European Union funding for new project tackling obesity in young people

21 May 2019 - 10:45
Overview of the Co-create project is depicted in the info-graphic
Info-graphic of co-create project


The project, titled CO-CREATE, will work with adolescents to create, inform and disseminate policies to tackle obesity among their peers. The project sees adolescence as a crucial age-group with increasing autonomy and soon to be the next generation of adults, parents and policymakers, and thus important agents for change. CO-CREATE sees youth involvement as an essential component to the development of policies which are aimed at them, and thus the project aims to involve and empower adolescents and youth organizations to foster a participatory process of identifying and formulating relevant policies, assessing the options with other private and public actors, promoting relevant policy actions and developing tools and strategies for implementation. The CO-CREATE Project has received funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research budget, shared between 14 research groups in six European countries plus Australia, South Africa and the United States. The project will be completed in 2023.

In March of 2019, Janetta Harbron and Sharmilah Booley from the Division of Human Nutrition received training in London on how to conduct workshops with adolescents as part of one of the phases of data collection for this project. These workshops are scheduled to run during 2019 at two schools within the Cape Town Metropole as well as two rural/non-capital schools within the Western Cape province.

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