Ana Isabel Rito
President of the CIOI 2017
The International Conference on Childhood Obesity
Dear friends and colleagues,
We are happy to announce the International Conference on Childhood Obesity –CIOI 2017, that will take place, from 5th to 8th July 2017 in Lisbon –
PORTUGAL, at Fundação Champalimaud.
Over the last decade, much has been done to counteract Childhood obesity at International level, in response to the epidemic levels shown in the beginning of the century.
Still, millions of children are affected by obesity worldwide and Portugal is no exclusion of this scenario showing one of the highest prevalence in Europe, with 30% of children between 6-8 years old, being overweight, in which 14% are obese.
Beginning in 2006 and again in 2011, CIOI – the International Conference on Childhood Obesity, has become on of the most important forum to discuss this important public health issue at international level.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been leading the way on helping countries to tackle this issue through several initiatives in which Portugal has been one of its major activist. The Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative from the Regional Office for Europe and the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity are two great examples, which will be highly represented in this Conference.
Following the Portuguese Health strategy on counteracting childhood obesity, we are now hosts of a union of efforts where together we will tackle this issue. The meeting will strengthen the existing collaboration of all participants, from policy makers, community advocates, educators brushing all areas from health, education to psychology and others, developing all together large-scales childhood policies and programs.
We will have representatives from different areas, believing that this Conference will have a major impact not only for its scientific components but also for its intersectorial approach. Invited speakers from International Organizations and NGOs like World Obesity, European and National Associations of Obesity, WHO, European Union and also National and Local Governments, from Health and Education, along with the private sector and other stakeholders.
The conference will have 5 major tracks covering the most relevant areas on this issue:
Childhood obesity Epidemiology, Social, diet, physical activity and behavioral overview , Non-Governmental Action and Policy making, Improving Food Environment for Children and Childhood health in all policies.
We will provide a very interesting cultural and social programme in order to offer you a nice and complete experience in our lovely country. Lisbon is a beautiful place, an illuminated city near the sea, by the river Tejo, and the constant presence of sunshine transforms the Portuguese capital into a mirror of a thousand colors, where you can find high quality at an environmental, cultural, touristic and management level, a rich architectonic patrimony, where the modernism and the history live together. All represented and gathered in the iconic venue chosen for this Conference: the Champalimaud, Foundation Center for the unknown.
We are very honored to invite you to participate in the International Childhood Obesity Conference CIOI 2017.
President of the National Institute of Health, Doutor Ricardo Jorge, IP
As President of the National Institute of Health, Dr Ricardo Jorge, it is my absolute pleasure to invite you to the 3rd International Conference on Childhood Obesity, CIOI 2017, in the beautiful and charismatic city of Lisbon.
Childhood Obesity has been on the top of the political agenda in Portugal particularly because one in every three children are affected with overweight and obesity, being one of the European countries with the highest prevalence.
Furthermore, worldwide this important public health issue still presents itself as one of the biggest challenge to tackle.
This event will be the perfect forum to present and discuss clinical, epidemiological, and public health scientific research from high level institutions from all over the world.
As its character, we will have an inter-sectorial approach welcoming scientists from health care and public health, education, policy makers, architects, sport and Food Sector professionals, students and all the areas that are important and transversal to the study of obesity and its co-morbidities in children.
With several high level presences already confirmed, from the World Health Organization/Regional Office for Europe, the Portuguese Ministry of Health top institutions and the World Obesity Federation, high level endorsed by his excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, this Conference is an essential part of your academic and professional path and an opportunity to share, among peers, your work.
I wish to welcome you all to Lisbon, next July, and look forward to see your work as a part of what we aim to be an exceptional conference – CIOI 2017.