The project


The overall aim of the project is to contribute to halting the rise of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents by 2020. JANPA stands for “Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity”.


In accordance with the policy actions that addresses overweight and obesity at European level and as a contribution to the EU Action plan on childhood obesity 2014-2020, JANPA has the focus on aspects such as: the economic burden of obesity in national health systems, the multilevel and multi-sectorial and life-course approach for preventing health problems that originate from childhood obesity, sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy nutrition and related health problems, taking into account social inequality.


JANPA intends:

  • to use the economic evaluation of the cost of overweight and obesity in children to encourage public actions
  • to support a healthy start in life by promoting healthy nutrition and physical activity to pregnant women and families with young children, through identifying the successful multi-component interventions for different settings
  • to promote healthier environments in schools and pre-schools
  • to identify and share actions at local or national level regarding nutrition and physical activities.
  • to share specific tools to promote healthy eating and drinking practices and improve the consumers information at national level.

In order to achieve these specific goals the project is organized in 7 work packages (WP), each one linked to specific objectives and activities. Read the description of the work packages.



JANPA is carried out by a network of institutions from 25 European countries plus Norway.

The consortium plays a crucial role in the development of a joint effort to provide a valuable source of information: the project, through the identification, selection and sharing of best data and best practices within the 26 countries involved, concentrate on specific actions to give a strong contribution to the nutrition and physical activity policies regarding obesity in children and adolescents.




JANPA would like to reach primarily decision makers, educational bodies, schools, parents’ & citizen associations and all the other professionals in the fields of nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention that are working to implement the actions among the final target groups (children, mothers and families).



JANPA is a 27 months project, started on September 2015 and will continue until November 2017.