FLVS Study, 1992-2004:

All started with a school-based nutrition and education programme in 2 towns in the North of France, aiming to reduce overweight and obesity. FLVS demonstrated that the community-based approach was necessary to be successful in reducing childhood overweight, with a substantial decrease in the prevalence of childhood obesity of 40%. This study is the foundation of the EPODE methodology.

EPODE Methodology, 2003:

A coordinated, capacity-building approach for communities to help them change the local social norms, behaviours, environment and encourage healthy lifestyles.


  • EPODE, France

EPODE European Network (EEN), 2008-2011:

Co-created and co-founded by the EU Directorate General for Health and Consumers, this project was designed to facilitate the deployment and the implementation of community-based interventions (CBIs) using the EPODE methodology. To favour a consistent dissemination of EPODE and similar programmes, EEN’s core objective has been to provide a deeper conceptualization of the EPODE methodology on its 4 pillars: political commitment, methods and social marketing, public-private partnerships and scientific evaluation and dissemination.


  • Paidelatrofi, Greece


  • Opal, South Australia


  • 5 Pasos, Mexico
  • JOGG, Netherlands

EPODE for the Promotion of Health Equity (EPHE), 2011-2014:

EPHE’s overall objective is to analyse the added value of community-based approaches based on the EPODE methodology to reduce health inequities associated to childhood obesity. 4 determinants will be addressed: promotion of fruit and vegetable intake, water intake, active lifestyle and adequate sleep duration. The project involves 7 different Community-Based Programmes across Europe and is guided by an EPHE Scientific Advisory Board composed of representatives from 7 European universities.


  • SETS, Romania

Obesity Prevention through European Network (OPEN),

OPEN aims to scale-up a minimum of 11 European Community-Based Programmes in terms of quality/quantity of the actions and in terms of diversity of the target groups, aiming to include adolescents. The progress will be measured according to the WHO Good Practice Appraisal Tool assessing their needs to strengthen their methodology and improve their interventions.


  • EUROBIS, Italy
  • Healthy Kids community Challenge, Ontario