My main research focus is nutrition in early phases of life ranging from preconception, through pregnancy, childhood and adolescence in relation to health outcomes. Assessing dietary intake, developing interventions to improve diet of mother, child and adolescent in different settings as school and kindergarten, and investigating associations between intake and health and learning outcomes are core activities in my research and in the Priority Research Centre of Life Course Nutrition, which I lead. This Centre has in addition several research approaches to school meal, school food , the school subject Food and Health, and sustainability. I
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My research focuses on how diet in key developmental phases is related to health later and how to promote a healthy diet during these phases. Our research group has been among the first to show a link between diet in early life and mental health and personality later in life, as an example of our research. We have also shown that digital dietary interventions can promote healthy eating habits among children (Barn-E-mat, Matmot 2.0, Mat til Minsten), evaluated in randomized controlled trials.
In recent years, I have been particularly interested in how we can make effective interventions have a greater impact by implementing them in the health services and the education sector (health centres, kindergartens, schools). The Matnyttig project is an example of this. The research focuses on a life course perspective - where we use knowledge about the importance of food and nutrition in important phases of life, for current and later health, development, learning, mental and physical health.
I lead innovative projects, such as PREPARED, which investigates the importance of nutritional status before pregnancy, where we focus on both women and men.
Most of my teaching is on courses in the PhD programme in public health. I also teach and supervise PhD-students and master's students in public health and bachelor's students in nutrition.
15.02.12-dd: Professor, Department of Nutrition and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, UiA (changed name from Department of Public Health, Sport and Nutrition in 2019)
01.09.08-14.02.12: Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Sport and Nutrition, Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences, UiA.
04.12.07-31.08.08: Researcher, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UiO.
01.01.03-03.12.07: Doctoral research fellow, Department of Nutritional Sciences, UiO. Interrupted by maternity leave in 2003 and 2005.
01.02.00-31.12.02: Research assistant, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Oslo. Full-time position.
Maternal and child nutrition
Diet in infancy and childhood
Dietary assessment methods
Pleasure of eating
Healthy and sustainable diet
Social inequalities and diet
Cooking and health
Changing dietary habits
Leader Priority Research Centre Lifecourse Nutrition
The School Meal Project
Fit for Delivery
New Nordic diet adherence and pregnancy health
Food for Infants
Healthy and Sustainable Lifestyle
Early Food for Future Health
Fostering healthy food habits
Øverby, Nina Cecilie.
Rewilding our First Foods: Healthier and Sustainable Diets in Early Life Have Implications for Mental Health and Positive Personality Traits. EVENT Nova Campfire: The Future of Food; 2023-03-23 - 2023-03-23
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