Towards the integration and development of a cross-European research network and infrastructure: The DEterminants of DIet and Physical ACtivity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub

Jeroen Lakerveld, Hidde P van der Ploeg, Willemieke Kroeze, Wolfgang Ahrens, Oliver Allais, Lene Frost Andersen, Greet Cardon, Laura Capranica, Sebastien Chastin, Alan Donnelly, Ulf Ekelund, Paul Finglas, Marion Flechtner-Mors, Antje Hebestreit, Ingrid Hendriksen, Thomas Kubiak, Massimo Lanza, Anne Loyen, Ciaran MacDonncha, Mario MazzocchiPablo Monsivais, Marie Murphy, Ute Nöthlings, Donal J O'Gorman, Britta Renner, Gun Roos, A.J. Schuit, Matthias Schulze, Jürgen Steinacker, Karien Stronks, Dorothee Volkert, Pieter Van't Veer, Nanna Lien, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Johannes Brug, DEDIPAC consortium

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Abstract

To address major societal challenges and enhance cooperation in research across Europe, the European Commission has initiated and facilitated 'joint programming'. Joint programming is a process by which Member States engage in defining, developing and implementing a common strategic research agenda, based on a shared vision of how to address major societal challenges that no Member State is capable of resolving independently. Setting up a Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) should also contribute to avoiding unnecessary overlap and repetition of research, and enable and enhance the development and use of standardised research methods, procedures and data management. The Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub (KH) is the first act of the European JPI 'A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life'. The objective of DEDIPAC is to contribute to improving understanding of the determinants of dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours. DEDIPAC KH is a multi-disciplinary consortium of 46 consortia and organisations supported by joint programming grants from 12 countries across Europe. The work is divided into three thematic areas: (I) assessment and harmonisation of methods for future research, surveillance and monitoring, and for evaluation of interventions and policies; (II) determinants of dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours across the life course and in vulnerable groups; and (III) evaluation and benchmarking of public health and policy interventions aimed at improving dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours. In the first three years, DEDIPAC KH will organise, develop, share and harmonise expertise, methods, measures, data and other infrastructure. This should further European research and improve the broad multi-disciplinary approach needed to study the interactions between multilevel determinants in influencing dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours. Insights will be translated into more effective interventions and policies for the promotion of healthier behaviours and more effective monitoring and evaluation of the impacts of such interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number143
JournalThe International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Diet
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Motor Activity
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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