Juana Willumsen, Dr.

Technical officer, WHO, Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases

Juana Willumsen is a technical officer of the World Health Organization in the department for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases. Her work focusses on population-based prevention of NCDs through policies to promote healthy diets and physical activity. She supports the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. A nutritionist by training, she has also contributed to the development of technical guidance at WHO on infant and young child nutrition, preconception and antenatal care and the Every Newborn Action Plan to end preventable newborn deaths. She has a PhD from the Institute of Child Health, University College, London and worked for a number of years in South Africa.

Daniel Weghuber, a.o. Univ. Prof. Dr. med.

Professor of Pediatrics, Universitätsklinik für Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde Salzburg und medical lead SALTO 

Daniel Weghuber, MD, is an alumni of Vienna Medical School. He is Professor of Pediatrics at Paracelsus Medical School (PMU) in Salzburg, Austria. Clinically, he works as a consultant at the Department of Pediatrics, heading the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the Obesity Research Unit at PMU, focusing on metabolic comorbidities including glucose and fat metabolism (in particular disturbed insulin sensitivity and secretion) and phenotypes of preclinical atherosclerosis. Other areas of interest include orthopedic and psychological comorbidities, interdisciplinary diagnostics, mitochondrial genetics, lifestyle and pharmacological treatment as well interdisciplinary bariatric surgery of children and adolescents with obesity. In addition, is involved in several training and educational activities of health care professionals on a national and international level in regard to obesity management. He is currently elected President of the European Childhood Obesity Group.

Tommy Visscher, Dr. (tbc)

Professor at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle, The Netherlands. 

Dr. Tommy Visscher is trained as an epidemiologist and he is now working in the field of prevention and health promotion. He is appointed as associate professor Healthy cities at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle, The Netherlands. His main research interest is in the field of prevention and management of overweight and obesity. He understands that the perspectives of communities and individual patients are crucial in any strategy forward. Dr. Visscher is part of the EPODE International Network (EIN)board and he has chaired the Prevention and public health taskforce by the European Association for the Study of Obesity for ten years. He is now the scientific representative for EASO's Patient council and he chairs the scientific advisory committee for JOGG (Youth at a Healthy Weight) which is the Dutch EIN-movement.

David Thivel, Dr.

Associate Professor in Exercise Nutrition and Health Sciences, Clermont Auvergne University (France)

After a PhD in Exercise Physiology and Human Nutrition at the French National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA/Blaise Pascal University), Dr Thivel completed a first post-doctoral program at the NY Nutrition Obesity Research Center (Columbia University, NYC, USA) and a second one at the Children Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEO-Ri / HALO) in Canada. While during his PhD and post-doctoral positions David Thivel focused his work on the energetic and nutritional responses to acute exercise of various intensities in lean and obese children, his work tries now to identify the physiological and neurocognitive signals involved in these nutritional compensatory responses to induced–energy deficits in children and adolescents with obesity. He is now Associate Professor in Exercise Nutrition and Health Sciences at the Clermont Auvergne University (France), member of the Research Center for Human Nutrition, the CALORIS Obesity Group and the European Childhood Obesity Group.

DDr. Mag. Susanne Ring-Dimitriou, Associate Professor

Department of Sport Science and Kinesiology of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg

Susanne Ring-Dimitriou is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sport Science and Kinesiology of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. She started her academic career in Salzburg, is a certified trainer in sports swimming, finished her doctoral thesis at the German Sports School Cologne (Sports Medicine and Science of Exercise Training, 1991-1995) and was a post doc at the Department of Nutrition and Biochemistry of the Aristoteles University Thessaloniki (1996-1999). In 2016 she received her second doctor´s degree in Medical Sciences (Exercise Therapy) from the Paracelsus Medical Private University. She dedicates her work to "Exercise, Physical Fitness and Health" with a focus on untrained adults and children with increased metabolic and cardiovascular risk.

Regine Rehaag

Scientific Board KATALYSE Institute and Head of Health and Nutrition Research

Graduate teacher for the subjects Biology and Philosophy First (University of Cologne) and Second State Examination degree for Teaching at upper secondary school level; Scientific Board KATALYSE Institute and Head of Health and Nutrition Research

Research Areas and Working Priorities: Prevention and Nutrition Research, Settings-based approach to health promotion,
Community-based health promotion for children and adolescents, Health inequality, Obesity Research, Evaluation

Regine Rehaag has been conducting research at the KATALYSE Institute on transdisciplinary issues in the field of sustainability, health and nutrition research since 2002, is head of the Research Area Health and Nutrition Research and currently coordinates the Consortium 'Comprehensive Community-based Health Promotion for Children (www.gesundaufwachsen.net).


Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietics, Harokopio University, Athens; specialized in Nutritional Assessement, Counselling and Health Promotion.

Postgraduate studies in Human Nutrition (M.Med.Sc. & M.Phil) at Sheffield University, UK & PHD in Preventive Medicine and Nutrition Clinic, Medical School at the University of Crete, primarily focused on children´s prevention of obesity and cardiometabolic risk factors.

Over the last 20 years research interests have been expanded to include nutritional assessment of large national and multinational cohorts, as well as the development and implementation of community and web based interventions and randomized clinical trials for the prevention or treatment of obesity, cardiometabolic risk factors and osteoporosis in all life stages.

Actively involved as a Principal Investigator or Coordinator in many national and European research programmes Author/Coauthor in more than 430 scientific papers published in international scientific journals with more than 8.000 citations. he has received eight awards for his scientific work by national and international organizations. 

Susi Kriemler, Prof. Dr. med.

Pediatrican and sports medicine specialist, University of Zürich

Prof Dr. med. S. Kriemler is a board certified pediatrican and sports medicine specialist and has done both clinical work and research. She has a joint position with us and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute of the University of Basel as senior researcher. She has studied physical activity in children with a chronic health condition, has looked at physiological differences between the exercising child and adult, and has recently finished a school-based physical activity intervention study in Switzerland (showing multiple beneficial health effects), which now has been published in BMJ. In addition, she has written chapters in textbooks on these issues. She is past president of the Swiss Society of Sports Medicine, and finally proud mother of two growing children.

Berthold Koletzko, Dr med habil Dr hc mult, Prof of Paediatrics, Prof hc

Prof of Paediatrics at LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and head of the department for Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine at Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital, Germany

Berthold Koletzko, Dr med habil Dr hc mult, Prof of Paediatrics, Prof hc, works at LMU - Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany and heads Metabolic & Nutritional Medicine at Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital, LMU Medical Centre. He authored 890 journal articles (Times Cited 17 497, H-index 66), 208 book chapters, and 36 books/monographies. Bert is President, Fed Int Soc Paediatr Gastroenterol, Hepatol & Nutrition (fispghan.org), Immediate Past-President, Eur Soc Paediatr Gastroenterol, Hepatol & Nutrition (espghan.org), council member, United Eur Gastroenterol (ueg.eu), Eur Pediatr Assoc (epa-unepsa.org), Int Soc Developm Origins Health Disease (dohadsoc.org), and Int Soc Res Human Milk Lactation (isrhml.net/). He is Strategic Technical Advisor on Nutrition, Int Pediatr Assoc. His grant funding >20 mio. € during the last decade was provided by Eur Commission, Eur Res Council, German Res Council, German Ministry Educ Res, governm. of Bavaria & Norway, US NIH, et al. He serves on German Research Council grant review board medicine and chairs the Clinical Trial grant review board. He coordinates the EU FP7 EarlyNutrition Project (project-earlynutrition.eu) and the EU Erasmus+ Project Early Nutrition eAcademy South East Asia. He is Editor in Chief of Ann Nutr & Metab and World Rev Nutr Diet, and Assoc. Editor, Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metabol Care & Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde.

Jo Jewell

Technical Officer, WHO, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity 

Jo Jewell is Technical Officer for Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, where he has worked since 2014. His previous experience includes roles as Policy and Public Affairs Manager at World Cancer Research Fund International, based in London, and as Policy Coordinator at the European Public Health Alliance in Brussels. He has a background in European politics and has a Masters from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing. His experience and publications mainly relate to nutrition policy and surveillance, including a focus on food marketing to children, the use of price policies, nutrition labelling, food composition and product reformulation.

Thomas Freudenthaler, Mag.

Ph.D. student and scientific coordinator SALTO, Paris Lodron University Salzburg

Thomas Freudenthaler has completed an apprenticeship as a company electrician and worked as a control engineer in the industry. After completing his studies at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg and before starting his dissertation, Thomas was active as a trainer for artistic gymnastics. The honorary participation in the "Network Healthy Community Upper Austria" of the municipality of Bad Hall, was awarded the 3rd place of the Health Promotion Award of the province of Upper Austria in 2014. In 2014 he worked as a project manager in the initiation phase of SALTO. From 2014 to 2017 he coordinated the evaluation for SALTO, MoYo and In form. In 2015 he began his dissertation at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg focusing on motor skills. He is a certified trainer for artistic gymnastics and lecturer at the movement academy and the gymnastics academy.


Coordinator of Health and Welfare Promotion of the City of Seinäjoki since 2015

Ulla Frantti-Malinen is coordinator of Health and Welfare Promotion of the City of Seinäjoki since 2015. She has a Master's Degree in Health Promotion and a Master in Nursing Degree. Work experience since 1980 in social and health care, municipalities and health promotion programs. Specialty has been project and development duties since 2002. Leading the Health and Welfare Promotion Unit and the Overcoming Obesity Programme of the City of Seinäjoki, Finland.

City of Seinäjoki has 63 000 inhabitants and it is located in southern Ostrobothnia in Finland. In 2013 City of Seinäjoki set the target to reduce obesity and overweight among children and young people. Obesity and obesity related diseases are national health problems in Finland, and the rate of overweight children has multiplied over the past decades. The target is to decrease the amount of children and young people who could become obese in adulthood preventing obesity related diseases at their later age. The goal is to promote healthy changes in lifestyle of children and families with the help of lifestyle guidance, nutrition and exercising. Well-being targets of the City of Seinäjoki bind all sectors, and reduction of obesity and overweight is the common target for the whole city. Programme of the City of Seinäjoki is a good example of Health in All Policies approach. The Programme is based on the National Obesity Programme 2012–2018, coordinated by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (www.thl.fi).


Institut für Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention (IfGP), Fachbereich Kinder- und Jugendgesundheit

Dr. Felder-Puig studied Psychology at the University of Vienna and Clinical Research at the Danube University Krems. She has been working as a researcher since 1994, when she began to study the health-related quality of life of children and adolescents with cancer at the St. Anna Children's Hospital. Soon there were successful collaborations with researchers from Canada and the USA and publications in renowned international journals. As a result, she devoted herself in her work to children and adolescents with other diseases and healthy schoolchildren. After three years at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Technology Assessment, she led her way to the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Promotion Research (LBIHPR) in June 2009, where she led the program "School Health Promotion." Since the closure of the LBIHPR in March 2016, she has continued her work in the department "Child and Youth Health" at the Institute for Health Promotion and Prevention (IfGP), located in Vienna.

Mirko Eichner Master of Public Policy, Dipl.-Soz. (MPP)

Plattform Ernährung und Bewegung e.V. (peb), Berlin

Mirko Eichner studied sociology in Hamburg and Bielefeld. He is managing director of the Plattform Ernährung und Bewegung e.V. (peb) for which he has been working since 2006. peb is an open alliance with approximately 100 members from the public sector, science, business, sports, health care and civil society. peb promotes balanced nutrition and regular and adequate exercise as essential components of a healthy lifestyle in children and adolescents. While working for peb, he completed his Master of Public Policy (MPP) studies at the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance in Berlin. He has been involved in the development and implementation of the projects "Healthy nurseries - strong children" and "KiCo Kita-Coaches IN FORM" and – on behalf of – was responsible for the publication of the book "Gesunde Kita – starke Kinder (Healthy nurseries - Strong Children)". He took part in the development of the materials of the projects.

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