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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.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Address

Pedro Cerbuna 12
Zaragoza

Spain

Administrative Contact

Luis Alberto MORENO AZNAR (Dr)

Participants (25)

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CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTÍFICAS

Spain

UNIVERSITÉ DE LILLE 2

France

RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF CHILD NUTRITION DORTMUND

Germany

PÉCSI TUDOMNYEGYETEM

Hungary

UNIVERSITY OF CRETE

Greece

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH WILHELMS UNIVERSITÄT

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA

Spain

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI RICERCA PER GLI ALIMENTI E LA NUTRIZIONE

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF NAPOLI "FEDERICO II"

Italy

GHENT UNIVERSITY

Belgium

MEDICAL UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Austria

HAROKOPIO UNIVERSITY

Greece

INSTITUT PASTEUR DE LILLE

France

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

ASOCIACIÓN DE INVESTIGACIÓN DE LA INDUSTRIA AGROALIMENTARIA

Spain

CCFRA TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

United Kingdom

SIK - INSTITUTET FOER LIVSMEDEL OCH BIOTEKNIK

Sweden

MEURICE RECHERCHE AND DEVELOPPEMENT ASBL

Belgium

CAMPDEN AND CHORLEYWOOD FOOD DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE, HUNGARY

Hungary

PRODUCTOS ADITIVOS SA

Spain

CARNICAS SERRANO SL

Spain

CEDERROTH INTERNATIONAL AB

Sweden

LANTMÄNNEN FOOD R&D AB

Sweden

EUROPEAN FOOD INFORMATION COUNCIL A.I.S.B.L.

Belgium

UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 7034

  • Start date

    1 May 2005

  • End date

    31 October 2008

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 767 272

  • EU contribution

    € 4 994 191

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA

Spain