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

Journal article

Publication Details

Author(s): Brug J, Van Der Ploeg HP, Loyen A, Ahrens W, Allais O, Andersen LF, Cardon G, Capranica L, Chastin S, De Bourdeaudhuij I, De Craemer M, Donnelly A, Ekelund U, Finglas P, Flechtner-Mors M, Hebestreit A, Kubiak T, Lanza M, Lien N, Macdonncha C, Mazzocchi M, Monsivais P, Murphy M, Nicolaou M, Nothlings U, O'Gorman DJ, Renner B, Roos G, Van Den Berg M, Schulze MB, Steinacker JM, Stronks K, Volkert D, Lakerveld J
Journal: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Publication year: 2017
Volume: 14
ISSN: 1479-5868


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.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Volkert, Dorothee Prof. Dr. rer. nat.
Professur für Klinische Ernährung im Alter

External institutions with authors

Deutsches Institut für Ernährungsforschung (DIfE)
Dublin City University (DCU)
Institut Nationale de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Leibniz-Institut für Präventionsforschung und Epidemiologie - BIPS GmbH
Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment / Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM)
Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) / Folkehelseinstituttet
OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University
Quadram Institute
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Università degli Studi di Roma "Foro Italico"
Universität Konstanz
Universität Ulm
Universiteit Gent (UGent) / Ghent University
University of Amsterdam
University of Bologna / Università di Bologna
University of Cambridge
University of Limerick
University of Oslo
University of Ulster
University of Verona / Università degli Studi di Verona
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) / University Amsterdam

How to cite

Brug, J., Van Der Ploeg, H.P., Loyen, A., Ahrens, W., Allais, O., Andersen, L.F.,... Lakerveld, J. (2017). Determinants of diet and physical activity (DEDIPAC): a summary of findings. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14.

Brug, Johannes, et al. "Determinants of diet and physical activity (DEDIPAC): a summary of findings." International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 14 (2017).


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