Sunday, April 1, 2012

The ENERGY project towards its final

The EuropeaN Energy balance Research to prevent excessive weight Gain among Youth (ENERGY) project uses the Intervention Mapping protocol to systematically use both existing scientific information and secondary analyses of evaluation data of existing schemes, as well as perform additional research to identify the most important intrinsic and extrinsic factors that determine energy-balance health behaviours, and translate this information into an evidence-based intervention scheme for 10-12 year old children in the transition age to adolescence. ENERGY is now in its final stages.  The entire project has used systematic reviews, secondary data analyses, a cross European cross-sectional school-based study and intervention study. The last few days we had our before-last ENERGY consortium meeting here in Amsterdam, where the consortium discussed the projects progress and made preparations for the ENERGY final symposium in Lyon on May 9, 9.00-12.00 AM, right before the upcoming European Congress on Obesity. At the final symposium we will present the results of the cross sectional and intervention studies. The results of the cross sectional study will soon be published in PLOS One, and I will report on that publication as soon as it is out. The results of the intervention study are now being analyzed and will be presented for the first time in Lyon.