The Crown Princess Couple attend the Pep Forum

The Crown Princess Couple took part in the Pep Forum conference, arranged by Generation Pep.

The Crown Princess Couple took part in the Pep Forum conference, arranged by Generation Pep. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

On Friday 22 November, The Crown Princess Couple took part in the Pep Forum at Karolinska Institutet in Solna. The day was arranged by Generation Pep with the aim of creating dialogue, commitment and change for the health of children and young people.

Children on stage illustrate aspects of the results from the Pep Report.

Children on stage illustrate aspects of the results from the Pep Report. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Around 900 participants from politics, industry, associations, research and professional practice attended the Pep Forum, which was led by moderators Carolina Klüft and Dona Hariri.

Karolinska Institutet's Vice-Chancellor Ole Petter Ottersen with moderators Carolina Klüft and Dona Hariri.

Karolinska Institutet's Vice-Chancellor Ole Petter Ottersen with moderators Carolina Klüft and Dona Hariri. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The Crown Princess opened the Pep Forum with a speech, in which she said:

"We talk about leading by example. For this is exactly what it is all about: leadership.

"Whether you are an individual, a company, a city or a country: Leading by example is an incredibly powerful tool for change. And having the courage to create such examples demonstrates leadership."

The Crown Princess emphasised the importance of good examples in her welcoming address.

The Crown Princess emphasised the importance of good examples in her welcoming address. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The Crown Princess accepts a leader's top for children's and young people's health from Generation Pep's Carolina Klüft.

The Crown Princess accepts a leader's top for children's and young people's health from Generation Pep's Carolina Klüft. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The Pep Forum's participants heard about experiences from the Amsterdam Healthy Weight Programme project, which aims to improve the health of children and young people in Amsterdam, where 18% of all under 20s are seriously overweight.

Prince Daniel then took part in an on-stage discussion about how the work to improve the health of children and young people should be carried out in future.

Other speakers at the Pep Forum 2019

  • Pär Johansson, founder of the Glada Hudik Theatre
  • Peter Fredriksson, Director-General of the Swedish National Agency for Education
  • Pasha Elstak, Management Advisor for the Amsterdam Healthy Weight Programme
  • Matti Leijon, a public health scientist at Region Östergötland
  • David Ekholm, a researcher at Linköping University
  • Maja Arvidsson, founder of Activity Prevents
  • Albert Sundelius, a coordinator at Activity Prevents
Prince Daniel sums up the Pep Forum day.

Prince Daniel sums up the Pep Forum day. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson

The Crown Princess Couple ended the day by visiting the Pep Expo exhibition.

Generation Pep

Prince Daniel launched Generation Pep (GEN-PEP)external link, opens in new window 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 Pep 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.