Lessons learned from a community-based EPODE-approach tackling childhood overweight in the Netherlands
ISPAH ePoster Library. Slot-Heijs J. 10/16/18; 225461; 465
Jorien Slot-Heijs
Jorien Slot-Heijs
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Abstract The EPODE-approach is a centrally coordinated, community-based approach involving a broad range of stakeholders and settings in order to reduce childhood overweight and obesity. In 2010 the Netherlands started to implement a Dutch EPODE-approach (called JOGG-approach), with currently 133 communities engaging. The JOGG-approach is coordinated at a national level by a central organisation and comprises five critical components: political commitment, public and private partnerships, social marketing, monitoring and evaluation, linking prevention and healthcare. The Netherlands is internationally considered as a precursor in implementing an EPODE-based approach. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the progress of implementation of the JOGG-approach.In this study 82 local program managers (response rate 67%) completed an online survey with mainly closed-ended questions about progress on the five components. Results show that communities make effort and progress on all components. Main facilitators were high political commitment, collaboration with public and private partners from several settings (like schools and supermarkets) and monitoring data about overweight. Barriers were the lack of structural budget, political intersectoral collaboration and getting insight in the target group.In general, communities succeed in implementing the JOGG-approach in multiple settings where children reside in order to enhance a structural healthy environment. Communities need support in overcoming barriers by exchanging successful experiences and centrally coordinated training. The results of this study contribute to foster implementation of the community-based EPODE-approach in the Netherlands as well as worldwide. Further research should determine the concrete effects on reduction of overweight among children.
Abstract The EPODE-approach is a centrally coordinated, community-based approach involving a broad range of stakeholders and settings in order to reduce childhood overweight and obesity. In 2010 the Netherlands started to implement a Dutch EPODE-approach (called JOGG-approach), with currently 133 communities engaging. The JOGG-approach is coordinated at a national level by a central organisation and comprises five critical components: political commitment, public and private partnerships, social marketing, monitoring and evaluation, linking prevention and healthcare. The Netherlands is internationally considered as a precursor in implementing an EPODE-based approach. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the progress of implementation of the JOGG-approach.In this study 82 local program managers (response rate 67%) completed an online survey with mainly closed-ended questions about progress on the five components. Results show that communities make effort and progress on all components. Main facilitators were high political commitment, collaboration with public and private partners from several settings (like schools and supermarkets) and monitoring data about overweight. Barriers were the lack of structural budget, political intersectoral collaboration and getting insight in the target group.In general, communities succeed in implementing the JOGG-approach in multiple settings where children reside in order to enhance a structural healthy environment. Communities need support in overcoming barriers by exchanging successful experiences and centrally coordinated training. The results of this study contribute to foster implementation of the community-based EPODE-approach in the Netherlands as well as worldwide. Further research should determine the concrete effects on reduction of overweight among children.
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