WHO European Database on Nutrition, Obesity and Physical Activity (NOPA)

The NOPA database compiles information for the WHO European Member States to monitor progress on nutrition, diet, physical activity and obesity. The country information contains national and subnational surveillance data, policy documents, action to implement policy and examples of good practice in programmes and interventions.

As a monitoring tool, the NOPA database can stimulate policy-makers to identify gaps and needs in data collection and policy development, or to show progress in their fight against obesity. At present the database contains information on policy documents in the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region. It will be continuously updated and expanded with data on nutritional status, food consumption, nutrient intake, physical-activity levels and policy implementation in each Member State.

Information can be searched and viewed by country. This facilitates the sharing of information by Member States and making of comparisons across the Region.

The NOPA database is one of the deliverables of the three year collaborative project between WHO and the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission, which began in 2008 (2007WHO02) under the title “Monitoring progress on improving nutrition and physical activity and preventing obesity in the European Union”.

WHO/Europe manages the NOPA database in close collaboration with information focal points and WHO nutrition counterparts in countries.

To make comments or inquiries, contact WHO/Europe at nutrition@euro.who.int