Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity (JANPA)

Project description: In all EU Member states (MS), the high level of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents is of particular concern. In the EU, around 1 in 3 children 6-9 years old were overweight or obese in 2010, a sharp rise in prevalence despite numerous MS or EU initiatives. Physical inactivity and poor diet from birth (and even in utero) are important determinants of adiposity leading to overweight and obesity. They are also independently associated with various non-communicable disease risk factors leading to the main pathologies European populations are suffering from, including detrimental psychosocial outcomes. Overweight and obesity represent an economic burden with up to 7% of EU health budgets spent each year directly on diseases linked to obesity, with more indirect costs resulting from lost productivity. Nutritional problems and physical inactivity need to be addressed in an integrated way so as to promote healthier environments, to make the healthy option the easiest option and to inform and empower families. Within the general frame of the EU Action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020, the JA’s general objective is to contribute to halting the rise in overweight and obesity in children and adolescents by 2020. Through the, identification, selection and sharing of best data and practices within the 25 countries involved, the JA will allow for : to advocate based on an estimation and forecast of economic cost of overweight and obesity; to improve the implementation of integrated interventions to promote nutrition and physical activity for pregnant women, families with young children; to improve actions within school settings; and to increase the use of nutritional information on foods by public health authorities, stakeholders and families for nutrition policy purposes. The JA will reinforce the links between national nutrition and physical activity policies initiated by the EU Strategy on nutrition, overweight and obesity-related health issues.

General Objective: to contribute to halting the rise in overweight and obesity in children and adolescents by 2020 in EU, within the global frame of the “EU Action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020”, and in close link with the “European action plan for a nutrition and food policy 2015-2020”.


BBU Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Razvan Chereches, Executive Director Cluj School of Public Health

Funder: The European Commission – CHAFEA, Grant No. 677063

Period: Sep 01, 2015 – Dec 31, 2017

Total budget: Consortium: 2 mil. Euro; BBU: 75.000 Euro