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EuropeaN Energy balance Research to prevent excessive weight Gain among Youth: Theory and evidence-based development and validation of an intervention scheme to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity

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The aim of the ENERGY project is the development and formative evaluation of a school-based and family-involved intervention scheme ready to be implemented across Europe. This scheme aims at promoting health behaviours that contribute to a healthy energy balance among youth. Led by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from 11 EU countries and supported by a team of Australian experts, the development of the intervention scheme is informed by a comprehensive analysis based on

  1. systematic reviews,
  2. secondary data analyses,
  3. focus group research, and
  4. a cross-European survey.

The intervention scheme will undergo formative and pilot evaluation in five countries. The results of ENERGY will be disseminated among key stakeholders including researchers, policymakers and the general population.

Amika Singh PhD
Vereniging voor Christelijk Hoger Onderwijs Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek en PatiŽntenzorg
EMGO+ Institute
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
EC contribution: EUR 2 872 588
Duration: 01/02/2009
Starting date: 36 months
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