Determinants of diet and physical activity (DEDIPAC): a summary of findings

Johannes Brug, Hidde P. van der Ploeg, Anne Loyen, Wolfgang Ahrens, Oliver Allais, Lene F. Andersen, Greet Cardon, Laura Capranica, Sebastien Chastin, Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij, Marieke De Craemer, Alan Donnelly, Ulf Ekelund, Paul Finglas, Marion Flechtner-Mors, Antje Hebestreit, Thomas Kubiak, Massimo Lanza, Nanna Lien, Ciaran MacDonnchaMario Mazzocchi, Pablo Monsivais, Marie Murphy, Mary Nicolaou, Ute Nöthlings, Donal J. O’Gorman, Britta Renner, Gun Roos, Matthijs van den Berg, Matthias B. Schulze, Jürgen M. Steinacker, Karien Stronks, Dorothee Volkert, Jeroen Lakerveld

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The establishment of the Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub, 2013–2016, was the first action taken by the ‘Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ European Joint Programming Initiative. DEDIPAC aimed to provide better insight into the determinants of diet, physical activity and sedentary behaviour across the life course, i.e. insight into the causes of the causes of important, non-communicable diseases across Europe and beyond. DEDIPAC was launched in late 2013, and delivered its final report in late 2016. In this paper we give an overview of what was achieved in terms of furthering measurement and monitoring, providing overviews of the state-of-the-art in the field, and building toolboxes for further research and practice. Additionally, we propose some of the next steps that are now required to move forward in this field, arguing in favour of 1) sustaining the Knowledge Hub and developing it into a European virtual research institute and knowledge centre for determinants of behavioural nutrition and physical activity with close links to other parts of the world; 2) establishing a cohort study of families across all regions of Europe focusing specifically on the individual and contextual determinants of major, non-communicable disease; and 3) furthering DEDIPAC’s work on nutrition, physical activity, and sedentary behaviour policy evaluation and benchmarking across Europe by aligning with other international initiatives and by supporting harmonisation of pan-European surveillance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-24
JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Issue number150
Early online date3 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished online - 3 Nov 2017


  • Determinants of health behaviours – Dietary behaviour – Europe – Physical activity – Policy evaluation – Sedentary behaviour – Interventions


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