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Regular physical activity and a healthy diet play an instrumental part in determining health as defined by physical, mental as well as social well-being by the World Health Organization. To illustrate, physical inactivity is responsible for an average loss of 7 'quality' years of life and particularly in combination with obesity and "unhealthy" diet can lead to a marked (> 5 years) reduction in the individual’s lifespan (Kiens et al. 2007; Juel et al. 2006). The cost for society – in terms of health-care expenses and working hours lost – is equally massive. A major society challenge in this context is to elucidate the mechanisms by which physical activity and proper nutrition can improve health and quality of life, prevent disease and facilitate treatment and rehabilitation in a cost-effective manner.

'Physical activity and nutrition for improvements of health' is a research initiative targeting the potential of and mechanisms, by which physical activity and proper nutrition can improve physical health and wellbeing, facilitate treatment, rehabilitation and even prevent certain diseases. The overall aim is to create an inter-disciplinary research platform that generate and communicate evidence-based life style recommendations directed at population groups at risk of diseases.

'Physical activity and nutrition for improvements of health' is one of the 18 research initiatives established in 2013 based on a grant from the 'University of Copenhagen Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research (2016)'. Follow the links below to read more about the three core activities in the research program:


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