Healthy Lifestyle

A systematic literature review of choice architecture interventions to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behavior

Our own Lorraine Landais got the opportunity to present parts of her PhD project at the last ISBNPA conference. Choice architecture (CA) is considered a promising approach to change health behaviors; however, its effectiveness in increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behavior, especially after its removal, remains unclear.This systematic literature review aims to provide an overview of the effectiveness of CA interventions that promote physical activity or reduce sedentary behavior.

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Prevalence and correlates of domain- specific sedentary time of adults in the Netherlands

Relatively little is known about how total sedentary time is accumulated in different domains and if correlates of sedentary time differ across domains. Time use surveys present a unique opportunity to study sedentary time in more detail. One of our latest studies aimed to use the 2006 Dutch time use survey to 1) describe the (sedentary) time use of Dutch adults, and to 2) explore socio-demographic and health-related correlates of total (non-occupational) and domain-specific sedentary time.

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Less time on the couch reduces fatness in babies of obese women

Overweight and obesity are enormous problems for society and health care. However, having too much fat starts before birth, in the womb. Obese pregnant women often give birth to babies with too much fat, and these babies are more likely to be fat as children and adolescents, increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Therefore, prevention of overweight and obesity starts during or before pregnancy! We published recently in Diabetologia a manuscript on the influence of a lifestyle interventions during pregnancy on the offspring.

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Mediators of Lifestyle Behaviour Changes in Obese Pregnant Women

A better understanding of what drives behaviour change in obese pregnant overweight women is needed to improve the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions in this group at risk for gestational diabetes (GDM). We published in Nutrients a manuscript on the factors that mediated behaviour change in the Vitamin D and Lifestyle Intervention for GDM Prevention (DALI) Lifestyle Study.

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