HELENA: Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence (2003-2005)
The key to health promotion and disease prevention in the 21st century is to establish an environment that supports positive health behaviour and healthy lifestyle. Most diseases have their origin during childhood and adolescence, but the relationship between the development of non-communicable diseases and the adolescence process is poorly understood.
Adolescence is a crucial period in life and implies multiple physiological and psychological changes that affect nutritional needs and habits. The HELENA proposal includes cross-sectional, crossover and pilot community intervention multi-centre studies, as an integrated approach to the above-mentioned problem.
The HELENA proposal includes cross-sectional, crossover and pilot community intervention multi-centre studies, as an integrated approach. Also the requirements for health-promoting foods will be identified, and three sensory acceptable products for adolescents will be developed. Achievements:
- New innovative and culturally adapted methods for assessing diet, nutrition, and physical activity and fitness in adolescents of different European countries.
- Knowledge about dietary and physical activity patterns in European adolescents.
- Knowledge about determinants of food choices and preferences of adolescents in Europe.
- Cultural, social, genetic and gender differences and similarities across Europe.
- Identification of adolescents at risk of eating disorders, dislipemia, obesity and/or type 2 diabetes.
- Improvement of the adolescents’ diet in Europe providing new and attractive healthy foods.
- Improvement of life-style habits of adolescents in Europe providing a computer-based education tool.
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