Project

DEDIPAC - DIet, Sedentary behaviour, and Physical Activity To Create a Healthy life. JPI HDHL - DEDIPAC

Duration
01 December 2013 → 30 November 2018
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Palliative care and end-of-life care
    • Regenerative medicine
    • Other basic sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Palliative care and end-of-life care
    • Regenerative medicine
    • Other clinical sciences
    • Other health sciences
    • Nursing
    • Other paramedical sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Palliative care and end-of-life care
    • Regenerative medicine
    • Other translational sciences
    • Other medical and health sciences
 
Project description

In the past 20 years, the field of health promotion research has grown considerably

trying to obtain a better health for all. Based on my own research, and my

interpretation of the state-of-the-art, I believe that we need to rethink health

promotion research. We need to develop interventions based on assumptions of selfregulation

and empowerment leading to skills and competences that can be applied in

changing situations and contexts.

The general objective of this research project is to prospectively develop and evaluate

new interventions that are matched to the individual’s (personal, social and

environmental) characteristics, apply the self-management or self-regulation

approach, and dynamic as they adapt themselves to the changing contexts and

characteristics of the participants.

We will develop mobile health applications on smartphones, tablets, … following the

self-regulation approach, and test the effectiveness of this new unique intervention

using a RCT. Physical activity was chosen as the outcome variable, as it is a key

factor in many chronic diseases including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity,

cancer, and has also a major impact on mental health. As very large proportions of the

whole world population are not reaching physical activity recommendations,

changing this health behaviour is a major challenge for society.