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  • Promotion of a healthy and sustainable diet and food joy from early ages into parenthood
  • Assessment of dietary intake from early ages into parenthood and its relation to physical and psychological health, cognition, behaviour and school performance
  • Development of dietary assessment methods relevant for the given age groups
  • Parenting and parenting styles in relation to diet
  • Social inequalities in diet and health

Projects and programs

ProjectFit For Delivery (FFD, 6-, 12 and 24 mo, 4y)

Fit for delivery is a study performed in collaboration between Sørlandet Hospital and the University of Agder. The main aim of Fit for delivery was to evaluate whether simple dietary advice together with organized physical activities during pregnancy, could influence gestational weight gain and weight retention, serum glucose levels, the child’s birth weight and the prevalence of pregnancy complications. The University of Agder has been responsible for the nutrition part of Fit for delivery.

In total 606 nulliparous were included in the study and randomized into control or intervention group. The intervention group received dietary advice per telephone in addition to attending organized physical activity sessions. A diet score was developed in line with the advice given to the intervention group. The intervention group improved their diet score during the intervention. You can find results from this study under “Selected publications”.

Funding: Helse Sør-Øst, University of Agder

ProjectNew Nordic Diet and pregnancy outcomes

The origins of health and disease can be traced back to fetal life. There is mounting evidence that maternal diet during pregnancy can influence maternal health and fetal conditions in this important developmental stage. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether a healthy and sustainable diet during pregnancy is associated with pregnancy weight gain and offspring birthweight. We also investigated potential associations between diet and serious pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia and preterm birth. The study used data from approx. 70,000 women and their child who participated in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). We constructed a diet score that reflected adherence to a healthy and potentially sustainable Nordic diet and assessed odds ratios for the outcomes with high vs. low diet score. High vs. low diet score was associated with lower odds of excessive gestational weight gain (only normal weight women), lower odds of preeclampsia (all women), and lower odds of preterm birth (only nulliparous women). Children born to mothers with high diet score had higher mean birthweight than those born to mothers with low diet score. Women with high diet score had lower odds of giving birth to a child with low birthweight, but also higher odds of giving birth to a child with high birthweight compared to women with low diet score. Our findings support the importance of diet and diet quality during pregnancy for important aspects of maternal and child neonatal health. 

Funding: University of Agder

ProjectFirst food for infants

Intervention project to increase parents' skills regarding homemade and healthy food for toddlers.

A randomized controlled trial was performed to evaluate whether cooking lessons with theory concerning food 6 months old infants had an effect on the child’s food intake, growth and lipid profile after the intervention and when the children were 1 and 2 years old. Recruitment took place in collaboration with Public health centers in Kristiansand and lasted from May 2012 to November 2013. Total number recruited: 143 children aged 5-6 months. ISRCTN45864056 DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN45864056

Funding: The Norwegian Women's Public Health Association

ProjectFood for preschoolers (Barns matmot)

This study, a cluster randomized trial, aimed to promote a healthy and varied diet among toddlers in kindergarten. The primary objectives were to reduce food neophobia in toddlers, and promote healthy feeding practices among kindergarten staff and parents. Secondary objectives were to increase food variety in toddlers’ diets and reduce future overweight and obesity in these children. The intervention finished in 2014. Eighteen randomly selected kindergartens located in two counties in Norway with enrolled children born in 2012 participated in the intervention.

A 9-week multi-component intervention was implemented, with four main elements: 1) kindergarten staff implemented a pedagogical tool (Sapere method) in daily sessions to promote willingness to try new food; 2) kindergarten staff prepared and served the toddlers a cooked lunch from a menu corresponding to the pedagogical sessions; 3) kindergarten staff were encouraged to follow 10 meal principles on modeling, responsive feeding, repeated exposure, and enjoyable meals; and 4) parents were encouraged to read information and apply relevant feeding practices at home. The control group continued their usual practices. Preference taste tests were conducted to evaluate behavioral food neophobia, and children’s height and weight were measured. Parents and staff completed questionnaires before and after the intervention. 

Funding: The Norwegian Women's Public Health Association

Project: Early Food for Future Health

The early feeding environment is critical for establishing eating habits that may influence weight development and healthy growth in the long term. The purpose of this study is to promote appropriate feeding practices in parents, and early healthy dietary habits in children.

During springtime 2016, 900 parents of children between 3 and 5 months were recruited through social media (Facebook). The parents were randomly assigned to an intervention- or a control group. The intervention group have access to a website (www.spedbarnsmat.no) when the child`s age is between 6 and 12 months. Here, short monthly films provide information relating to beneficial parental feeding practices, diet quality and how to make healthy and age-appropriate homemade baby food. The control group receives usual treatment at the community child-health centers.

The intervention will continue through April 2017. We will publish scientific articles on the eHealth-intervention`s effect on parental feeding practices and children’s dietary habits.

Funding: University of Agder

Project: Fostering healthy dietary habits through a mobile-health intervention targeting toddlers' food and eating environment (Mat til minsten)

Background and aim: The aim of food4toddlers is to fostering healthy dietary habits through an e-health intervention targeting toddlers' food and eating environment. The intervention will be presented for parents when the child is in the important developmental stage between 12-18 months. The parents will get access to a website with information, films and recipes and they will get reminders regularly.   We focus on availability of food that is good for the child and how parents can be good role models.

Method: The project is a cluster randomized controlled trial. Today, most parents are e-technology users. With an e-health approach we hope to recruit a broad part of the target population toddlers and their parents. We will recruit through facebook and health care centers.

Results: We will measure the child’s diet and self-feeding skills and the parents feeding practice, food planning skills and shopping behavior.

Funding: University of Agder

Project: A healthy and sustainable diet during pregnancy and beyond - associations with child’s subsequent growth pattern, risk of obesity and mental and cognitive development

A healthy and sustainable diet during pregnancy and beyond - associations with child’s subsequent growth pattern, risk of obesity and mental and cognitive development.

Nutrition during pregnancy and the early years of life represent a vulnerable phase for adverse exposures and nutritional imbalances. Healthy eating during this phase may especially be beneficial for the long-term development. The New Nordic Diet (NND) encompasses a concept of a potentially healthy and sustainable diet with foods that are traditionally consumed and locally available in the Northern countries. In this project, we will be investigating child adherence to NND, and the subsequent association with child growth pattern, obesity risk, and mental and cognitive development in children up to 8 years. The project is based on data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) which is a large prospective population-based cohort study conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Pregnant mothers were recruited from all over Norway from 1999-2008, and the cohort now includes more than 114 000 children, 95 000 mothers and 75 000 fathers.

Funding: University of Agder

Project: Food for preschoolers 2.0 (Barns matmot 2.0)

A cluster randomized web based intervention trial among one-year-old children in kindergarten to reduce food neophobia and promote healthy diets.

Background: A child’s first years of life are crucial for cognitive development and future health. Studies show that a varied diet with a high intake of vegetables is positive for weight development, mental health and cognitive development. A low intake of vegetables is one of the greatest challenges in children’s diets in Norway. Interventions that can increase children’s intake of vegetables should have an early onset to overcome children’s neophobia (reluctance to taste and eat new foods).

Aim of the study: To develop and measure the effect of two different interventions among one-year-old children in kindergartens in two counties in Norway.

Methods: The kindergartens will be randomized to one of three groups: two different intervention groups and one control group. Parents and staff will be asked to complete questionnaires before and after the intervention period of approximately three weeks. There will be follow-up-questionnaires when the children are 36 and 48 months old. Questionnaires, information videos and recipes will all be found in a study web page. 306 children will be included in the study. 

Funding: The Norwegian Women's Public Health Association

ProjectSchool Meal Project - Agder 

Project leader Frøydis N. Vik

Background: There is no organized school meal in Norway and children bring packed lunch from home. Most schools offer a milk prescription program (parent paid) and some schools offer a fruit prescription program (parent paid). Norwegian Guidelines for school meals are recently launched. There are socio economic differences in families, and the prevalence of overweight (including obese) among children is about 15 %, but higher in lower socio economic classes. The School Meal Project was developed based on the assumption that a healthy free school meal may influence children to eat a meal rich in healthy nutrients and thereby contribute to healthy eating habits – which in turn may contribute to prevention of childhood obesity.

Aims: The overall purpose of The School Meal Project was to evaluate the effect of a free healthy school meal every day for one year on meal pattern, diatary habits at school, learning environment, motivation for learning and weigth status among children 10-12 years old.

Methods: The design was a non-randomized intervention with a control group and qualitative in-depth interviews. Children at the age of 10-12 were recruited in two elementary schools in Aust-Agder county, Norway. A total of 164 children participated, 55 in the intervention group and 109 in the control group. One of the parents of each child was invited to participate. At baseline (August 2014) children and parents answered a questionnaire, and the children’s weight, height and waist circumference were measured. The intervention consisted of serving a free cold school meal every day for one year, consisting of whole grain bread, spread, fruit and vegetables according to the dietary guidelines. The measurements were repeated at follow-up 1 (January 2015) and at follow-up 2 (June 2015). Qualitative interviews were performed in fall 2015 with the intervention group to examine feasibility and possible barriers.
Results are in the process of being published. 
Funding: University of Agder

Project: “Lifelab Mat og helse”

LifeLab is a project where we will develop and evaluate a new teaching method to be used in teaching home economics to school children and students. LifeLab will have a more scientific approach and will have emphasis on practical experiments to the different subjects, compared with the traditional tuition. The aim of this project is to give school children more knowledge and understanding of the importance of nutrition on long term health.  The project started October 2017.

Past projects and programs

ProjectFruit and Vegetables make the marks
Funding: The Research Council of Norway

ProjectENERGY
Funding: Seventh Framework Programme (CORDIS FP7) of the European Commission

ProjectParent-child feeding interactions
Funding: The Research Council of Norway/UiS

ProjectDiet and school performance and behavior I and II
Funding: University of Agder

ProjectAiKA-dietary assessment
Funding: University of Agder

 

Reseach partners

National:
Linda R Sagedal (SSHF), Ingvild Vistad (SSHF), Tore Henriksen (UiO), Margaretha Haugen (FHI), Elisabeth Lind Melbye (post doc) (UiS), Kari Klungsøyr (UiB), Lene Frost Andersen (UiO), Knut-Inge Klepp (UiO).

International: 
Stephanie Engel (Department of Epidemiology Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina), Quaker Harmon (Epidemiology Branch National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), ENERGY consortium. Professor Lynne Daniels (Queensland University of Technology, Queensland, Australia), Dr. Anne H. Salonen, (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland), Karen Campbell (Deakin University, Australia), Harry Rutter (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Wendy van Lippevelde (University of Ghent, Belgium), Armando Perez Cueto, University of Copenhagen (Norway).

Selected publications

2017

Western IM, Skårdal M, Ask A, Øverby NC. Dietary habits and behavior problems at school among Norwegian 14-year-olds. (Journal of the International Society for Teacher Education 21 (1), 77-87)

 

Øverby NC, Hernes S, Haugen M Effect of dietary interventions during weaning period on parental practice and lipoproteins and vitamin D status in 2-year-old children. (Food Nutr Res. 2017 Jul 14;61(1):1350127. doi: 10.1080/16546628.2017.1350127. eCollection 2017)

 

Øverby NC, Ask A A cross-sectional study on associations between the extent of home food preparation reported by parents and the dietary habits of Norwegian adolescents (International Journal of Home Economics 2017, July; 10:133-140)

 

Sagedal L, Vistad I, Øverby N, Bere E, Torstveit MK, Lohne-Seiler H, Hillesund ER, Pripp A, Henriksen T. The effect of a prenatal lifestyle intervention on glucose metabolism: results of the Norwegian Fit for Delivery randomized controlled trial (BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 Jun 2;17(1):167. doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1340-6.)

 

Ingrid Laukeland Djupegot, Camilla Bengtson Nenseth, Tonje Holte Stea, Helga Birgit Torgeirsdotter Bjørnarå, Sissel Heidi Helland, Nina Cecilie Øverby, Monica Klungland Torstveit, Elling Bere Time scarcity and use of ultra-processed food products among Norwegian parents: a cross-sectional study (BMC Public Health. 2017 May 15;17(1):447. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4408-3.)

 

Skreden M, Bere E, Sagedal L, Vistad I, Øverby NC. Changes in vegetable, fruit and berry consumption habits from pre-pregnancy to early pregnancy among Norwegian women (BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2017 Apr 4;17(1):107. doi: 10.1186/s12884-017-1291-y.)

 

Helland SH, Bere E, Bjørnaraa HB, Øverby NC. Food neophobia and its association to food intake and weight in toddlers, in a Norwegian sample. A cross sectional study (Appetite. 2017 Jul 1;114:110-117. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2017.03.025. Epub 2017 Mar 18.)

 

Kristine E. Illøkken, Elling Bere, Nina C. Øverby, Frøydis N. Vik. Results of a 6 months’ intervention study on school meal habits in Norwegian 10-12-year-old children (Scand J Public Health. 2017 Jul;45(5):485-491. doi: 10.1177/1403494817704108. Epub 2017 May 31)

 

Helland SH, Øverby NC Fremtidens barnehager- Økt fokus på barns medvirkning i matlaging i barnehagen. I Wilhelmsen BU. Fremtidens barnehager, Universitetsforlaget 2017.

 

2016

Hillesund ER, Bere E, Sagedal LR, Vistad I, Øverby NC. Change in dietary behavior following a low-intensity dietary intervention during pregnancy in the randomized controlled Norwegian Fit for Delivery Study J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2016 Oct;7(5):538-547.

 

Bjørnaraa HB, Øverby N, et al The association between adherence to the New Nordic Diet and a newly developed score assessing compliance with the Norwegian recommendations on diet, nutrition and physical activity Food Nutr Res. 2016 Jun 1;60:31017. doi: 10.3402/fnr.v60.31017.

 

Helland SH, Bere E, Øverby NC. Study protocol for a multi-component kindergarten-based intervention to promote healthy diets in toddlers: A cluster randomized trial (BMC Public health 2016 Mar 17;16(1):273. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2952-x)

 

Skreden M, Øverby NC, Sagedal LR, Vistad I, Torstveit MK, Lohne-Seilier H, Bere E.

Change in active transportation is related to weight gain in pregnancy Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2016 Jan 27;13:10. doi: 10.1186/s12966-016-0332-7.

 

Sagedal LR, Øverby NC, Bere E, Torstveit MK, Lohne-Seiler H, Småstuen M, Hillesund ER, Henriksen T, Vistad I. The Norwegian Fit for Delivery study: a randomised controlled trial of a lifestyle intervention in pregnancy BJOG. 2016 Jan 14. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13862. [Epub ahead of print]

 

Sagedal LR, Sanda B, Øverby NC, Bere E, Torstveit MK, Lohne-Seiler H, Pripp AH, Hillesund ER, Henriksen T, Vistad I.The effect of prenatal lifestyle intervention on weight retention up to 12 months postpartum: results of the Norwegian Fit for Delivery randomised controlled trial BJOG. 2016 Jan 20. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13863. [Epub ahead of print]

 

Te Velde SJ, Haraldsen E, Vik FN, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Jan N, Kovacs E, Moreno LA, Dössegger A, Manios Y, Brug J, Bere E.

Associations of commuting to school and work with demographic variables and with weight status in eight European countries: The ENERGY-cross sectional study.

Prev Med. 2017 Jun;99:305-312. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2017.03.005. Epub 2017 Mar 16.

 

Stephanie Schoeppe, Corneel Vandelanotte, Elling Bere, Nanna Lien, Maïté Verloigne, Éva Kovács, Yannis Manios, Mona Bjelland, Frøydis Nordgård Vik, Wendy Van Lippevelde: The influence of parental modelling on children’s physical activity and screen time: Does it differ by gender? European Journal of Public Health, 10/2016; pii: ckw182. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI:10.1093/eurpub/ckw182

 

Frøydis N Vik, Saskia Te Velde, Wendy Van Lippevelde, Yannis Manios, Eva Kovacs, Natasa Jan, Luis A Moreno, Bettina Bringolf-Isler, Johannes Brug, Elling Bere: Regular family breakfast was associated with children’s overweight and parental education: Results from the ENERGY cross-sectional study. Prev. Med. 08/2016; doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.08.013 (Epub ahead of print)

 

Jarle Stålesen, Frøydis Nordgård Vik, Bjørge Herman Hansen, Sveinung Berntsen: Comparison of three activity monitors for estimating sedentary time among children. BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil 12/2016; 8(1). DOI:10.1186/s13102-016-0028-y

 

Teatske Altenburg, Saskia Te Velde, Kai-Jan Chiu, George Moschonis, Yannis Manios, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Frøydis N Vik, Nanna Lien, Johannes Brug, Mai Chinapaw: Inter-rater Reliability of the ENERGY Photo-Rating Instrument for School Environments Related to Physical Activity and Eating. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 09/2016; DOI:10.1123/jpah.2015-0025

2015

Myr RK, Bere E, Øverby NC, Test-retest reliability of a new questionnaire on the diet and eating behavior of one year old children,  BMC Research Notes 2015 8;16. DOI: 10.1186/s13104-014-0966-y

Miqueleiz E, Te Velde S, Regidor E, Van Lippevelde W, Vik FN, Fernández-Alvira JM, Vicente-Rodríguez G, Kunst A. [Lifestyles and Styles of Parental Care Related to Childhood Obesity: compare Spain with Northern European Countries: ENERGY-Project].

Rev Esp Salud Publica. 2015 Oct;89(5):523-532. Spanish.

Altenburg T, Te Velde S, Chiu KJ, Moschonis G, Manios Y, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Vik FN, Lien N, Brug J, Chinapaw M. Inter-rater Reliability of the ENERGY Photo-Rating Instrument for School Environments Related to Physical Activity and Eating.

J Phys Act Health. 2015 Sep 17. [Epub ahead of print]

2014

Overby NC, Johannesen E, Jensen G, Skjaevesland AK, Haugen M. Test-retest reliability and validity of a web-based food-frequency questionnaire for adolescents aged 13-14 to be used in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Food Nutr Res. 2014 Oct 17;58. doi: 10.3402/fnr.v58.23956. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25371661 [PubMed] Free PMC ArticleRelated citations
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Skreden M, Bere E, Sagedal LR, Vistad I, Overby NCChanges in beverage consumption from pre-pregnancy to early pregnancy in the Norwegian Fit for Delivery study. Public Health Nutr. 2014 Sep 15:1-10. [Epub ahead of print]
PMID: 25221910 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] Related citations Select item 251937413.

Hillesund ER, Overby NC, Engel SM, Klungsøyr K, Harmon QE, Haugen M, Bere EAssociations of adherence to the New Nordic Diet with risk of preeclampsia and preterm delivery in the Norwegian
Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Eur J Epidemiol. 2014 Oct;29(10):753-65. doi: 10.1007/s10654-014-9948-6. Epub 2014 Sep 6. PMID: 25193741 [PubMed - in process] Related citations Select item 251474954.

Bere E, Klepp KI, Overby NC. Free school fruit: can an extra piece of fruit every school day contribute to the prevention of future weight gain? A cluster randomized trial. Food Nutr Res. 2014 Aug 11;58. doi: 10.3402/fnr.v58.23194. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25147495 [PubMed]. Free PMC Article. Related citations. Select item 251401235.

Skårdal M, Western IM, Ask AM, Overby NCSocioeconomic differences in selected dietary habits among Norwegian 13-14 year-olds: a cross-sectional study. Food Nutr Res. 2014 Jul 24;58. doi: 10.3402/fnr.v58.23590. eCollection 2014

Hillesund EH, Bere E, Haugen M, Øverby NC. Adherence to a New Nordic Diet (NND) is associated with gestational weight gain and birth weight – a study performed in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) (accepted, Public Health Nutrition 2014)

Stea TH, Knutsen T, Torstveit MK. Short Time in Bed is Associated with Several Health Risk Behaviors and Poor Academic Achievement among Norwegian Adolescents. Accepted for publication, Sleep Med. 2014

Stea TH, Vik, FN, Bere E, Svendsen MV, Oellingrath IM. Is meal skipping associated with changes in weight status – a longitudinal study among Norwegian children. Public Health Nutr. 2014, Feb 13:1-6. [Epub ahead of print] 

Manios Y et al. A large proportion of overweight and obese children, as well as their parents, underestimate children's weight status across Europe. The ENERGY-project. Public Health Nutrition, accepted for publication 18/11/14.

Manios Y et al. Family sociodemographic characteristics as correlates of children's breakfast habits and weight status in eight European countries. The ENERGY (EuropeaN Energy balance Research to prevent excessive weight Gain among Youth) project. Public Health Nutrition, published online 14/07/14. doi:10.1017/S1368980014001219

te Velde et al. Energy balance related behaviour: Personal, home- and friend-related factors among schoolchildren in Europe studied in the ENERGY-project. PLoS ONE, 2014, 9:e111775.

Rebholz et al. Agreement between parent and child report on parental practices regarding dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours: the ENERGY cross-sectional survey. BMC Public Health, 2014, 14:918.

Lien et al. The school nutrition environment and its association with soft drink intakes in seven countries across Europe - The ENERGY project. Health and Place, 2014, 30:28-35.

te Velde S et al. Parents and friends both matter: simultaneous and interactive influences of parents and friends on European schoolchildren's energy balance-related behaviours - the ENERGY cross-sectional study, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2014, 11:82.

Brug J et al. Differences in beliefs and home environments regarding energy balance behaviors according to parental education and ethnicity among schoolchildren in Europe: the ENERGY cross sectional study. BMC Public Health, 2014, 14:610.

Øvrum A, Bere E. Evaluating free school fruit: results from a natural experiment in Norway with representative data. Public Health Nutrition, 2014, 17:1224-1231.

Bjørnarå HB et al. The association between breakfast skipping and television viewing at breakfast with weight status among parents of 10-12 year olds in eight European countries; the ENERGY cross-sectional study, Public Health Nutrition, 2014, 17:906-914. 

2013

Van Lippevelde W, Te Velde SJ, Verloigne M, Van Stralen MM, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Manios Y, Bere E, Vik FN, Jan N, Fernández Alvira JM, Chinapaw MJ, Bringolf-Isler B, Kovacs E, Brug J, Maes L. Associations between family-related factors, breakfast consumption and BMI among 10- to 12-year-old European children: the cross-sectional ENERGY-study.PLoS One. 2013 Nov 25;8(11):e79550.

Ovrum A, Bere E. Evaluating free school fruit: results from a natural experiment in Norway with representative data. Public Health Nutr. 2013 Sep 20:1-8.

Melbye EL, Øgaard T, Øverby NC. Associations between parental feeding practices and child vegetable consumption: mediation by child cognitions? Appetite. 2013 May 21. doi:pii: S0195-6663(13)00196-7. 10.1016/j.appet.2013.05.005.

Melbye EL, Øgaard T, Øverby NC and Hansen H. Parental food-related behaviors and family mealtime frequency: associations in Norwegian dyads of parents and preadolescent children (BMC Public Health. 2013 Sep 10;13(1):820.

Sagedal LR, Øverby N, Seiler HL, Bere E, Torstveit MK, Henriksen T, Vistad I. Fit for Delivery- Can a lifestyle intervention in pregnancy result in measurable health benefits for mothers and newborns? A randomized controlled trial. BMC Public Health. 2013 Feb 13;13:132. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-132.

Vik F, Bjørnarå HB, Øverby N, Lien N, Androutsos O, Maes L, Jan N, Kovacs E,  Moreno L, Doessegger A, Manios Y, Brug J, Bere E. Associations between weight status and meals or watching TV at meals among 10-12 year olds in eight European countries: the ENERGY-cross sectional study Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2013 May 15;10(1):58. [Epub ahead of print]

Øverby NC, Ludemann ET, Høigaard R. Self reported learning difficulties and dietary intake in Norwegian adolescents Scand J Public Health. 2013 May 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Bjørnarå HB, Vik FN, Brug J, Manios Y, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Jan N, Maes L, Moreno LA, Dössegger A, Bere E The association of breakfast skipping and television viewing at breakfast with weight status among parents of 10-12-year-olds in eight European countries; the ENERGY (EuropeaN Energy balance Research to prevent excessive weight Gain among Youth) cross-sectional study.

Uglem S, Stea TH, Kjøllesdal MK, Frølich W, Wandel M.A nutrition intervention with a main focus on vegetables and bread consumption among young men in the Norwegian National Guard. Food Nutr Res. 2013 Oct 21;57. doi: 10.3402/fnr.v57i0.21036. eCollection 2013.

2012

Øverby NC, Hillesund ER, Sagedal LR, Vistad I, Bere E. The Fit for Delivery Dietary Recommendations: Rationale for the recommendations and test-retest reliability of a dietary score measuring adherence to ten specific dietary recommendations for prevention of excess weight gain during pregnancy Matern Child Nutr. 2012 Dec 13. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12026.

Øverby NC, Klepp KI, Bere E. Introduction of a school fruit programme is associated with reduced consumption of unhealthy snacks Am J Clin Nutr 2012 Nov;96(5):1100-3

Øverby NC, Høigaard R (2012). Diet and behavioural problems in Norwegian adolescents. Food Nutr Res. 2012;56. doi: 10.3402/fnr.v56i0.17231. Epub 2012 Jun 28.

Stea TH, Øverby NC, Klepp KI, Bere E. Changes in beverage consumption in Norwegian children from 2001 to 2008. Public Health Nutr 2012 March;15(3):379-85.

Serra-Majem L, Nissensohn M, Øverby NC, Fekete K. Dietary methods and biomarkers of omega 3 fatty acids: a systematic review. Br J Nutr. 2012 Jun;107 Suppl 2:S64-76

Singh, Amika S; Chinapaw, Mai JM; Uijtdewilligen, Leonie; Vik, Frøydis Nordgård; Van Lippevelde, Wendy; Fernandez-Alvira, Juan M; Stomfai, Sarolta; Manios, Yannis; van der Sluis, Maria; Terwee, Caroline B; Brug, Johannes.Test-retest reliability and construct validity of the ENERGY-parent questionnaire on parenting practices, energy balance-related behaviours and their potential behavioural determinants: the ENERGY-project.. BMC Research Notes 2012 ;Volum 13.(5) Suppl. 1 s. 434

2011

Melbye EL, Øverby NC, Ogaard T. Child consumption of fruit and vegetables: the roles of child cognitions and parental feeding practices. Public Health Nutr 2011 October 17;1-9.

Øverby N, Stea TH, Vik FN, Klepp KI, Bere E. Changes in meal pattern among Norwegian children from 2001 to 2008. Public Health Nutr 2011 September;14(9):1549-54.

Melbye EL, Ogaard T, Øverby NC. Validation of the Comprehensive Feeding Practices Questionnaire with parents of 10-to-12-year-olds. BMC Med Res Methodol 2011;11:113.

Hilsen M, van Stralen MM, Klepp K-I, Bere E. Changes in 10-12 year old's fruit and vegetable intake in Norway from 2001 to 2008 in relation to gender and socioeconomic status  - a comparison of two cross-sectional groups, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2011, 8:108.

Skreden M, Skari H, Malt UF, Pripp AH, Björk MD, Faugli A, Emblem R.

Parenting stress and emotional wellbeing in mothers and fathers of preschool children.

Scand J Public Health. 2012 Nov;40(7):596-604. doi: 10.1177/1403494812460347

Singh, Amika S; Vik, Frøydis Nordgård; Chinapaw, Mai JM; Uijtdewilligen, Leonie; Verloigne, Maite; Fernandez-Alvira, Juan M; Stomfai, Sarolta; Manios, Yannis; Martens, Marloes; Brug, Johannes.

Test-retest reliability and construct validity of the ENERGY-child questionnaire on energy balance-related behaviours and their potential determinants: the ENERGY-project. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011 ;Volum 8.(136)

2010

Kristiansen AL, Lande B, Øverby NC, Andersen LF. Factors associated with exclusive breast-feeding and breast-feeding in Norway. Public Health Nutr 2010 December;13(12):2087-96.

Vik FN, Øverby NC, Lien N, Bere E. Number of meals eaten in relation to weight status among Norwegian adolescents. Scand J Public Health 2010 November;38(5 Suppl):13-8.

Hilsen M, Eikemo TA, Bere E. Healthy and unhealthy eating at lower secondary school in Norway, Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 2010, 38(Suppl 5):7-12.

van der Sluis ME, Lien N, Twisk JW, Steenhuis IH, Bere E, Klepp KI, Wind M.  Longitudinal associations of energy balance-related behaviours and cross-sectional associations of clusters and body mass index in Norwegian adolescents. Public Health Nutrition, 2010, 13:1716-1721.

Bere E, Hilsen M, Klepp K-I. Effect of the nation wide free school fruit scheme in Norway, British Journal of Nutrition, 2010, 104:589-594.

Brug J, te Velde S, Chin A Paw MJM, Bere E, de Bourdeaudhuij I, Summerbell C, Maes L, Jensen J, Manios Y, Lien N, Klepp K-I, Lobstein T, Martens M, Salmon J, Singh AS. Evidence-based development of school-based and family-involved prevention of overweight across Europe: The ENERGY-project’s design and conceptual framework, BMC Public Health, 2010, 10:276.

Ask AS, Hernes S, Aarek I, Vik F, Brodahl C, Haugen M. Serving of free school lunch to secondary-school pupils - a pilot study with health implications.Public Health Nutr. 2010 Feb;13(2):238-44.

Pripp AH, Skreden M, Skari H, Malt U, Emblem R.Underlying correlation structures of parental stress, general health and anxiety.Scand J Psychol. 2010 Dec;51(6):473-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2010.00841.

Skreden M, Skari H, Malt UF, Haugen G, Pripp AH, Faugli A, Emblem R.Long-term parental psychological distress among parents of children with a malformation--a prospective longitudinal study.Am J Med Genet A. 2010 Sep;152A(9):2193-202. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.33605.

2009

Øverby N, Kristiansen AL, Andersen LF, Lande B. Spedkost Landsomfattende kostholdsundersøkelse blant 12 md gamle barn. Rapportserie. Helsedirektoratet, 2009.

Stea TH, Uglem S, Wandel M, Mansoor MA, Frølich W. Association between folate intake from different food sources in Norway and homocysteine status in a dietary intervention among young male adults.Br J Nutr. 2009 Sep;102(6):899-906. doi: 10.1017/S0007114509301580.

Stea TH, Wandel M, Mansoor MA, Uglem S, Frølich W. BMI, lipid profile, physical fitness and smoking habits of young male adults and the association with parental education.

Eur J Public Health. 2009 Jan;19(1):46-51. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckn122.

Øverby NC, Serra-Majem L, Andersen LF. Dietary assessment methods on n-3 fatty acid intake: a systematic review. Br J Nutr 2009 December;102 Suppl 1:S56-S63.

Abstracts

Hernes S, Haugen M, Øverby N. First food for infants (IUNS 2013, Granada, Spain)

Helland SH, Bere E, Øverby N, Food for preschoolers. (IUNS 2013, Granada, Spain)

Hillesund EH, Bere E, Haugen M, Øverby N Adherence to a New Nordic Diet in pregnancy is associated with reduced risk of excessive gestational weight gain (IUNS 2013, Granada, Spain)

Hillesund EH, Bere E, Haugen M, Øverby N. Construction of a New Nordic Diet (NND) Score for investigating diet in relation to aspects of pregnancy health (ISBNPA, Ghent, 2013)

Bere E, Stea TH, Øverby NC, Torstveit MK. A more holistic approach to nutrition and physical activity - a New Nordic Lifestyle (Nordic Nutrition Conference, Reykjavik, 2012).

Hillesund ER, Bere E, Sagedal LR, Viestad I, Øverby NC. Test-retest reliability of a questionnaire measuring adherence to ten specific dietary recommendations for prevention of excess weight gain during pregnancy – the Norwegian Fit for Delivery (FFD) Nutrition Score (Nordic Nutrition Conference, Reykjavik, 2012)

Øverby NC, Johannesen E, Skjævesland AK, Jensen G, Brantsæter AL, Meltzer HM, Haugen M. Test-retest-reliability of a food frequency questionnaire for assessing habitual dietary intake in 13-14 year olds (Nordic Nutrition Conference, Reykjavik, 2012).

Sagedal LR, Øverby N, Seiler H.L., Bere E, Torstveit M, Henriksen T, Vistad I

Fit for fødsel: Hvem takker ja til å delta? Norsk Gyn Forenings årsmøte oktober 2012

Øverby N, Høigaard R: Diet and behavioral problems in Norwegian adolescents (11th European Nutrition Conference, Madrid, 2011)

Sagedal L, Henriksen T, Øverby N, Seiler HL, Bere E, Vistad E: "Fit for delivery”: Design of randomized controlled intervention for the prevention of gestational diabetes and excessive gestational weight gain (Diabetes in Pregnancy, Salzburg, 2011)                                                

Vik F, Bere E, Øverby N, Lien N, Maes L, Moore H, Summerbell C, Grammatikaki E, Manios Y, Brug J. Associations between eating meals and weight status in European countries: The Energy project (11th European Nutrition Conference, Madrid, 2011). 

Bjørnarå, Helga Birgit; Vik, Frøydis Nordgård; Brug, Johannes; Manios, Yannis; Bere, Elling. The association between breakfast skipping and television viewing at breakfast with weight status in eight European countries. 10th Nordic nutrition conference, Reykjavik 2012

Røed, Margrethe; Vik, Frøydis Nordgård; Brug, Johannes; Manios, Yannis; Bere, Elling.

Different health related behaviors conducted before school hours in seven European countries – the ENERGY project. IUNS 20th International Congress of Nutrition, Granada 2013

Vik, Frøydis Nordgård; Bere, Elling.

Meal frequency in relation to overweight among Norwegian adolescents. ISBNPA - International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; Lisboa Portugal, 2009

Vik, Frøydis Nordgård; Bere, Elling.

"The association between skipping meals and overweight among Norwegian adolescents¿. ECO, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2009

Vik, Frøydis Nordgård; Klepp, Knut-Inge; Bere, Elling.

Free school fruit: Does an extra piece of fruit every school day prevent weight gain?. International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA); Minnesota, USA, 2010

Øverby N, Sagedal LR, Vistad I, Lohne-Seiler H, Bere E

Project Fit for Delivery - 10 specific dietary recommendations for pregnant women, to prevent excessive weight gain (ISBNPA conference, Minneapolis 2010)

Others

Helland S, Bjørnaraa HB – Please, si det er pølse i dag, Agderposten 29.10.14

http://www.agderposten.no/meninger/please-si-det-er-polse-i-dag-1.1341867

 

Øverby NC, Helland S Med mot til å smake. Aftenposten Viten 12.03.14

http://www.aftenposten.no/viten/Med-mot-til-a-smake-7499755.html

Hillesund E, Øverby N, Bere E Nordisk mat er bra for gravide. Aftenposten 15.09.14

http://www.aftenposten.no/.../Nordisk-mat-er-bra-for-gravide-7706055.html

Hillesund E. Ny nordisk hverdagsmat. Aftenposten Viten 14.04.14

http://www.aftenposten.no/viten/Ny-nordisk-hverdagsmat-7527280.html#.U0La9E7IUfk.facebook

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