SPEAKERS

ULLA FRANTTI-MALINEN

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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