WHO Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity (CCPANO) aims to increase the role of prevention in reducing non-communicable diseases including obesity, diabetes, chronic lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases.

The centre supports the WHO’s prevention programs around physical activity, obesity prevention and nutrition. Specifically, the team helps implement and deliver the WHO’s Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health and provides support to its Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Global Monitoring Framework.

The Centre also has a broad range of research work, including:

  • Monitoring and measuring chronic disease risk factors, with a special focus on physical activity surveillance.
  • Contributing to WHO prevention work around physical activity, obesity and nutrition.
  • Working in diabetes prevention and developing guidelines.
  • Undertaking evidence-based reviews to underpin chronic disease prevention recommendations.
  • Analysing the impact of food marketing to children, including food labelling, and healthy nutrition.