The RICH centre has research as its purpose and dissemination of the same in the sphere of child and youth health with special emphasis on physical activity and diet. It is the intension of RICH with this acquired knowledge to influence and shape evidence based primary prevention in the face of increasing inactivity and overweight among groups of children and young people and in the health and social consequences hereof.
RICH will seek to achieve its purpose by:
- A continuation and extension of mixed-longitudinal studies in children’s cardiovascular health. This work has been important because the combined effort in many countries has made it possible to analyze association between lifestyle parameters in culturally diverse populations and metabolic health outcomes such as obesity and other CVD risk factors with sufficient statistical power. At the same time we have been able to describe secular trends in both exposures and health outcomes.
- Exploring the mechanisms behind clustering of CVD risk factors in order to optimize prevention. Especially, the role of muscle tissue and fat tissue in the development of insulin resistance should be explored.
- A further development of methods for objective assessment of different aspects of physical activity, which can be used in large population studies and to evaluate interventions.
- Testing different preventive strategies which realistically can be implemented on population level, and develop programs targeted at specific groups such as obese children, different ethnic groups and socially deprived groups.
- Investigate the determinants of physical inactivity and unhealthy diets in culturally diverse groups.
- Examining main genetic determinants for metabolic health and health behaviours, as well as exploring interactions between genetic and environmental factors.
- Working closely with regions and municipalities serving as a consultative body at the initiation of health promotion interventions and evidence-based monitoring and evaluation of these.
In addition to advancing the understanding of the molecular basis of health and disease processes, this will enable further development of targeted preventions for groups at risk, complimenting targeted prevention for high risk groups identified on the basis of current obesity or social deprivation.