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Selection of key indicators for European policy monitoring and surveillance for dietary behaviour, physical activity and sedentary behaviour

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posted on 2021-04-28, 07:49 authored by Lina Garnica Rosas, Gert B. M. Mensink, Jonas D. Finger, Anja Schienkiewitz, Stefanie Do, Maike Wolters, Isobel Stanley, Karim Abu Omar, Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis, Catherine B. Woods, Celine Murrin, Wolfgang Ahrens, Antje Hebestreit, on behalf of the PEN Consortium
Background: A pan-European approach to evaluate policy impact on health behaviour requires the employment of a consensus set of established and relevant indicators. Methods: As part of the Joint Programming Initiative on a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life, the Policy Evaluation Network PEN identified key indicators of health behaviours and their determinants. These key indicators are already, or have the potential to be, adopted by large European Union surveillance systems for the assessment of policy impact. The iterative selection process included consultations in two rounds via email prior to a 2-days expert workshop. The experts collated a list of dietary behaviour, physical activity and sedentary behaviour indicators for European policy monitoring in young and adult populations based on existing frameworks and literature reviews. The expert panel was composed of researchers, policy makers and representatives of major European surveillance systems and related initiatives, as well as, representatives of organisations providing monitoring data, such as the European Commission and Eurostat. Results: The process provided two lists of key indicators including 37 diet ‘policy’ indicators and 35 indicators for dietary behaviour and their ‘determinants’; as well as 32 physical activity ‘policy’ indicators and 35 indicators for physical activity, sedentary behaviour and their ‘determinants’. Conclusion: A total of 139 key indicators related to the individual, the setting and the population level, and suitable for the assessment of dietary behaviour, physical activity and sedentary behaviour were prioritised by policy makers and researchers with the ultimate aim to embed policy evaluation measures in existing surveillance systems across the European Union. In a next step, data sources and suitable instruments will be identified to assess these key indicators.



International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity;18, 48





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