There main projects currently running in the research group are briefly outlined below along with the name of the staff involved. Do not hesitate to contact them for more information.

TACKLE Tackling socioeconomic differences in weight development among youth

The project aims to explore when, how and why socioeconomic differences in body weight develop during childhood. It will also investigate multilevel determinants of lifestyle behaviors and body weight among adolescents focusing on the role of the neighborhood food and activity environments. The project is based on Norwegian data and aim to do a cross-sectional survey in Oslo in the Spring of 2020.


  1. Secondary analyses of data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study
  2. Qualitative survey among adolescents and their parents; development and validation of an environmental mapping tool (food and activity environments)
  3. Cross-sectional multilevel school-based survey among adolescents living in neighborhoods with different levels of affluence
  • Mekdes Gebremariam, Teferi Yitayew, Hanne Havdal and Nanna Lien

The school as a public health actor: Effective tools for good implementation of guidelines for food and meals

The aim of this project is to obtain knowledge about which measures can be implemented at national and local level in order to support the schools’ implementation of the national guidelines for food and meals, as well as what may promote good implementation at school level.

In this project barriers and success factors for good implementation of the guideline for food and meals in primary school and after-school care will be identified through interviews with key persons at school and municipal level. Review of the literature on implementation theory and school interventions, as well as experiential knowledge, will be underlying. Tools to increase the degree of implementation will be developed and then tested in schools in a selection of counties. Schools in other counties will serve as control group. The effect of the implementation tools will be evaluated by means of questionnaires and statistical methods.

  • Nanna Lien and Jorunn Sofie Randby

Early promotion of healthy dietary habits: Targeting kindergarten and home environments.

The overall objective is to develop, implement and evaluate a theory and evidence-based intervention targeting vegetable consumption of 3-5 year olds through environmental changes in the kindergarten and the home in a three-armed, group-randomized controlled study design.

The study is called “BRA-studien” and data weere collectd in 73 kindergartens in Vestfold in 2015-2017. There were 37 kindergartens receiving the intervention and 36 kindergartens serving as controls. 

  • Nanna Lien, Lene Frost Andersen, Anne Lene Kristiansen, Anne S. Sundet and Mona Bjelland


Published Feb. 25, 2011 3:09 PM - Last modified May 14, 2019 11:48 AM