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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.



Fernando Almeida

 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.


Preliminary Version

1Registration17:00 - 19:00
2Open Ceremony19:30 - 20:00
3Opening Show & Reception Cocktail with the performance of: "orquestra geração"20:00 - 22:00
1T5: Reducing Childhood Obesity in Poland through Effective Policy InterventionsViktoria Kovacs (HU) 8h30Main Auditorium
2T4: Food safety – a challenge to a healthy balance between a better quality food production and the consumers needs (INIAV)Rui Rosário (INIAV / PT) 8h30Mini Auditorium
3Own fault big belly - An inspirational TalkTommy Visscher 9h00 - 10h15WHITE LOUNGE
4T4: Food Safety and Food Labelling. (ASAE)Pedro Portugal Gaspar ( ASAE / PT) 8h45MINI AUDITORIUM
5T2: “Cyclehagen”- Copenhagen an active city designed for two wheels”René Kural (DK) 8h55MAIN AUDITORIUM
6T4: “Safe Food for Consumers from Farm to Fork”(FIPA)Pedro Queiroz (FIPA / PT) 9h00MINI Auditorium
7T2: “These boots are made for walking... scouts talk”João Armando Gonçalves (World Scout Committee) 9h20Main auditorium
8T1: WHO-Euro database of complementary feeding practicesLaura Webber (UK Health Forum /UK) 9h15MINI auditorium
9T4:Infant Food and Risk AssessmentPaula Alvito (INSA/ PT) 9h30MINI auditorium
102: Promoting Physical Activity in the Land of Football: It Shouldn't Be Too HardPedro Teixeira (Faculty of Human Kinetics/Univ Lisboa / PT) 9h45main auditorium
11T4 The Food Environment Policy Index: A tool for comparing national food environmentsJoana Lima (Oxford University/ UK) 9h45mini auditorium
12Debate10h00 – 10h15Mini auditorium
13debate10h00 – 10h15main auditorium
14@round the world - Facebook CIOI2017 Live StreamingPhilip James 10h15-11h00main auditorium
15Coffee & Social Program "MD Crew"11h00 - 11h30
16The Epidemiology of childhood obesity in Europe and worldwide.Wolfgang Ahrens 11h30 -12h15Main auditorium
17DebateMargherita Caroli (ECOG) , Angela Spinelli , Pedro Graça , Tim Lobstein 12h15 - 13h00
18Luch & Social Program "Zumba Class" with Oeiras Dance Academy13h00-14h30
19What does a whole system response to obesity look like?Harry Rutter 14h30 - 15h15Main Auditorium
20DebateKnut Inge- Klepp , Paul Gately , Pedro Teixeira (Faculty of Human Kinetics/Univ Lisboa / PT) , Jane Landon 15h15 - 16h00Main auditorium
21Coffee Break - Social Program "sevillanas siempre a bailar"16h00 - 16h30
22Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative COSI/WHO Europe Session - The southern European DebateSara Santos Sanz , Paula Vassalo , Maria Hassapidou , Angela Spinelli , Igor Spiroski , Ana Rito , Knut Inge- Klep (moderador) , Sanja Milanovic , Eliza Markidou 16h30-18h00Main auditorium
23T2: Exploring public procurement of food for health in schools and beyondSandra Caldeira 16h30mini auditorium
24T3: Obesity, children, families and society: Settings and social dynamicsSilvia Silva (ISCTE / PT) 16h30white lounge
25T2: Food Education at Finish School promotes the well being of the whole school communityMarjaana Manninen (FI) 16h45mini auditorium
26T1: A new approach for monitoring Obesity and Overweight among Students in Amadora's Public SchoolsMiguel Cabral (ACES Amadora / PT) 16h45white lounge
27T2: Guidelines for Healthier Canteens; Making the Healthier Choice the Norm in SchoolsGerda Feunekes (NL) 17h00mini auditorium
28T1: Infant Obesity Appointments at USF São João da TalhaMariana Portugal (PT) 17h00white lounge
29T5: Good practices to promote healthier environments in kindergartens and schools – An EU Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity (JANPA) focusing on childhood obesityEszter Sarkadi-Nagy (HU) 17h15mini auditorium
30T1: Efficacy of the Nutrition Appointment in treating obese children and teenagers.Vânia Correia 17h15white lounge
31T2:Sensory training for kindergarten teachers. an experiential approach to sense perception in kindergarten age.Anna-Lena Aufschnaiter 17h30mini auditorium
32T3: Engaging weight loss in obese children through motivational interviewingSónia Mestre (USF Cuidar Saúde / PT) 17h30white lounge
33debate17h45 - 18h00mini auditorium
34debate17h45white lounge
35poster sessions18h00 - 18h30exhibition hall
1T4:The influence of television food advertising in children's choicesSusana Teixeira (PT) 9h00MAIN AUDITORIUM
2T2: MINUTO AZUL - Healthy Food on the Radio TSFIsabel Santiago (PT) 9h00MINI AUDITORIUM
3T4: Monitoring marketing of food and beverages to children in Norwegian grocery stores –The “Sweep” methodLene Frost Andersen(University of Oslo/NO) 9h15Main AUDITORIUM
4T4: Nutriscience project: an effective web-based intervention in the nutritional literacy of children ́s familiesPatricia Padrão (PT) 9h15Mini AUDITORIUM
5T4: The nature and impact of television food advertising in the UK, pre and post regulationsJason Halford 9h30Main AUDITORIUM
6T3: Associations between weight status and home environment of Lithuanian first-gradersAusra Petrauskiene (Lithuanian University of Health Sciences / LT) 9h30Mini AUDITORIUM
7T3: Living with paediatric obesity: Individual and familiar adaptationRoberta Frontini (University of Coimbra / PT) 9h45MINI AUDITORIUM
8T4: The European Action Network on Reducing Marketing Pressure on ChildrenPedro Graça 9h50MAIN AUDITORIUM
9T3: Relationship between depressive symptoms and risk of eating disorders in primary school childrenEva Pereda-Pereda (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU/SP) 10h00mini auditorium
10T4: Is self-regulation enough?Tim Lobstein 10h10main audiorium
11T1: “Support for severely obese children – Does it exist?”Paul Gately 10h15mini auditorium
12T4: The marketing world for childrenJoão Breda (WHO-Europe) 10h30main auditorium
13debate9h00 - 10H15mini auditorium
14debate10h50 – 11h00main auditorium
15Treatment of Child/Adolescent Obesity as an Addictive Process - WorkshopRobert Pretlow (USA) 9h00-10h45WHITE LOUNGE
16Fat, Bad and always Sad?Andrew Hill 11h30-12h15
17Chairpersons/ContributorsTommy Visscher , Jason Halford , Isabel Loureiro , Harry Rutter 12h15- 13h00main auditorium
18LUNCH & social program "yoga class" with confederação portuguesa de yoga13h00-14h30
19Jamie Oliver Food RevolutionEmma Shipley (Jamie Oliver Food Revolution) 14h30-14h45main auditorium
20debateLousie Codling , Pedro Moreira , João Breda , Philip James 14h45 - 15h45main auditorium
21coffee break & social program "break dance" oeiras dance academy15h45-16h15
22IAN-AF – Results of the New National Dietary SurveyCarla Lopes (Faculty of Medicine – University of Porto / PT) 16h15main auditorium
23From the Lab to Metabolic and Biological Outcomes - Champalimaud Foundation/Albino Maia 16h15mini auditorium
24T2: Socio-ecological intervention in the Algarve to prevent childhood obesityTeresa Sancho (PT) 16h15white lounge
25T2: Food in Action Project – a national youth health strategyRute Borrego (PT) 16h30white lounge
26T1: Feeding practices and dietary intake in children to tackle obesity: a look at some portuguese dataPedro Moreira 16h30main auditorium
27T1: Cardiometabolic risk in early children: underpinning the effect of longitudinal growth trajectories: the Generation XXI studyAna Cristina Santos (FM University of Porto /PT) 16h30mini auditorium
28T5:Nutrition communication centres join forces: the European Public Health Nutrition AllianceGerda Feunekes (NL) 16h45white lounge
29Eat Mediterranean project.Ana Dinis (Regional Health Administration Lisbon VT / PT) 17h00main auditorium
30T1: A Pilot Study on Investigating Sensory Perception and The Relation to Body Composition and Biomarkers of Mother-Infant Pairs: Study Design and Lessons LearnedAnna-Lena Aufschnaiter 16H45mini auditorium
31T3: Kids summer school: exercise/ food/ healthAida Moreira Silva (ACES Baixo Mondego/ PT) 17h00white lounge
32Iodine in Portuguese Diet.Isabel Castanheira (INSA /PT ) 17h00main auditorium
33h: descriptive study from a Portuguese population 17h00mini auditorium
34T3: Apps and eHealth Interventions for Weight Management: Hype or Hope for Childhood Obesity PreventionIsabel Almeida (PT) 17h15white lounge
35Vitamin D supplementation in children.Alejandro Santos (PT) FCNAUP) 17h15main auditorium
36T3: Association among age, maturation, perceived competence and obesityIsabel Mourão Carvalhal (PT) 17h15mini auditorium
37T3: Study of the association of socio-demographic factors and feeding practices with the dietary intake in 3-6years old childrenSaeid Doaei (IR) 17h30white lounge
38Debate/Discussion17h30main auditorium
39Debate/Discussion17h45mini auditorium
40Debate/Discussion17h45white lounge
41Poster sessions18h00-18h30Exhibition hall
1T5 - EASO SESSION9:00 - 10:30Main Auditorium
2T1: WHO childhood obesity surveillance initiative – SpainSara Santos Sanz 9h00MINI AUDITORIUM
3T3: Different BMI, different behavior?Luis Rodrigues (PT) 9h00WHITE LOUNGE
4T1: Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative Portugal - Methodology of the Northern Regional Health AdministrationTeresa Rodrigues (PT) 9h15mini auditorium
5T1: Generational obesity: testing the association of parents BMI with childhood overweight and obesity in children up to 13 years oldAlexandra Amoroso 9h20WHITE LOUNGE
6T1: Overweight and obesity among school children in Hungary by urbanity and regions using three cut-off criteria (COSI Hungary)Erdei Gergo (HU) 9h30mini auditorium
7Parental Perception of 6 to 8 year old chidren ́s body image and childhood obesitySofia Mendes 9h40WHITE LOUNGE
8T1: Overweight and obesity track over time in primary school children: longitudinal findings in the childhood obesity surveillance initiative in the republic of Ireland.Mirjam Heinen (IE) 9h45mini auditorium
9T1: Monitoring the complex causes of childhood obesity on a national level: Results from the German AdiMon-ProjectGianni Varnaccia 10h00mini auditorium
10T4:The Relationship between TV Viewing and Food Intake and BMI in Preschool ChildrenMaryam Gholamalizadeh (IR) 10h00white lounge
11Debate/Discussion10h15mini auditorium
12Debate/Discussion10h20white lounge
13Coffee Break & Social Program "Tunas Académicas de Lisboa"10h30-11h00
15DEBATESandra Caldeira , Francisco George , Tim Lobstein 11h45-12h30
16Awards Session - CIOI2017 Best Poster Award; CIOI 2017 Team cycle Challenge Award12h30-13h30
17Closing Ceremony - Ministry of Health; “Coro Infantil de Santo Amaro de Oeiras”; “Teresa Borges – Ballet Performance”12h30-13h30


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