Les Pensières at Fondation Mérieux. Annecy, France: 1 - 5 July 2019

Obesity is recognised as one of Europe’s priority health challenges, however specialised obesity training is not widely available. Obesity care and public health strategies can therefore vary enormously across the European region.

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EASO education programmes provide a solution by offering comprehensive training for European health professionals working in the prevention and management of obesity. Course content will be delivered by European KOLs (Key Opinion Leaders) and experts.

Learning Objectives

The school will provide invaluable opportunities to network and collaborate with faculty and fellow attendees.

The 2019 EASO TTT will be delivered in two streams, clinical management (days 1-3) and public health (days 3-4).

Clinical Management Learning Objectives

  • Recognise that obesity is a chronic relapsing disease that has a multifactorial aetiology and multiple health consequences.
  • Appreciate patient perspectives and the significant issues of weight bias and stigma.
  • Appreciate clinical evaluation techniques and be cognisant of the effectiveness of various interventions including dietary, physical activity, behavioural, pharmacological and surgical approaches.
  • Be familiar with a variety of evidence-based and patient-centered tools and methods that can assist and enhance the implementation of weight management programmes.

Public Health Learning Objectives

  • Recognise the complexity of obesity and the concept of systems mapping.
  • Appreciate and understand different policy environments.
  • Attain knowledge and skills to develop and implement public health strategies that recognize the needs of individuals and communities affected by obesity.
  • Attain knowledge and skills to develop and implement evidence-based and person-centered obesity prevention interventions.
  • Learn how to engage with policymakers and to communicate effectively.

Teaching Topics

Teaching will be delivered via lectures, clinical case studies, group discussions and skills workshops. Candidates will receive a comprehensive toolkit to improve and enhance their daily practice and project development. Topics will include:

Clinical Management

  • Living with obesity: what it means to me
  • Obesity is a disease: evidence and implications
  • Weight bias and stigma
  • How to start the conversation about weight and obesity
  • Clinical evaluations and a comprehensive review of treatment options
  • Obesity in pregnancy and post-partum
  • Childhood and adolescent obesity
  • Complications of obesity: clinical case studies
  • Bariatric surgery and post surgery care
  • Pharmacotherapy options
  • Physical activity options
  • Dietary interventions
  • Psycho-social and behavioural aspects
  • Patient motivation

Public Health

  • Complex systems
  • Individual and population approaches
  • Policy environments
  • Food systems
  • Front of pack labelling
  • Commercial determinants Behavioural food policies
  • Storytelling for policymakers
  • Health promotion

Who should apply?

Up to 80 funded places are available for this residential training course. Applications are invited from HCPs and PCPs from European countries, identified via a competitive application process. Acceptance will be restricted to applicants who:

  • Hold a Masters/PhD degree and/or
  • Have 3-5 years of relevant practical
    experience and/or
  • Are MDs working in the field of obesity

Priority will be given to applicants who are members of EASO affiliated National Associations.

Information and Applications

For further information and to apply online, please use the online application form.

EASO expects to receive a high number of applications, it is therefore important that you give as much information as possible in your submission. Teaching at the 2019 Train the Trainer will be delivered via overview lectures and case study based teaching workshops. Some candidate case studies will be used as practical examples, so please outline, in no more than 300 words, a topic that you would like to see addressed in workshop format. This could be anything from a real life clinical case to a work or school based intervention, or even a case based on influencing policymakers.

There is no registration fee and EASO will provide transfers, hotel accommodation and all meals for successful applicants.

The deadline for receipt of application is 26 April 2019.

EASO Objectives

The Train the Trainer Summer School contributes to EASO’s charitable objectives:

  • To establish obesity as an urgent and relevant health and wellbeing priority
  • To develop evolving evidence-based approaches for preventing and treating obesity across the lifespan
  • To promote effective solutions through research, education and policy

The 2019 EASO Train the Trainer Summer School is supported via an unrestricted educational grant from Novo Nordisk.