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Deakin researchers Jo Salmon, David Crawford and Clare Hume have been asked to take part in a major program in Europe to help combat obesity – the ENERGY project which is receiving close to three million Euros in funding from the European Union.
“The aim of the ENERGY project is to examine the influence of existing programs on health behaviours in different populations and settings,” said Associate Professor Jo Salmon.
“This will then allow us to develop an evidence and theory-based approach for promoting physical activity and healthy eating among youth in transition from childhood to adolescence.
“The results of this project will be translated into practical strategies and knowledge that can be used by schools, policymakers, health professionals and the general public both in Europe and Australia.
“For Deakin to be selected as the only non-European based participant reflects very positively on the work we have been doing here, particularly within the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition.
“All research these days needs to be of the highest international standard. Our selection is a very powerful sign that we are achieving that standard.” The ENERGY project involves a multidisciplinary team of investigators from 10 European countries as well as the Deakin team.
The Principal Investigator is Hans Brug from VUMC, Netherlands.
The Deakin researchers will participate in two of the 10 work packages in the proposal.
“The aims of these work packages are to identify the personal, social and physical environmental determinants in family and school of children’s physical activity and healthy eating and to identify moderators and mediators of successful interventions to prevent obesity among children aged 10-12 years,” Professor Salmon said.
For further information visit Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition