TAO Project

TAO Project

TAO is a European project that aims to Tackle Adolescent Obesity and promote inclusion through nutrition trainings for disadvantaged youth.

In 2018, based on the consideration that the European Union’s actions and policies to tackle obesity, especially amongst adolescents, seem to lack actual efficiency, Safe Food Advocacy Europe A.S.B.L. (SAFE) successfully applied for the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme to fund this project.

Safe Food advocacy Europe is the project coordinator.

Here is a short presentation video of the TAO Project

It is of a high importance for dismantling weight-based stigmatisation by underlining the psychological aspect linked to obesity.

Our strategic plan

Our main objective is to create a comprehensive nutrition training for teenagers, which will address nutrition fundamentals, physical activities, eating disorders, discrimination and bullying as well as health risks related to unhealthy nutrition and behaviours.

The project is divided into four main steps:

Step 1: Creation of three educational materials supporting the training – a Student handbook, a teacher handbook, and a website.

Step 2: Testing of the nutrition training and the corresponding learning materials in some classes at the three partner schools.

Step 3: Last adjustments to the learning materials and the training in general before the official launch of the training for all classes at the partner schools.

Step 4: Dissemination of the training to as many schools across Europe as possible.

Our goals

Through this programme, SAFE and its partners intend to develop a multidisciplinary training to provide adolescents with basic nutritional and behavioural knowledge as well as to promote inclusion in the school environment. Once the training is created, the goal is to disseminate it as widely as possible across Europe.

The TAO project addresses three priorities:

  • Social inclusion: we wish to create a more inclusive school environment towards adolescents living with overweight or obesity
  • Open education and innovative practices in a digital era: this website is intended to be used as an educational material supporting the training
  • School education by strengthening the profile(s) of the teaching profession: we wish to provide teachers with tools and guidelines to help their students taking heed of their body and mind as well as to create a more inclusive school environment.