San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The EPODE Canada Obesity Forum offers a unique learning opportunity for managers, advisors, and sponsors of community-based childhood obesity prevention programs. Forum participants will learn about EPODE, a capacity-building, community-based methodology active in 27 countries that has been proven to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obese children and about strategies and best practices for childhood obesity prevention program design, implementation and evaluation. Forum participants will also benefit from hands-on operational advice from community-based program experts and senior members of the EPODE global team and from networking opportunities with other childhood obesity prevention program representatives from Canada, the U.S., and Europe.
Topics to be addressed at the Forum:
- The EPODE methodology and local EPODE programs around the world
- Mental health and community-based obesity prevention programs
- Engaging local stakeholders, the private sector and government: how and why
- Designing successful, local interventions
- How to access and use tools and resources to strengthen community-based programs
- Program evaluation for community-based obesity prevention programs
See below for the preliminary schedule and detailed session descriptions.
Early Bird rate (before June 10th): $450*
Conference Full Rate (after June 10th): $550*
*plus Eventbrite service fees
Registration fees include the two-day Forum and meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and dinner on Wednesday evening).
Space at the Forum is limited so please register early.
The EPODE Canada Forum is being held at beautiful Blue Mountain Resort, only a 90-minute drive from Toronto. For directions to the resort, click here. Shuttle bus transportation from Toronto’s Pearson Airport will also be available. For the resort map, click here.
The resort has a wide selection of indoor activities and outdoor adventures, including a scenic gondola ride, mountain hikes, walks along the Bruce Trail, and mountain biking. Stay tuned for special recreational opportunities organized for Forum delegates!
Accommodation is onsite at the Blue Mountain Resort. Book your accommodation today to take advantage of special Forum pricing. Reservations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis and availability may be limited at hotels. The deadline to book accommodation at the reduced rate is Monday, August 22, 2016.
Click here for reservations or call 1-877-445-0231. Use the promotion code, GRP117213, to obtain your discount.
There are a variety of accommodation choices situated throughout the resort, however the conference space is located in the Blue Mountain Inn, so accommodation in the Inn will be most convenient for Forum participants. There is an on-demand, on-resort shuttle service that can bring you from the other accommodation locations at the resort to the Blue Mountain Inn if required.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations received up to and including August 27, 2016 will receive a full refund.
Cancellations received after August 27, 2016 are 50% refundable plus tax.
Cancellations and no-shows after September 20, 2016 are non-refundable.
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Detailed Session Descriptions
Plenary Session – EPODE World View of Community-Based Interventions 2016 (Dr. Jean-Michel Borys). Updates on EPODE programs, recent progress and evolution of the EPODE methodology from Dr. Borys, founder of EPODE, the EPODE European Network, and EPHE (EPODE for the Promotion of Health Equity).
FRESHERS Workshop – Introduction to EPODE (Pauline Harper, EPODE International Network). An introductory session for those who are new to the EPODE methodology.
Social Norming from Theory to Practice for Community-Based Programs (Dr. Jan Vink). A discussion of the levers of behavioural economics and social norming used in the EPODE methodology and how to use them in a community-based program.
Local Project Manager Workshop: Activating Community Stakeholders (Lideke Middelbeek, Dr. Ingrid Bakker, Community Advisors, JOGG, The Netherlands). Local Project Managers (LPM) are instrumental to an EPODE program and the success of the program depends on their ability to mobilize a broad range of local stakeholders. This interactive workshop will be led by program advisors who coach and mentor LPMs in the JOGG program in the Netherlands.
How to Design Interventions Using Co-Creation and a Real Behavioural Issue - Eating Behaviours (Steven Johnson, President, Collaborative Change, U.K.). A workshop that will teach participants how to use co-creation to design local interventions that are guided by insights into the behaviours, age, culture and physical environment of the target audience.
Using Social Media for Building Communities (Industry Expert TBD). This session will teach participants how to use social media at the local level effectively to build online communities that will facilitate the adoption of healthy, active behaviours.
Forming and Managing Public-Private Partnerships at the Local Level (Dennis Edell, Managing Director, EPODE Canada). This workshop will discuss effective ways for programs to find long-term funding by working with sponsors and industry partners at the program and local level.
Accessing Program Resources for Local Level Use: Examples of Nutrition and Physical Activity/Sedentary Behaviour. Programs need support materials and expert advice to implement themes in the community to ensure that they are evidence-based or based on best practices for obesity prevention. In this session, experts in both nutrition and physical exercise will show you where to source program materials and how to know what advice or research reflects the best and latest science.
Process Evaluation and Leading Indicators of Success (Dr. Jean-Michel Borys). Every program needs to know if it is using resources effectively and making an impact on obesity prevention, but there are often barriers to evaluation, such as the cost and timing of evaluation. This workshop will explore a range of local-level indicators of success that can be used in the measurement of a program's impact on obesity prevention.
Luncheon Speaker: Political Support: What Does Policy Have to Do with Obesity? Political support at all levels is critical to creating sustainable obesity prevention programs. Our expert speaker will discuss how policy is viewed, developed and approved at the highest levels.
Community Social Marketing Intervention Case Studies: Water and Screentime. This session will examine two interventions implemented by EPODE programs, one in Canada and one in Europe. It will look at how these interventions were designed, delivered and evaluated and what they might reveal about designing actions to encourage health equity.
Expert Panel: Integrating Mental Health Concerns into Community-Based Obesity Interventions. Our growing understanding of the correlation between mental health and obesity is enabling experts to better address obesity. Experts in the field will present their findings and discuss how this new insight can be integrated into community-based program actions and primary and secondary prevention interventions.
Collective impact for childhood obesity prevention (Josh Archer, Child and Youth Network, London, Ontario and Shazhan Ahmed, SCOPE, B.C.) This session will look at how the theory and practice of collective impact can help childhood obesity prevention work. Our presenters represent two organizations, SCOPE from British Columbia and Child and Youth Network from London, Ontario, that have been very successful in using collective impact to reduce childhood obesity and overweight. The session will offer practical tips and approaches for organizations interested in introducing and enhancing collective impact strategies in their own work. The session will complement the afternoon keynote session delivered by Lisa Robinson from Shape Up Summerville (USA) which also very successfully uses collective impact theory and practice.
Blue Mountain Resort
108 Jozo Weider Blvd.
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EPODE (Ensemble Prévenons l’Obésité des Enfants or Together Let’s Prevent Childhood Obesity) is an integrated approach to childhood obesity prevention. The EPODE approach brings together the community - schools, family, government and the private sector - to address the behaviour, social norms and social and physical environment that contribute to childhood obesity. Adopting the EPODE approach helps programs implement effective, sustainable strategies for childhood obesity prevention at the community level.
EPODE Canada’s mission is to prevent and reduce childhood obesity in Canada through the growth and support of EPODE-inspired programs. EPODE Canada is a regional initiative of the EPODE International Network, the world’s largest network of childhood obesity prevention programs with more than 45 EPODE programs now operating in 27 countries. In Canada, the EPODE methodology was chosen by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as the framework for Ontario’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge.