Future steps to tackle obesity

Digital innovations into policy and actions

29 June 2021

About the Event

The conference “Future steps to tackle obesity – digital innovations into policy and actions” is part of the Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of the EU.

A major part of preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is the capacity to develop a structural change in food environments. The widespread use of digital world in late modernity is now rising the awareness regarding the digital food environment.

The opportunities and threats created by the digital world in obesity prevention policies and actions will be discussed during this conference.

Three main questions will be addressed: 

  1. How is digital transformation influencing food consumption and what can be the long-term effects on health outcomes?
  2. How can we use digital tools to provide new models and methodologies for food related data collection and new tools to monitor obesity policies?
  3. What are the potential avenues for governments to deal with digital innovations into policy and actions to tackle obesity?

Event Schedule

This is a virtual meeting to be held on 29th June 2021, from 10:00 AM to 16:30 PM (Central European Time).


Signing in 


Welcome from the Portuguese EU Presidency


Setting the Scene: Digital Food Environment


Data and Innovation

Lunch / Health Break


Diferent approaches in EU and Impact on Obesity: Voluntary Vs Regulation and how it can influence adult and childhood obesity


Potential Avenues for Addressing digital innovations into policy and actions to tackle Obesity


Closing Ceremony

The Lisbon call to action – To protect children in digital obesogenic environments

Meet the Speakers

A number of highly international experts will participate in this conference.

Afton Halloran

Consultant at WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

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Kremlin Wickramasinghe

Acting Programme Manager Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in the WHO European Region

Carina Ferreira Borges

Acting Head of the WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of NCDs

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Maria João Gregório

Director of the Portuguese National Programme for the Promotion of Healthy Eating of the Directorate-General of Health

Jo Jewell

Nutrition Specialist (Child Overweight and Obesity Prevention), Nutrition Section, UNICEF

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Marta Temido

Portuguese Minister of Health

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Knut Klepp

Executive Director of Mental and Physical Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Pedro Graça

Dean of the Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of the University of Porto

About the Organisers

This conference is co-organized by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in particular the Portuguese Ministry of Health jointly with the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe.


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