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    Improving and upscaling primary prevention of cancer by addressing childhood obesity through implementation research – the PREVENT approach

    Why it matters

    PREVENT improves upscaling of primary interventions for weight control management during childhood and adolescence to reduce cancer risks in adulthood. This relies on current evidence that relates excess body weight with increased cancer risk.

    Towards this end, PREVENT applies a series of implementation research:

    – it identifies barriers to current interventions and policies preventing them from upscaling to different geographical, socio-economic, and cultural settings.

    – It introduces new multi-actor (e.g., students, family, educators, policymakers) and context-aware (tailored to the specific implementation places, i.e. class, canteen, sports fields, labs, outside school) interventions along with new user engagement strategies to face the current upscaling bottlenecks

    The PREVENT new policies are adapted, piloted, and scaled up within the schools’ communities of three European countries facing different epidemiological settings on childhood obesity, geographic, socio-economic and cultural attributes. The pilots are designed to be holistic end-to-end ecosystems, including users, medical professionals, policymakers, public

    authorities, and civil communities. They focus on the whole school communities of Greece, Sweden, and Spain-Catalonia, PREVENT outreach to more than 3.3 million students, required for guideline provisioning, large-scale implementation, multiparameter assessment, and scaling-up. Co-creation, active behavioral change, self-evaluation through user empowerment, motivational interviewing, social innovation, digital-assistive engagement, health apps, and multi-domain assessment are implementation research aspects of PREVENT to advance user acceptability and compatibility with existing policies, and thus improve sustainability and upscaling.


    What CPE does

    CPE contributes to the identification of barriers and new intervention policies. CPE brings its experience in the design of the Living Labs and, in the implementation set-up, assesses the new policies.

    Ethnikos Organismos Dimosias Ygeias Greece

    Ministry Of Health Greece

    Ministry Of Education And Religious Affairs Greece

    Karolinska Institutet Sweden

    Livsmedelsverket Sweden

    Internationella Engelska Skolan I Sverige Ab Sweden

    Fundacio Institucio Dels Centres De Recerca De Caspain

    Departament De Salut – Generalitat De Catalunyaspain

    European Health Management Association Belgium

    The European Association For The Study Of Obesity Ireland

    Cancer Patients Europe Belgium

    Istituto Di Sociologia Internazionale Di Gorizia Is Italy

    Time.Lex Belgium

    Arbisense Ab Sweden

    Wellics Software Technologies And Research P.C. Greece

    Fundacion Instituto Tecnologico De Castilla Y Le Spain

    Risa Sicherheitsanalysen Gmbh Germany

    Ainigma Technologies Belgium

    Institute Of Communication And Computer Systemgreece

    Type of Action

    HORIZON-RIA Action Grant


    Project duration

    48 months (January 2023 – December 2026)

    Lead Coordinator or Main Proposer

    Ethniko Kai Kapodistriako Panepistimio Athinon Greece