Self-care and health among older home dwelling people in southern Norway
The focus in this project is the potential of older home dwelling people and how they perceive themselves in terms of self-care and health. The overall theme is that older people do not consist of a homogenous group of individuals and that their perception of health is closely related to their perceptions of life and personal identity. By investigating self-care and health among older home dwelling people in relation to life situation and perceptions of physical and psychosocial environment, it is possible to obtain valuable knowledge for improving care.
Fruit and Vegetables Make the Marks (FVMM III)
The intake of fruit and vegetables in Norway is lower than in most other European countries, and much lower than what is recommended by the health authorities, while the consumption of added sugar is much higher than recommended. There It is a major discrepancybetween what we know about the positive health effects of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and low in added sugar, and what Norwegian people really consume. The FVMM project is an intervention project, where interventions (e.g. free participation in the Norwegian School Fruit programme) were conducted in 6th and 7th grade classes in the school year of 2001/2002.
ENERGY (European energy balance research to prevent excessive weight gain among youth)
ENERGY is supported by European Commission. The project started in spring 2009, and run for three years.
Concept and objectives of the ENERGY project - The obesity epidemic:
The worldwide prevalence of overweight and obesity has been steadily increasing, also among children and adolescents, and is reaching alarming epidemic proportions. The number of children affected by overweight and obesity is now rising at more than 400,000 a year and already affects almost one in four children across the entire EU, including accession countries in 2002. Overweight and obesity in adolescence is a very strong predictor of obesity in adulthood and of subsequent development of chronic and life threatening conditions. Additionally, overweight is also associated with musculoskeletal disorders, mental health, and childhood obesity itself is linked to medical conditions, such as asthma, joint problems, type 2 diabetes, depression, anxiety and sleep apnoea. Overweight and obese children perform worse at school, and suffer more often from psychosocial problems. Thus, preventing excessive weight gain among schoolchildren will help to halt the increasing number of overweight adolescents and young adults, but will also improve physical health and prevent disorders, and may contribute to psychosocial wellbeing and school performance.