples
Effective Strategies: Lessons from Switzerland
Nathalie Farpour-Lambert, President-Elect, EASO
Effective Strategies: Lessons from Ireland
Ivan Perry, Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland
Effective Strategies: Lessons from the Netherlands
Lideke Middelbeek, Senior Advisor, JOGG Programme, the Netherlands
How to Develop an Effective Treatment Strategy
Volkan Yumuk, Member of the Executive Board, EASO, Turkey
Plenary discussion
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 14:30 Session III: Challenges and Opportunities
Labelling Systems
Stephanie Bodenbach, Directorate E — Food and Feed Safety, Innovation, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Tax Options
Jørgen Dejgaard Jensen, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
The Importance of Health Promotion on Regional and Municipal Level
Birgitta Sacrédeus, Chairperson, Interregional Group on Health and Wellbeing, European Committee of the Regions
Integrating Obesity Policy in Different Sectors
Jaap Seidell, Professor Nutrition and Health, Department of Health Sciences, Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Plenary discussion
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:20 Session IV: The Way Ahead
How to Develop PA Strategies
Pedro Teixeira, Director of the national Physical Activity Promotion Programme, Ministry of Health, Portugal
The Challenges of Engaging with Industry
Cécile Knai, Associate Professor of Public Health Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Netherlands Policy Perspective on the Way Forward at EU Level
Henk Reinen, Head of Unit, Department of Nutrition, Health Protection and Prevention, Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Working Together: Co-Creation of Policy Questions
Wojciech Kalamarz, Head of Unit, Health Determinants and Inequality, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Plenary discussion
16:20 – 16:30 Concluding Remarks
16:30 – 17:00 Networking Reception