To address the major societal challenges and enhance cooperation in research across Europe, the European Commission has initiated and facilitated ‘joint programming’. The Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub (KH) is the first action of the European Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’. The objective of DEDIPAC is to contribute to improving the understanding of determinants dietary, physical activity and sedentary behaviours. DEDIPAC KH is a multi-disciplinary consortium of scientists from 46 research centers supported by joint programming grants from 12 countries across Europe. In the initial three years DEDIPAC KH will develop, exchange, harmonize and share expertise, methods, measures, data and other infrastructure to enable a broad multidisciplinary approach, including biological, ecological, psychological, sociological, and economic determinants and their interrelationships.
Today we had the kick off of DEDIPAC at the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research of the VU University Medical Center, where the DEDIPAC core team met to prepare for the work to be conducted in the coming weeks, months and years.