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Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence

Objective

The key to health promotion and disease prevention in the 21st century is to establish an environment that supports positive health behaviour and healthy lifestyle. In spite of scientific advance, non-communicable diseases are still the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in Europe. Most of these diseases have their origin during childhood and adolescence, but the relationship between the development of non-communicable diseases and the adolescence process is poorly understood. The interactions between the environment, the genetic predisposition and growth in children and adolescents have not been studied yet. Adolescence is a crucial period in life and implies multiple physiological and psychological changes that affect nutritional needs and habits. Many healthy (or unhealthy) life-long habits begin in adolescence. The HELENA proposal includes cross-sectional, crossover and pilot community intervention multi-centre studies, as an integrated approach to the above-mentioned problem. The following aspects will be studied: (1) dietary intake, nutrition knowledge and eating attitudes; (2) food choices and preferences (3) body composition; (4) plasma lipids and metabolic profile; (5) vitamin status; (6) immune function related to nutritional status; (7) physical activity and fitness; and (8) genotype (to analyse gene-nutrient and gene-environment interactions). The requeriments for health promoting foods will also be identified, and several sensory acceptable products for adolescents will be developed. Both scientific and technological objectives should result in reliable and comparable data of a representative sample of European adolescents. This will tribute to understand why health-related messages are not being as effective as expected in the adolescent population; and to propose a realistic intervention strategy in order to try to achieve the goals of understanding and effectively enhancing nutritional and lifestyle habits of adolescents in Europe.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-FOOD-2-A
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Address
Pedro Cerbuna 12
Zaragoza
Spain

Participants (25)

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS
Spain
Address
Serrano 117
Madrid
UNIVERSITÉ DE LILLE 2
France
Address
42, Rue Paul Duez
Lille
RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF CHILD NUTRITION DORTMUND
Germany
Address
Heinstueck 11
Dortmund
PÉCSI TUDOMNYEGYETEM
Hungary
Address
Sznt Kovcs J 1/B
Pécs
UNIVERSITY OF CRETE
Greece
Address
Knossos Avenue
Heraklion
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH WILHELMS UNIVERSITÄT
Germany
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
Bonn
UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA
Spain
Address
Rectorado, Hospital Real, Cuesta Del Hospicio S/n
Granada
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI RICERCA PER GLI ALIMENTI E LA NUTRIZIONE
Italy
Address
Via Ardeatina, 546
Roma
UNIVERSITY OF NAPOLI "FEDERICO II"
Italy
Address
Corso Umberto I 20
Napoli
GHENT UNIVERSITY
Belgium
Address
Sint-pietersnieuwstraat 25
Ghent
MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA
Austria
Address
Wahringer-gurtel 18-20
Vienna
HAROKOPIO UNIVERSITY
Greece
Address
70, E. Venizelou Ave.
Kallithea, Athens
INSTITUT PASTEUR DE LILLE
France
Address
1 Rue Du Pr. Calmette
245 Lille
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
Address
Nobels Vg 5, Solna
Stockholm
ASOCIACIÓN DE INVESTIGACIÓN DE LA INDUSTRIA AGROALIMENTARIA
Spain
Address
Benjamin Franklin 5-11. Parque Tecnológico De Valencia
Paterna, Valencia
CCFRA TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Station Road
Chipping Campden
SIK - INSTITUTET FOER LIVSMEDEL OCH BIOTEKNIK
Sweden
Address
Frans Perssons Vaeg 6
5401 Gothenburg
MEURICE RECHERCHE AND DEVELOPPEMENT ASBL
Belgium
Address
Avenue Emile Gryson, 1
Bruxelles
CAMPDEN AND CHORLEYWOOD FOOD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, HUNGARY
Hungary
Address
Szállás Str.21
Budapest
PRODUCTOS ADITIVOS SA
Spain
Address
Paseo De Gracia 89, 5 Planta
Barcelona
CARNICAS SERRANO SL
Spain
Address
Villa De Madrid 45. Polígono Industrial Fuente Del Jarro
Paterna (Valencia)
CEDERROTH INTERNATIONAL AB
Sweden
Address
Kanalvgen 5A
Box 715 Upplands Vsby
LANTMÄNNEN FOOD R&D AB
Sweden
Address
81 Soedertaelje Kommun
Jaerna
EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL A.I.S.B.L.
Belgium
Address
Rue Guimard 19
Brussels
UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Ramiro De Maeztu, Nº 7
Madrid