As part of the STOP project, a novel computer-based policy simulation model (Health-GPS) was developed, capable of estimating the future health and economic impacts of childhood obesity policies implemented by European countries or sub-national jurisdictions. The model provides insights into the role different policies can play in addressing childhood obesity and may assist policymakers with identifying the most impactful policies, or policy packages, based on different desired outcomes.
The Health-GPS software provides a modular and flexible framework to allow researchers to design and test the effectiveness of health policies and interventions. The Health-GPS application is cross-platform and allows users to run the microsimulation on a range of hardware, including desktop, cloud, and high-performance computers.
Below is an illustration of high-level components of the Health-GPS
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