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Our lifestyles affect our health and our environment. We want to conduct research related to sustainable lifestyles with a focus on health; how are sustainable behaviors related to health, and how can they be promoted?

Main current research topics are:

  • Active transportation
  • Sustainable diets
  • School fruit/lunch
  • Social inequalities
  • Overweight
  • Global public health

Relevant publications

  • Bjørmarå HB, Torstveit MK, Stea TH, Bere E. Is there such a thing as sustainable physical activity? Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, published online 17/05/2016. doi: 10.1111/sms.12669
  • Sagedal LR, Øverby NC, Bere E, Torstveit MK, Lohne-Seiler H, Småstuen M, Hillesund ER, Henriksen T, Vistad I. Lifestyle intervention to limit gestational weight gain: the Norwegian Fit for Delivery randomised controlled trial. BJOG, published online 14/01/2016. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.13862.
  • Skreden M, Øverby NC, Sagedal I, Vistad I, Torstveit MK, Lohne-Seiler H, Bere E. Change in active transportation and weight gain in pregnancy. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2016, 13:10.
  • Stea TH, Haugen T, Berntsen S, Guttormsen V, Øverby NC, Haraldstad K, Meland E, Abildsnes E. Using the Intervention Mapping protocol to develop a family-based intervention for improving lifestyle habits among overweight and obese children: study protocol for a quasi-experimental trial. BMC Public Health, 2016; 16:1092.
  • Mutisya M, Ngware MW, Kabiru CW, Kandala N-B. The effect of education on household food security in two informal urban settlements in Kenya: a longitudinal analysis. Food Security, 2016; 8:743-756.
  • Bere E, te Velde S, Småstuen MC, Twisk J, Klepp K-I. One year of free school fruit – 7 years of follow-up. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2015, 12:139.
  • Vik FN, Lien N, Berntsen S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Grillenberger M, Manios Y, Kovacs E, Chinapaw MJM, Brug J, Bere E. Evaluation of the UP4FUN intervention: a cluster randomized trial to reduce and break up sitting time in European 10-12-year-old children. PLoS One, 2015, 10: e0122612.
  • Hillesund ER, Øverby NC, Engel SM, Klungsøyr K, Harmon QE, Haugen M, Bere E. Associations of adherence to the New Nordic Diet with risk of preeclampsia and preterm delivery in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). European Journal of Epidemiology, 2014, 29:753-765.
  • Kandala N-B, Ghilagaber G (Eds). Advanced Techniques for Modelling Maternal and Child Health in Africa. The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis, vol. 34. Springer Science, 2014.
  • Øverby NC, Klepp K-I, Bere E. Introduction of a school fruit program is associated with reduced frequency of consumption of unhealthy snacks. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2012, 96:1100-1103.
  • Brug J et al. Differences in weight status and energy-balance related behaviors among schoolchildren across Europe: The ENERGY-project. PLOS ONE, 2012, 7:e34732.
  • Stea TH, Øverby N, Klepp K-I, Bere E. Changes in beverage consumption in Norwegian children from 2001 to 2008, Public Health Nutrition, 2012, 15:379-385.
  • te Velde et al. Energy balance‐related behaviours associated with overweight and obesity in preschool children: a systematic review of prospective studies, Obesity Reviews, 2012, 13:56-74.
  • Børrestad LAB, Andersen LB, Bere E. Seasonal and socio-demographic determinants of school commuting, Preventive Medicine, 2011, 52:133-135.
  • Bere E, Brug J. Towards health promoting and environmentally friendly regional diets – a Nordic example, Public Health Nutrition, 2009, 12:91-96.

Projects and programs

  • Evaluation of free school fruit on childhood growth and obesity: a natural experiment. The Norwegian Child Growth Study. Project leader: Per Magnus, Norwegian Institue of Public Health. Funding: Norwegian Research Council. 2017-2020.
  • From cars to bikes – the feasibility and effect of using e-bikes, traditional bikes and longtail bikes for transportation among parents of children attending kindergarten. Project leader: Elling Bere. Funding: Extrastiftelsen/Nasjonalforeningen for folkehelse. 2017-2020
  • Førde Active Transport (FACT) Study. Project leader: Lars Bo Andersen (University College of Sogn & Fjordane). 2016-
  • Evaluation of the 2007-14 National Free School Fruit implementation. Project leader: Elling Bere. Funding: University of Agder. 2016-
  • The Consortium of Sub-Saharan Africa Advanced Training Programme for Leadership and Excellence in Biostatistics (S2ACABT). Project leader Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala. Funding: Wellcome Trust –DELTAS Initiative. 2016-2021
  • Promoting health in Healthy living centres - does it work, how does it work and why? Project leader: Eivind Meland (UiB). Norwegian Research Council. 2014-
  • Prospects for promoting health and performance by school meals in Nordic countries (ProMeal). Project leader Agneta Hörnell (Umeå University). Funding: Nordforsk. 2013-
  • Healthy and Sustainable Lifestyle. Project leader: Elling Bere. Funding: University of Agder. 2013-2016
  • New Nordic Diet and MoBa data. Project leaders: Nina Øverby & Elling Bere. Funding: University of Agder. 2012-
  • The Norwegian Fit for Delivery Study. Project leader: Ingvild Vistad (Sørlandet Hospital). Funding: Helse Sør-Øst/Sørlandet Hospital/University of Agder. 2009-
  • EuropeaN Energy balance Research to prevent excessive weight Gain among Youth : Theory and evidence-based development and validation of an intervention scheme to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity (ENERGY). Project leader: Johanes Brug (VUMC, Amsterdam). Funding: EU 7th Framework Programme. 2009-2012
  • Active transportation to school and work in Norway (ATN). Project leader: Elling Bere. Funding: University of Agder. 2008-2011
  • Fruits and Vegetables Make the Marks (FVMM). Project leader: Elling Bere. Funding: Norwegian Research Council/University of Agder. 2000-

Research partners


Professor Johannes Brug (VUMC , the Netherlands) and the ENERGY consortium

Dr Andrew K Wills (University of Bristol, England)

Professor Benedicte Deforce (Gent University, Belgium).


Professor Terje Andreas Eikemo (NTNU)

Professor Lars Bo Andersen (HiSF)

Professor Knut-Inge Klepp (FHI)

Professor Eivind Meland (UiB)

Dr Aslak Fyhri (TØI)


Professor Sveinung Berntsen (UiA)

Professor Nina Øverby (UiA)

Professor Liv Fegran (UiA)

Professor Svein Gunnar Gundersen (UiA)

The Fit for Delivery team.

Leader of group