The „Ștefan cel Mare” University from Suceava started on the 16th of June 2020 the implementation of the project „Personalized prevention tools in obesity and diabetes – a joint Romanian-Ukrainian programme of health education (PrePOD)”, no. ENI CBC 2SOFT/4.1/56. This project is funded by the European Union. The Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine 2014-2020 is financed by the European Union through the European Neighbourhood Instrument and co-financed by the participating countries in the Programme.

The project implementation period is 18 months, and the partner of our project is the Precarpathian National University “Vasyl Stefanyk”, from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

The total budget of the project is 329,200 euro, of which 296,280 euro (90%) represents the contribution of the Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine 2014- 2020 and 32, 920 euro (10 represents the contribution of the 2 partners, the „Ștefan cel Mare” University from Suceava and the Precarpathian National University “Vasyl Stefanyk”, from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

The main objective of the project is to increase public and medical staff awareness of risk factors linked to overweight, obesity and diabetes through on-site screening, nutrition counseling and education and personalized health feedback.

The specific objectives are:

    · To screen individuals (adult and children) to determine their risks for overweight, obesity or diabetes and provide integrative customized tools for disease prevention.

    · To assess current medical practices of family physicians and train primary health care providers in adopting preventative approaches and effective nutrition counseling to obese and diabetic patients.

    · To intensify cooperation between Romanian and Ukrainian health specialists with the aims of: 1) obtaining a scientific understanding of the current situation regarding rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes in our regions; 2) identifying common evidence-based solutions to decrease rates of diseases; and 3) raising the level of exposure of faculty, technical staff and students to scientific knowledge by involving them in exchange visits, trainings and research-related project activities.

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