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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: HEALTH.2012.3.2-3 | Award Amount: 3.74M | Year: 2012

The IROHLA project aims at innovating the conceptual understanding of health literacy interventions in Europe. Health literacy is one of the social determinants of health and reflects how well persons can understand, digest and critically reflect on information with regard to health and illness. People with sufficient health literacy skills are able to act proactively on health issues, take their own decisions and manage health and illnesses well. Right now in EU countries 10% 30% of the population has insufficient health literacy skills, which is associated with higher morbidity and mortality, while utilisation of health services is higher and treatment outcomes are poorer than average. Health literacy is a major issue amongst the ageing population in Europe. Tackling health literacy problems in the ageing population leads to social innovation and leads to reduction of costs of healthcare. The IROHLA project will investigate health literacy interventions among the ageing population and will draw lessons from other sectors, e.g. the social sector and the commercial sector. By involving scientist from medical, paramedical field, social and behavioural sciences, communication sciences and other related fields, the project will be truly multidisciplinary. The project will involve stakeholders from the ageing population and from levels of government. The project will develop a comprehensive approach for health literacy among the ageing population, based on synergetic effects of empowerment and health literacy communication, which countries can apply in prevention, curative services and care services. The project will concentrate on modern media and e-health applications. The final product will be a guideline for policy and practice with (max) 20 high potential interventions that together will improve health literacy of the ageing population. The project will make a direct contribution to the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: PHC-04-2015 | Award Amount: 5.95M | Year: 2016

The overarching aim of INHERIT is to define effective inter-sectoral policies and interventions that promote health and well being across the social gradient by tackling key environmental stressors and related inequalities in the areas of living, consuming and moving. INHERIT will bring together relevant stakeholders from different sectors, including the private sector. It will support inter-sectoral cooperation between environment, climate and health by: a) Analysing existing scientific knowledge on key environmental stressors to health and approaches to address these; b) Identifying existing promising inter-sector policies and interventions that enable conditions for more healthy and environmentally sustainable behaviours, in three main areas: living, consuming and moving; c) Developing a Common Analytical Framework using impact assessment tools and quantitative and qualitative indicators to assess the social, environmental and health benefits and the economic value in promising inter-sectoral interventions; d) Developing targets and future visions while considering overall economic and politics contexts and global trends (i.e. participatory back-casting, stakeholder and citizen consultations and household surveys); e) Implementing, testing and evaluating pilot interventions in different European contexts; f) Enhancing the leadership skills of public health professionals in inter-sectoral work to address key environmental stressors to health and promote healthy and environmentally sustainable lifestyles; g) Translating evaluation findings into models of good practice for effective inter-sectoral work and evidence based tools for policy development to contribute to the global and European environment, health and sustainable development policy agenda. The novelty of INHERIT lies in its support for health, environment and climate sectors to jointly pursue the inter-related goals of improving health and well-being of the population while preserving the environment.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-SA | Phase: SiS.2013.1.2-1 | Award Amount: 4.50M | Year: 2014

ASSET (Action plan in Science in Society in Epidemics and Total pandemics) is a 48 month Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Action Plan (MMLAP), which aims to 1) forge a partnership with complementary perspectives, knowledge and experiences to address effectively scientific and societal challenges raised by pandemics and associated crisis management; 2) explore and map SiS-related issues in global pandemics; 3) define and test a participatory and inclusive strategy to succeed; 4) identify necessary resources to make sustainable the action after the project completion. ASSET combines public health, vaccine and epidemiological research, social and political sciences, law and ethics, gender studies, science communication and media, in order to develop an integrated, transdisciplinary, strategy, which will take place at different stages of the research cycle, combining local, regional and national levels.

Yannakoulia M.,Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health | Yannakoulia M.,Harokopio University | Lykou A.,Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health | Kastorini C.M.,Institute of Preventive Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health | And 6 more authors.
Public Health Nutrition | Year: 2016

Objective To explore factors affecting children's and adolescents' diet quality, in the framework of a food aid and promotion of healthy nutrition programme implemented in areas of low socio-economic status of Greece, during the current financial crisis. Design From a total of 162 schools participating in the programme during 2012-2013, we gathered 15 897 questionnaires recording sociodemographic characteristics, lifestyle parameters and dietary habits of children and their families. As a measure of socio-economic status, the Family Affluence Scale (FAS) was used; whereas for the assessment of diet quality, the KIDMED score was computed. Associations between KIDMED and FAS, physical activity and socio-economic parameters were examined using regression and classification-regression tree analysis (CART). Results The higher the FAS score, the greater the percentage of children and adolescents who reported to consume, on a daily basis, fruits and vegetables, dairy products and breakfast (P<0·001). Results from CART showed that children and adolescents in the medium or high FAS groups had higher KIDMED score, compared with those in the low FAS group. For those in the low FAS group, KIDMED score is expected to increase by 12·4 % when they spend more than 0·25 h/week in sports activities. The respective threshold for the medium and high FAS groups is 1·75 h/week, while education of the mother and father affected KIDMED score significantly as well. Conclusions Diet quality is strongly influenced by socio-economic parameters in children and adolescents living in economically disadvantaged areas of Greece, so that lower family affluence is associated with worse diet quality. © 2015 The Authors.

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