The Joint Programming Initiative a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (JPI HDHL) brings together 26 countries that align research programming and fund new research to prevent or minimise diet-related chronic diseases.
As part of the Joint Programming Initiative on a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (JPI HDHL), researchers from 28 institutes in 7 European countries and New Zealand combine their expertise to establish a multi-disciplinary research network, PEN. PEN’s vision is to provide Europe with tools to identify, evaluate and benchmark policies designed to directly or indirectly address physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and sedentary behaviour while accounting for existing health inequalities.
PEN will (1) assess public policies with potential influence on food and physical activity environments, (2) foster a pan-European monitoring and surveillance system, (3) model the impact of policies at the population level, (4) evaluate policy implementation processes and their facilitators and barriers, and (5) give recommendations for an equity and diversity perspective in policies directly or indirectly targeting dietary, physical activity or sedentary behaviours across Europe.
OsloMet FNP (Food and Nutrition Policy), which is one of two Norwegian partners in PEN funded by the Research Council of Norway, includes researchers from Consumption Research Norway (SIFO) and the Public Health Nutrition Research Group, Department of Nursing and Health Promotion, Faculty of Health Sciences. In addition, collaboration with relevant researchers from other institutes.
OsloMet FNP’s mainly participate in the following two PEN activities:
- Assess public policies with potential influence on food environments: Adapt and implement a Food Environment Policy Index (Food EPI) in Norway.
- Contribute to summarising requirements for policy interventions to reach vulnerable groups, including lower socio-economic groups and ethnic minority populations. Give recommendations for an equity and diversity perspective in policies targeting dietary, physical activity or sedentary behaviours across Europe.