Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity



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 the 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”.

Starting / Ending Date

September 2015 – November 2017

Project Coordinator

French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) – France


Funder: Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) & European Union’s Health Program (2014-2020)
Grant Number: 677063
Total Amount: 2.000.000 EUR
BBU Amount: 75.000 EUR

Staff from Department of Public Health

Project Partners

Work Package Leaders

Istituto Superiore di Sanità – ISS, Italy

Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki – ATEITH (Greece)

The Institute of Public Health in Ireland – IPH IRL (Ireland)

French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety – ANSES (France)

National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition – OGYEI (Hungary)

The National Institute for Health and Welfare – THL (Finland)

JANPA brought together a consortium of 39 organisations and public institutions (universities, ministries, public health institutes, etc.) from 24 European countries. In addition, 13 collaborating stakeholders were involved in JANPA including institutions from Cyprus and Sweden as well as WHO-Europe and the Joint Research Centre (JRC-EU). More about the project network can be accessed here.

Project Outputs