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.

The outcome of the two-day online conference is 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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