As the side event of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council 2021, this online conference was a high-level event on food policy organised between two partner projects, The Science & Technology in childhood Obesity Policy (STOP) and Joint Action Best Practices in Nutrition (JA Best-ReMaP). The conference’s goal was to support the translation of research knowledge to support policy decision-making and leverage the projects’ innovative and complementary approaches to curb the rise in child and adolescent obesity.

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conference agenda

DAY 1, 17th November 2021

STOP – Science and Technology in childhood Obesity Policy

Third Childhood Obesity Stakeholder Conference and Dialogues

Morning sessions

08.30 – 09.00Registration of participants
09.00 – 09.20Welcome to the third STOP conference and stakeholders dialogues
– Janez Poklukar, Minister, Ministry of Health Slovenia – VIDEO
– mag. Aleš Irgolič, State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food – VIDEO
09.20 – 9.35Presentation of the STOP project main scientific outcomes – VIDEO
Speaker: Franco Sassi, ICL
9.35 – 10.15STOP state of the art
– Oliver Robinson ICL (STOP WP3) – VIDEO
– Gregor Starc, UL-FS (STOP WP7) – VIDEO
– Josep A. Tur, University of the Balearic Islands, CIBEROBN – VIDEO
Moderator: Franco Sassi, ICL
10.15 – 10.45Food reformulation – scientific STOP outcomes and knowledge transfer
recommendations to JA Best-ReMaP

– Mathilde Gressier and Harry Tang, Imperial College London – VIDEO
– Stefanie Vandevijvere, Sciensano Belgium – VIDEO
Comments: Jean-Luc Volatier, ANSES (JA Best-ReMaP) – VIDEO
10.45 – 11.15Coffee break
11.15 – 11.45Marketing foods to children – scientific STOP outcomes and knowledge transfer
recommendations to JA Best-ReMaP
Speaker: Karen Watson, ICL
Comments: Ursula O’Dwyer (JA Best-ReMaP)
11.45 – 12.15Preliminary results of the second STOP stakeholders survey – VIDEO
– Mojca Gabrijelčič, NIJZ
– Luka Kronegger, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences
12.15 – 13.30Lunch break

Afternoon sessions

13.30 – 15.00Interactive stakeholder discussion on STOP policies and approaches
to address childhood obesity – three dialogues

– Food marketing
– Food reformulation
– Environments to support physical activity
15.00 – 15.15Coffee break
15.15 – 16.00Knowledge transfer processes – relevance in obesity prevention; promotion
of policies/measures, supporting healthy nutrition and PA (TBD)
Speaker: Diane T. Finegood, SFU
16.00 – 16.45Plenary research roundtable: avenues for future cross-collaboration – VIDEO
– Sassi, ICL, STOP scientific coordinator
– Knut-Inge Klep, FHI, CO-CREATE scientific coordinator
– Wolfgang Ahrens, University of Bremen, PEN scientific coordinator
– Mojca Gabrijelčič, NIJZ, JA Best-ReMaP scientific coordinator

Moderator: Francesco Branca, WHO HQ
16.45 – 17.00Conference wrap-up of Day 1 – VIDEO
– Franco Sassi, ICL
– Mojca Gabrijelčič, NIJZ


DAY 2, 18th November 2021

JA Best-ReMaP – The Joint Action on implementation of validated best practices in nutrition
(Reformulation, Marketing, and public Procurements)

Mid-term Conference

Morning sessions

9.00 – 9.30Registration of participants
9.30 – 10.00Strategic speech – VIDEO
Speaker: Stefan Schreck,
Adviser for Stakeholder Relations and adviser to Director,
10.00 – 10.20Keynote: STOP policy briefs in UN Food Summit and EU perspective – VIDEO
Speaker: Francesco Branca, WHO HQ
10.20– 10.35Presentation of the JA Best-ReMaP – VIDEO
Speaker: Mojca Gabrijelčič, NIJZ
10.35 – 11.20EU harmonised reformulation and processed food monitoring (WP5)
– Karine Vin, ANSES – VIDEO
– Wolfgang Ahrens, University of Bremen – VIDEO
– Evangelia (Eva) Grammatikaki, JRC – VIDEO
– Isabelle Rollier, DG SANTE – VIDEO
Moderation and comments:
Stefanie Vandevijvere, Sciensano, STOP project representative – VIDEO
11.20 – 11.45Coffee break
11.45 – 12.30Best practices in reducing marketing of unhealthy food products to
children and adolescents (WP6)
– Maria João Gregório, Ministry of Health Portugal
– Kremlin Wickramasinghe, WHO Europe
– Amandine Garde, University of Liverpool
– Lubos Kukliš, European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA)

Moderation and comments:
Karen Watson, ICL, STOP project representative
12.30 – 14.00Lunch break

Afternoon sessions

14.00 – 14.45 Public procurement of food in public institutions – a pilot EU approach (WP7)
– Natalija Rozman, NIJZ – VIDEO
– Jana Ramuš, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia – VIDEO
– Nikolai Pushkarev, EPHA, and Aileen Robertson, Metropolitan University
– Maja Marinček, Ministry of Public Administration of Slovenia – VIDEO
Moderation and comments:
Mojca Gabrijelčič, NIJZ and Betina Bergmann Madsen,
Copenhagen Municipality – Public Food procurement
14.45 – 15.00You(th): a driving force for change? – VIDEO
Speaker: Knut-Inge Klepp, FHI
15:00 – 15:15Coffee break
15.15 – 16.45 JA Best-ReMaP Plenary policy round table – VIDEO
– Stefan Schreck, Adviser for Stakeholder Relations and adviser to
Director C, DG SANTE
– Raluca Painter, DG REFORM
– Daniela Lueth, Policy Officer, DG Research & Innovation, Bioeconomy & Food Systems
– Wollgast Jan, DG JRC Joint Research Center
– Karin Schindler, Ministry of Health Austria
– Sirpa Sarlio, Ministry of Health Finland
– Vesna Kerstin Petrič, Director of Public Health Directorate, Ministry of Health Slovenia

Moderator: Caroline Costongs, EuroHealthNet
16.45 – 17.00Conference wrap-up and conclusions – VIDEO
Vesna Kerstin Petrič, Public Health Directorate, Ministry of Health Slovenia
Mojca Gabrijelčič, NIJZ

The outcome of the two-day online conference was to make recommendations to national authorities and the European Commission on a sustainable plan for future policy action and stakeholder engagement to address the childhood obesity epidemic on EU level.

STOP convened key actors in the health and food sector to generate scientifically sound and policy-relevant evidence on the root causes of childhood obesity, with a focus on vulnerable and socially disadvantaged children and their families. The project aims to identify critical stages in childhood obesity interventions that can be most effective and efficient. JA Best-ReMaP works with member states to adapt, replicate and implement effective health interventions, based on best practices in the areas of food reformulation, food marketing and public procurement of healthy food in public settings.

Building on the second STOP Stakeholder Dialogues Conference, the project hosted its third Childhood Obesity Stakeholder Dialogue as an avenue to continue better understanding their perspective on project processes and outcomes.  JA Best-ReMaP will identify promising policy measures with EU member states and European Commission representatives, leveraging on insights from the STOP stakeholder network.

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