In order to understand and convey to others how they achieved this
impressive change, we made contact with their health administration.
Based on very constructive dialogue, we have mapped their journey,
including political target-setting, resource prioritisation,
evaluation-based evolution of interventions, organisation and
training, and continuous learning.
In the mid-2000s the municipality decided to focus prevention
efforts on school children. An initial programme produced so-so
results but a formal evaluation and new evidence from others pointed
to the current selection of offerings – the wellbeing palette – which
the municipality believes has produced the positive development.
All of the activities are voluntary but one intervention – the
overweight clinic led by specialised public health nurses – is
targeted treatment involving the entire family and requires deeper
commitment over several years. So far, 130+ families have been
enrolled with more than 80% of the children achieving a decrease or
stagnation in BMI.