The Crown Princess Couple attend the Pep Forum

On Wednesday 24 October, The Crown Princess Couple took part in the Pep Forum at Karolinska Institutet in Solna. The seminar and workshop were arranged by Generation Pep with the aim of creating dialogue, commitment and change for the health of children and young people.

Around 800 participants – including representatives from politics, industry, organisations, research and professional practice – attended the Pep Forum.

During the day, a workshop and a seminar were held with Carolina Klüft and David Helenius acting as moderators. The Crown Princess opened the seminar with a speech.

"The whole point of the UN's global sustainable development goals is that they are global, that they involve all of us. And in order to reach these goals by 2030, and to achieve sustainable development, we must all contribute. On a big scale and on a small scale.

"And this brings me back to the Swedish school playground: It could be empty, because the children are all indoors watching amusing videos. Or it could be full of children in motion because the school organises fun break activities.

"The choice, and the responsibility, is not the children's. It is ours."

Other speakers at the seminar:

  • Mai-Lis Helenius, a professor and consultant at Karolinska University Hospital, spoke about the general health picture in Sweden.
  • Göran Bergström, a professor and consultant from the University of Gothenburg, described the Scapis study.
  • Marie Löf, a professor at Karolinska University Hospital, talked about the forthcoming Pep Report.
  • Maja Arvidsson and Albert Sundelius, coordinators at Ängelholm Municipality, spoke about the "Activity Prevents" initiative.
  • Grocer Carl Prammelfors talked about his commitment to all children having the chance to take part in sport.
  • Generation Pep's Operational Manager Gerda Nilsson Tjernström described the motivating factors behind making a change.
  • Amanda Larsson and Carl-Gustaf Rosengren, founders of the company Färsking, talked about their Young Enterprise project in which they have developed a healthy breakfast alternative for children and young people, sold via Axfood and ICA.
  • Jiloan Hamad, captain of Hammarby IF football team, spoke about his upbringing, what drives him, how his family came to Sweden and the sense of belonging he has gained through football.

Prince Daniel brought the day to a conclusion by summing up the forum and emphasising the importance of commitment from all sections of society.

The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel at the Pep Forum.

The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel at the Pep Forum. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Generation Pep

Prince Daniel launched Generation Pep (GEN-PEP) in July 2016 in Visby, together with Swedish businesses, foundations and voluntary organisations. Generation Pep's vision is that all children and young people in Sweden should have the opportunity and the desire to live an active and healthy life. Generation Pepexternal link, opens in new window works to provide knowledge, inspiration and support for children and young people, as well as parents and other adults in their lives.

The Crown Princess Couple initiated Generation Pep.