Preventing childhood obesity in preschoolers 

putting successful models into perspective in europe


Do you know the Finnish city of Seinäjoki or EPODE in France? These projects have succeeded in drastically reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity in children in their communities. Fortunately, there are now positive examples available in the specialist's world showing HOW we can enable a healthy growing up of children.

It is undisputed that everyone must act in concert in order to reduce children's obesity in the long term. Together with stakeholders from science, civil society and politics, we discuss how this collaboration can be achieved even better. Together we will exchange and improve our knowledge on putting action plans of WHO, the European Commission and national governments into practice and to facilitate a healthy lifestyle of children.

The objectives of the symposium are:
• to stimulate the networking between experts in early childhood education, health promotion, nutrition, physical activity and politics, and

• to bring health promoters, policy makers and scientists together to exchange current international findings,
in order to foster the implementation of evidence-based practice for adopting a healthy lifestyle in childhood in Europe.

We are delighted that prestigious national and international experts with a lot of practical experience support the symposium and look forward to your participation.


Wednesday, 26.Sept.2018
Pioneers Evening

(Event language German)

This evening addresses particularly representatives of early childhood education (Kindergarten teachers, BAfEP students, and others), as well as experts on health promotion and prevention.


The following awaits you:

  • New insights of health promotion for the practice of early childhood education

  • New insights of early childhood education for the practice of health promotion

  • Networking of pioneers for a joint model of obesity prevention in kindergarten

Thursday and Friday,
International Symposium

(Event language English)

High-profile international speakers will present in three keynotes and four sessions. In addition to the presentation of successful models, there is sufficient opportunity for discussion and exchange. Highlights:

  • Ulla Frantti-Malinen (FIN): Co-ordinator of the very successful community program "Lihavuus laskuun" (Overcoming Obesity) in Seinäjoki, Finland

  • Berthold Koletzko (GER): Professor for pediatrics at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and initiator of TigerKids as well as the European follow-up project TOY-BOX

  • Juana Willumsen (WHO): Scientific director of the department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases



  Wed, 26.9. Thu, 27.9. Fri, 28.9.
Pioneers Evening (in German; incl. 27.9. morning) € 60.00    
International Symposium   € 190.00
Entire Event € 240.00
Day Ticket   € 90.00 € 90.00
Day Ticket for students*   € 75.00 € 75.00


Account details: 

The participation fee includes conference documents and, depending on your participation (ticket), lunch, coffee service, reception on Wednesday and/or Thursday's dinner.

In the order of accounting (University of Salzburg) the participation position is assigned. 
Please indicate the purpose of use as "P300700_39".
Bank Austria, IBAN: AT 2312 0000 6953 8346 02, BIC: BKAUATWW

* Participation on both days of the event can be credited with 1.5 ECTS as a free optional subject. The writing of a report is a prerequisite. For further questions, please contact Assoz. Prof. DDr. Susanne Ring-Dimitriou.


Register here


Schloss Rif - UniversitY OF Salzburg


Schlossallee 49, A-5400 Hallein/Rif


The entire event will take place at Schloss Rif, venue of the Department of Sport Science & Kinesiology of the University of Salzburg. Situated just 10 kilometers from the city-centre of Salzburg and of the Berchtesgadener Land, the castle not only offers an ideal venue for the symposium, but its location also allows ease of travel.


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