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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

European Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity JANPA

A European Joint Action to halt the rise of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents by 2020


ANSES, together with the French Directorate General for Health, is coordinating JANPA, the European Joint Action on Nutrition and Physical Activity, which aims to halt the rise of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents by 2020. JANPA will enable the 26 participating countries to share and discuss the practices they implement to combat obesity and overweight, in order to identify the most effective levers for action. In addition to overall coordination, the Agency will be particularly involved in the component of the project concerning nutritional information, which aims to share good practices in terms of the way information about food is collected, and also about how it is used by stakeholders, in the framework of dietary policies.


JANPA is a direct contribution to the EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity 2014-2020. By sharing, identifying and selecting the best data and practices available within the 26 countries involved (25 of the Member States of the EU, plus Norway), JANPA will be able to:

  • estimate and forecast the economic costs of overweight and obesity occurring during childhood,
  • improve the implementation of integrated actions to promote healthy eating and physical activity for pregnant women and families with young children,
  • contribute to healthier school environments,
  • increase the use of nutritional information relating to food by public health authorities, stakeholders and families.

France is responsible for the coordination of JANPA, with the roles being divided between ANSES and the Directorate General for Health (DGS) of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women's Rights. ANSES is responsible for the overall coordination of JANPA, mainly focused on the management of projects as well their links with JANPA’s dissemination and evaluation work.

The DGS will provide technical guidance and the French contribution to the work of JANPA, more particularly regarding the technical workpackage, WP6: "Healthy Environments by integrated approaches". 

ANSES will lead a different technical workpackage, WP5: "Monitoring nutritional information and promoting the reformulation of foods", which aims to share good practices regarding the nutritional information given on packaging, the use of this information in the framework of public policies and also the way it is understood by consumers. This contribution will be based on the French experience with "Oqali", the nutrition section of the French Observatory of Food Quality, which is responsible for matters relating to the offer and characteristics of foods and which will be the model for two pilot studies carried out in Romania and Austria. 

The National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) will also contribute to the technical work of WP5, as will 10 other European partners representing Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

JANPA has received funding from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020). JANPA began on 1 September 2015, with a public launch on 28 September and an internal meeting of the partners on 29 and 30 September 2015 in Luxembourg. JANPA will last for 27 months, until the end of November 2017. A dedicated website, newsletters and other communication tools will enable stakeholders to follow the progress of the work.