CORDIS is the Community Research and Development Information Service, a website that is run by the European Commission to give open access to a wealth of information about European projects. It is available in five European languages.
CORDIS website: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp6/
This 3-year EU-funded project (April 2007-April 2010) will develop and build an instrument to quantify the health impact of policies influencing health determinants. As an illustration, the instrument will be used to estimate the health impact of achieving in all EU-countries the situation of the best performing country with regard to obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption.
DYNAMO-HIA website: http://www.dynamo-hia.eu
EUROPEAN HEART NETWORK
The European Heart Network plays a leading role in the prevention and reduction of cardiovascular disease through advocacy, networking and education, so that it is no longer a major cause of premature death and disability throughout Europe.
EHN website: http://www.ehnheart.org
The European Network for the Promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity is a collaborative project which works for better health through physical activity among all people in the WHO European Region, by strengthening and supporting efforts to increase participation and improve the conditions for healthy lifestyles.
HEPA website: http://www.euro.who.int/hepa
Launched in October 2007, with the aim to produce a long-term vision of how a sustainable response to obesity in the UK over the next 40 years can be delivered, the project will gather scientific evidence from across a wide range of disciplines to inform a strategic view of this issue.
FORESIGHT website: http://www.foresight.gov.uk/Obesity/Obesity.html
The HOPE project aims to support and advance the development and implementation of systematic, evidence-based policies effective for the prevention of obesity and its negative consequences on health and health inequalities. One of the project's main objectives is to bring together all the scientific knowledge on overweight, obesity and their determinants and to use the expertise of researchers all over Europe.
HOPE website: http://www.hopeproject.eu
IDEFICS (Identification and Prevention of Dietary and Lifestyle-induced Health Effects in Children and Infants) was launched in September 2006 and will run for 5 years. This FP6, EU-wide study will explore the risks for overweight and obesity in children as well as associated long-term consequences. It also aims to measure how children's sensory perception and preferences influence the development of overweight. The results of the study will be incorporated into various guidelines on nutritional, behavioural and lifestyle as well as ethical aspects in all participating countries.
IDEFICS website: http://www.idefics.eu/Idefics/
OBESITY IN EUROPE
The "Obesity in Europe" web page of the WHO Regional Office for Europe provides information on news, events, actions and publications related to the work of WHO in obesity in Europe.
"Obesity in Europe" website: http://www.euro.who.int/obesity
The name 3FOUR50 represents the Oxford Health Alliance's key message: 3 risk factors (tobacco use, poor diet and lack of physical activity) contribute to four chronic diseases (heart disease, type 2 diabetes, lung disease and some cancers), which, in turn, contribute to more than 50 per cent of deaths in the world. 3FOUR50's main objective is to facilitate partnerships, collaboration and action among experts, leaders, innovators and anyone genuinely concerned with chronic disease prevention.
3FOUR50 website: http://www.3four50.com/v2/
MGZ (Public Health)
Through research and teaching: contribute to improved population health in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Activities range from infectious disease to occupational health, and from health care services to a healthy lifestyle.
MGZ website: http://www.erasmusmc.nl/mgz/?lang=en