Preventing obesity in early life - in a Danish context – University of Copenhagen

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Preventing obesity in early life - in a Danish context

To counteract the major public health challenge of obesity, preventive measures should target even the very early life. Still, we do not know how to do this best and most efficiently.

In Denmark a well-established primary health care service of specialized nurses visit almost all families with newborn children. This offers a strong environmental structure for the implementation of obesity prevention in early life. However, we still know very little about how we make the most of this unique opportunity.

The seminar will discuss the relevance and importance of targeting obesity prevention very early in life. Specifically the discussion will focus on the potential of developing and testing an early obesity prevention program to be integrated in the Danish home health visitor system.

Registration is open and free but mandatory on a first-come first-served basis. For registration contact Mette Lech (


13.00-13.05 Welcome by Jannik Helsted, Head of Steno Grants, the Novo Nordisk Foundation
13.05-13.15 Early prevention of obesity - a public health perspective by Morten Grønbæk, Director of the National Institute of Public Health
13.15-13.35 Do psychosocial factors play a fundamental role in development of obesity? by Thorkild IA Sørensen, Professor at the National Institute of Public Health
13.35-13.55 The importance of diet in childhood obesity by Kim Fleischer Michaelsen, Professor at the National Institute of Public Health
13.55-14.15 Early intervention: The pragmatics of engaging and enhancing population-based service systems by John Lynch, Professor at the School of Population Health, University of Adelaide, Australia
14.15-14.30 Obesity prevention - integrated in the Danish structure of home health visitors by Mette Rasmussen, Associate Professor at the National Institute of Public Health
14.30-14.50 Coffee break
14.50-15.50 Panel discussion and discussions with the audience
15.50-16.00 Summary of the day