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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics of the OPEN programmes/initiatives

From: Tools for a systematic appraisal of integrated community-based approaches to prevent childhood obesity

Programme, country Programme range (region/city) Year of initiation Final target group (s) Communities/schools reached People reached/targeted
Child health programme, Cyprusa Regional (Nicosia) 1995 Children and their families 8 communities 4.500 children and families (incl. 1000 of the control area)
Salud Madrid, Spain Regional (Madrid)e N/A Children and adolescents 0–17 years old 179 communities 1.185.156 children and adolescents
EPODE Flandre Lys, Franceb Regional (Community of Municipalities French Flanders - Lys) 2004 3 months to 11 years old 8 communities 34.000 people (7000 children)
JOGG (Youngsters at a Healthy Weight), The Netherlandsb National 2010 Families with children 0–19 years old 62 communities 1.000.000 (300.000 children)
Keep fit, Poland National –school based 2006 Adolescents from 13 to 15 years old 60% of the secondary schools in the country 700.000 adolescents/year
HELP (Healthy Eating Lifestyle Plan) initiative, Maltac National 2007 Children 5–16 and families The whole country Whole population and at-risk population
MUNSI, Portugal National 2007 (school-based pilot) Children and teachers 1 community 1600 children
PAIDEIATROFI, Greeceb National 2008 Families with children 6–12 years old 6 communities N/A
Good Health Partille, Swedena Local (Partille) New Children from 2 to 10 years old 1 community 7.000 children
SETS movement, Romaniab National 2011 Children from 6 to 12 years old 3 communities 190.000 children and families
Sporttube, Slovakia Nationald 2009 Children from 6 to 19 years old 200 schools 53.000 children
VIASANO, Belgiumb National 2007 children 3–12 and their families 18 communities 700.000 inhabitants
  1. a: Programmes included in the IDEFICS network and continues carrying out prevention activities independently
  2. b: Programmes using the EPODE methodology for their realisation
  3. c: HELP is a multi-level initiative running under the Health Promotion and Disease Directorate, Ministry of Energy and Health, Malta
  4. d: The campaigns of the programme are implemented in different regions of Slovakia; no local coordination team involved
  5. e: Although the programme is regional, it is coordinated by a central team and the actual implementation is conducted by local teams. It is considered as a two-level programme (central and local coordination)