Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles

Best Practices in Public Health

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Overweight and obesity affects over half of all men and women in OECD countries. This has significant health and economic consequences. As part of OECD’s work on promoting best practices in public health, this report outlines policy recommendations on how to address two leading overweight risk factors: poor diet and lack of physical activity. Policy recommendations are drawn from a review of high-priority interventions implemented in OECD and EU27 countries.



This chapter covers the case study of ToyBox, a school-based healthy lifestyle intervention operating in several European countries targeting children aged 3‑4 years of age. The case study includes an assessment of ToyBox against the five best practice criteria, policy options to enhance performance and an assessment of its transferability to other OECD and EU27 countries.


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