IDEFICS is a large-scale European study investigating diet, social determinants and lifestyle factors of 2 to 10 year olds. Our study focuses on the investigation of different factors influencing overweight and related disorders. We will develop new and innovative approaches for a healthier diet and physical fitness of children in Europe. We will teach parents and children and Raise their awareness for the problem of overweight and obesity in children in the whole of Europe
We will describe the status-quo of dietary and lifestyle habits of children in Europe taking into consideration regional, cultural, social, biological and gender specific aspects. We will propose guidelines for researchers and policy makers that demonstrate future ways for an effective and efficient prevention of overweight in children.
is an intervention programme in kindergartens and schools, in which we will focus on examining and improving the diet of children,
on increasing physical exercise and on different methods for coping with psycho-social stress.
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|Vision||In line with the WHO European Charter on Counteracting Obesity, we aim to promote a healthy environment for childhood and adolescent development, thus fostering a sustainable prevention of obesity and other nutrition and lifestyle related conditions.|
|Mission:||As the researchers and staff conducting the IDEFICS study, we take responsibility for achieving sustained progress in enhancing the knowledge of health effects of a changing diet and an altered social environment and lifestyle of children. Through forward-looking research in Europe, we will develop, evaluate, and optimise effective intervention methods. Based on our results, we will provide political decision makers with the means empowering them to transfer our findings to their areas of responsibility.|
|Values:||Our work is based on these core values:
|Slogan ('Claim'):||LEARNING HEALTHY LIVING.|
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