Friday, May 16, 2014

Successful DEDIPAC full consortium meeting

Yesterday and today the first full consortium meeting of the determinants of diet and physical activity knowledge hub (DEDIPAC) was held. On Thursday a plenary program informed the 175 DEDIPAC partners who had come to Amsterdam for this meeting about the progress made so far and were further inspired by short keynote speeches on ambulatory assessment of physical activity, sedentary and dietary behaviour and their determinants by Ulrich Ebner-Priemer, the president of the society for ambulatory assessment, on a paradigm shift in research on determinants towards systems-models of health behaviour change, by Stef Kremers, and on the INFORMAS framework for food environment and policy monitoring and benchmarking by Stefanie Vandervijvere. On the Thursday afternoon and Friday a series of workshops were conducted to further the work on DEDIPAC's three thematic areas, i.e. harmonisation of measurement and monitoring of diet, physical activity, sedentary behaviour and their determinants, gaining further insights in multilevel determinants of these behaviours, and evaluation of multilevel interventions and policies to promote and facilitate healthier diets, more physical activity and less sedentariness.