CO-CREATE Newsletter November 2021

Welcome to the seventh newsletter from CO-CREATE! 

In this edition, you can read about our first in person Dialogue Forum between young people and policy makers in Portugal, and plans for upcoming forums and other activties with youth – not the least our upcoming Youth Conference taking place in Oslo, Norway in March 2022!

Furthermore, you can learn more about celebrations for the 1st Birthday of WCRF’s MOVING database, a repository of global data on physical activity policy actions. CO-CREATE continues to join forces with EU-funded projects and other initiatives who share our ambition to curb the epidemic of childhood obesity. Read on to learn more!

We hope you enjoy these latest updates!
Calling Global Change Makers - Join us for the CO-CREATE Youth Conference, in Norway this March 2022!

This March 25th-27th 2022, the CO-CREATE Youth Conference will convene young people to discuss, support, and learn more about one another’s perspectives and turn youth-led policy ideas into action!

In addition to celebrating the ability to meet face-to-face three years after the ‘You(th) Matters’ conference, we will honour the crucial role that young people play in suggesting and promoting policies to support healthier food and physical activity environments.

Participants will be introduced to the policy ideas developed in the CO-CREATE Youth Alliances and the CO-CREATE Youth Declaration, participate in advocacy workshops, and learn more about how they can advocate for their demands. CO-CREATE also will seek feedback from young people on project processes’, acknowledging their crucial role in health policy and programme development and execution.

Do you want to join? You can apply for the CO-CREATE youth stipends by December 19th.

Learn more here.

CO-CREATE Dialogue Forums: on the road to 20

On September 20th, 2021, CO-CREATE youth met with policymakers, business leaders, and experts at the first in-person National Dialogue Forum in Cascais, Portugal to discuss three food and physical activity policy ideas that were developed by CO-CREATE youth in Portugal.

The Dialogue was co-organised by Youth Alliances in Portugal, Centre for Studies and Research in Social Dynamics and Health (CEIDSS), EAT, and the World Obesity Federation (WOF) and was funded by the CO-CREATE Youth Stipends. Through this Dialogue, participants committed to action and to supporting further development of the policy idea, mobilising youth, lobbying governments in favor of these policies, and disseminating the project and policy idea to broaden support. 

The next National Dialogue Forum will take place on November 20th, 2021, in Oslo, Norway focusing on policy ideas selected by the national youth organisation, PRESS, based on the interests and relevance of young people across the nation. Stay tuned for more updates! 

Click the button to read more!

More about CO-CREATE Portuguese Dialogue Forums!
WCRF MOVING database celebrates its first birthday!

In June 2021, the WCRF International’s MOVING physical activity policy database celebrated its 1st birthday with a week of social media activities using the hashtag #CelebrateMOVING.
In the last year, 406 policies from 21 countries have been found, including:
  1.  the Program Szkolny Klub Sportowy in Poland focusing on 60-minute training activities for primary and secondary school students 
  2.  the Cycle to Work scheme in the UK, an annual tax exemption that allows employers to loan cycles and cyclists' safety equipment to employees as a tax-free benefit. 
The MOVING policy database was launched in June 2020 alongside the redesigned NOURISHING policy database as part of the EU-funded CO-CREATE project. The database collects physical activity policy actions from around the world which are implemented on a national level and are currently in effect. Learn more about the experiences of WCRF International in building and populating the MOVING database -  what they’ve learnt on the way, what they’ve found and what lies ahead - here.

Recently, The MOVING benchmarking tool was presented at the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Virtual Congress 2021. Results of benchmarking physical activity policies from the 5 CO-CREATE countries were presented together with recommendations on how to improve the strength of the policies accessed. The tool is designed to be youth-friendly and will be used to benchmark physical activity policies from 27 European countries and South Africa.


Stronger together – CO-CREATE joins forces with other EU projects to address the childhood obesity epidemic!

Between June-September 2021 a joint World Café series was convened in collaboration with EU-projects STOP, JA Best-ReMaP, and PEN.

The events marked a new cross-collaborative initiative, welcoming JA Best-ReMaP as a partner to the other three projects and building on discussions at our joint symposium in 2020.  All four projects are addressing the global childhood obesity epidemic through distinct and complementary approaches and have been meeting monthly from 2020 to align activities and strengthen their impact. Next up for the collaboration will be a joint symposium for consortium members this November 9th.  

Learn more about - and watch recordings of - the World Café series by clicking the below button.

More about the World Cafe series
CO-CREATE and WHO collaborative research confirms that family affluence impacts children’s eating habits across Europe
The paper assessed differences in children’s food habits in 23 countries participating in the WHO European Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative (COSI). The study looked at cross-national and regional variation in the consumption of fruit, vegetables, and sugar-sweetened beverages, focusing on evaluating the extent to which socioeconomic status (SES) impacted children’s food habits.
A consistent pattern of socio-economic differences was demonstrated in all European regions. The study suggests that children of lower SES have unhealthier food habits, as assessed by parental education and family perceived wealth in most countries. In Central and Western Asia, these SES differences were not equally prominent.
The paper discusses the importance of exploring the social determinants of health, taking into consideration national and regional contexts. It underlines the need for comparative studies to better the impact of education amongst other socio-economic determinants of health. The paper also discusses methodological issues when presenting these findings. The present results are of relevance when addressing strategies, policy actions, and interventions targeting social inequalities in children’s diets. 

Read the publication here

Building a Youth-Led Response – World Obesity Policy Dossiers

Food marketing through digital media and failures across the food system, resulting in food and nutrition insecurity globally is a cause for concern, especially to youth. World Obesity Federation has published to briefings to support you(th) to advocate and act on these issues. 
  1. Digital Deception: The Marketing of Unhealthy Food outlines different common forms of marketing and existing forms of marketing regulations, including case studies and evidence of companies using marketing techniques
  2. Transforming Food Systems: outlines why food systems matter for obesity, the impact of COVID-19 on food systems including tips to plan an advocacy campaign and to advocate with governments to support the transformation of food systems. You can also watch the supplementary video here
Keep an eye out for two-more briefings that will be published in the coming months on Healthy Voices!


Act4Food Act4Change: Galvanising a youth-led movement
With an exciting and successful September 2021 and the UN Food Systems Summit behind them, Act4Food Act4Change is calling for all youth globally to join and the 100,000 people who have pledged and over 100,000 youth who have voted for their priority actions 4 change to come forward with us to important events such as COP26, Nutrition 4 Growth and beyond. They need your support moving forward and every little bit helps. The campaign is inviting you to talk to 10 friends/family and ask them to take this step with you! Pledge and vote now #Act4Food #Act4Change.
Learn more

You can join their event at COP26 this Friday, 5th November by registering here

CO-CREATE Youth Stipends: are you willing to be a changemaker?
CO-CREATE wants to allow youth to transform their ideas into action. The CO-CREATE Youth Stipends, invites young people to apply for funding for your activity or initiative that can help build healthier food and physical activity environments in your school or your community.

You can learn more here.
From Science to Policy Implementation: a joint conference between STOP & JA Best-ReMaP
In parallel with the Slovenia presidency 2021, this 17th-18th November, a high-level event on food policy will be organised in Ljubljana between two partner projects, The Science & Technology in childhood Obesity Policy (STOP) and Joint Action Best Practices in Nutrition (JA Best-ReMaP).

The conference will support the translation of research knowledge to support policy decision-making. The event will build on the second STOP Stakeholder Dialogues Conference, culminating in a series of recommendations to national authorities and the European Commission for future policy action and stakeholder engagement. CO-CREATE is looking forward to hosting a session to share best practices through its work with youth thus far. 

You can learn more and register here.

Youth Voices for Planetary Health – a call for action on climate and health
Building on the Lancet Commission on Obesity’s Global Syndemic report, World Obesity’s Federation’s advocacy highlights the need for ‘triple duty actions’ to address health and climate issues together, with a focus on food system solutions including healthy and sustainable diets.

In the lead-up to COP26, World Obesity has worked with youth leaders from across the health climate space to elevate their perspectives on these issues. CO-CREATE Youth Declaration Task Force members, Pedro and Mafalda Goncalves call on leaders to prioritise and promote sustainable and nutritious food options for all, particularly in school settings.

Watch youth leaders demands here.
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