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Youth involvement is key to generate change
Today, young people represent the largest part of the population globally. Increasingly, we are seeing a desire for young people to get their voices heard. However, true and lasting effects to positively impact youth health, including overweight and obesity, will not only need to include young people’s input, perspective and suggestions: the leadership of young people themselves needs to be part of the answer. For this reason, the World Obesity Federation has created as part of the CO-CREATE project, and our collaborator project STOP, a website that will provide young people with the necessary knowledge and advocacy tools to promote their positive engagement to address health-related challenges.
Healthy Voices simultaneously exploits the results and learning from our project as well as the STOP project and sustains positive youth engagement. It is an educational and capacity-building platform and provides a space for blogs and discussions. It aims to provide young people with some tools and expertise about how to become actively involved in shaping their environments and become agents of change.