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  • ToyBox-study was voted among the top "best practice interventions"!

    To access the relevant report, please click here:

    Posted on: vrijdag, August 25, 2017 - 10:29

  • Obesity prevention in children in preschool years: Policies and evidence

    To access this document, please click here.

    Posted on: woensdag, June 4, 2014 - 11:30

  • Toybox Symposium

    Toybox-study final symposium:The future of research on childhood obesity 

    What do we know about interventions to prevent child obesity?
    What more do we need to know?

    Friday 11th April 2014

    Brussels, Belgium


    The International Association for the Study of Obesity (soon to be World Obesity Federation) is hosting a one-day meeting between researchers, research funders, policy officials and NGOs to examine the next steps in child obesity research in Europe.

    The symposium will report the final results of the ToyBox-study, which aims to build and evaluate a cost-effective kindergarten-based, family-involved intervention scheme to prevent obesity for preschool children. Practical implications of these results will be presented. We will also hear the results from a number of other EU projects and future proposals from those who have been involved. Key research funding organisations will be asked to present their priorities for the future with regards to tackling childhood obesity, while representatives from influential European NGOs will be asked to describe the gaps in policy based evidence.

    The gaps and priorities in childhood obesity research that are presented will be discussed with the participants and will inform a briefing paper/call to action which will be published by IASO/World Obesity Federation after the event. 


    Obesity researchers; political decision-makers; health NGO representatives; obesity, nutrition and physical activity policy advocates; 


    The symposium will focus on childhood obesity, specifically:

    Results and implications of a selection of EU interventions 

    Policy & evidence gaps

    Future research priorities 

    The new EU Child Obesity Framework



    9.00 Register, coffee

    9.30 Welcome

    Chair: Tim Lobstein, World Obesity Federation (formerly International Association for the Study of Obesity)


    9.35-11.05 Five EU research projects 

    Each project: What we found (10m), what we propose next (5m) 

    EARNEST - Berthold Koletzko 

    EPODE - Jean-Michel Borys

    IDEFICS/i-family – Iris Pigeot

    HabEat – Sylvie Issanchou

    COSI – Representative from WHO Europe


    Followed by 15minutes of questions for the panel


    11.05 - 11.30 Coffee break and sedentary breaking exercise 


    11.30 – 12.15 Toybox Project

    Yannis Manios

    Lieven Annemans 

    Luis Moreno 


    Followed by 15minutes of questions for the panel


    12.15 – 1.00 Panel discussion of findings and research gaps in child obesity


    1.00-2.00 Lunch break and sedentary breaking exercise


    2.00-2.30  The EU Child Obesity Framework for Action: Implications for research

    Artur Furtado, European Commission 

    2.30-3.00 Research funders’ observations and priorities

    DG Research – Theodora Mouratidou

    DG SANCO – Speaker TBC

    DG Agriculture – Speaker TBC


    Followed by 15minutes of questions for the panel


    3.00-3.40  Gaps in policy based evidence - observations from health and professional bodies


    European Heart Network – Susanne Logstup

    European Association for the Study of Obesity – Tommy Visscher

    International Diabetes Federation – Europe – Speaker TBC


    Followed by 10minutes of questions for the panel


    3.40-4.00 General questions and discussion

    4.00 Close of meeting

    More information:

    VENUE (link through to location map)



    Please note that it is free to attend but that places are limited 50 places available and registrations will be taken on a first come first serve basis. Unfortunately we cannot cover any travel costs associated with attending. You can download a registration form here


    For more information about the event or IASO please contact Hannah Brinsden 

    For details about ToyBox-study please contact the Project Coordinator Yannis Mannios 

    Posted on: dinsdag, March 4, 2014 - 14:58

  • ToyBox Newsletter Winter 2013

    The third ToyBox newsletter. You can download the ToyBox newsletter here.

    Posted on: vrijdag, July 5, 2013 - 13:26

  • ToyBox newsletter Spring 2012

    The second ToyBox newsletter. You can download the ToyBox newsletter here.

    Posted on: woensdag, September 26, 2012 - 17:17

  • ToyBox in Istanbul ECO2011

    The first ToyBox newsletter was distributed at the EASO stand during the 18th European Congress on Obesity that was held in Istanbul, 25-28 May 2011. You can download the ToyBox newsletter here.

    Posted on: woensdag, July 6, 2011 - 15:15