The research group focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle among young people (ages 4-24 years) in the Haaglanden region by working together with current and future professionals and the target group to develop, evaluate and implement innovative products and programmes and services that promote physical activity and healthy food choices.
The research groups aims to work to promote a healthy lifestyle among young people ages 4 to 24 years through sustainable behaviour change. This behaviour change is achieved by converting knowledge about movement, diet, behaviour change, technology, interaction design and pedagogy into innovative products and programmes and services that consciously and/or subconsciously inspire children and young people to lead a health lifestyle. These efforts are based on a belief in the power of seduction and implicit learning, alongside persuasion and explicit learning. The innovations are integrally based on the desires, needs and perceptions of the target group and stakeholders. We work in a demand-driven and practice-oriented manner. That is why the research group works together closely with professionals in the field and the degree programmes and answers research questions originating directly from the professional field.
Stephan van Berkel
Yvonne van Giessen
Daniël van Leeuwen
Machteld van Lieshout
Annemarie de Witte
dr. Sanne de Vries
Sanne graduated with a degree in Human Movement Sciences and Epidemiology from the VU University Amsterdam. From 2000 to 2013, she worked as a researcher and project leader at TNO. Sanne earned her PhD from the VU University Amsterdam in 2009 in Social Medicine with a thesis entitled 'Activity-friendly neighbourhoods for children'. Sanne has been involved in more than 75 research projects involving young people, movement and health and has published more than 200 scientific reports. Her primary focus is on the role of the physical environment in movement behaviour, physical education and ‘nudging’, as well as the assessment of physical activity in young people.06 - 46 87 68 52
Staying active after physiotherapy (BiBoZ Practical Study)
Everyone knows that exercise is healthy and important. Yet it is difficult to get and stay active. For example, care professionals see that despite their efforts, more than half the clients relapse into unhealthy exercise behaviour within a year. That is why Leiden University of Applied Sciences, The Hague University of Applied Sciences and Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences have developed the BiBoZ method. The research is led by THUAS’ Healthy Lifestyle in a Supporting Environment research group.
More and more children in the Netherlands are overweight, don't exercise enough and have poor motor skills. For children to become healthy and fit adults, it is important to encourage them to exercise more. One way to achieve this is to better facilitate outdoor play. Playing outdoors not only has a positive effect on physical and mental health, but also on motor, cognitive and social skills.
MQ Scan: a quick test to measure motor skills in gym class
Children are exercising less and less, resulting in underdeveloped motor skills. Research shows that these children therefore do not have a fair chance of an active, healthy lifestyle. To get a better grip on children's motor skills, it is important to be able to measure them on a large scale. That is why the Healthy Lifestyle in a Stimulating Environment research group has developed a motor skills test together with the VU University Amsterdam: the MQ scan.