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Dr. Amika Singh 
  
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Amika Singh was born in 1974 in Aachen (Germany). Her background is in Physical Therapy, Human Movement Science and Epidemiology.

Amika is working at the Department of Public and Occupational Medicine, at the EMGO+ Institute, VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam since 2002. Amika obtained her PhD for her thesis on the evaluation of the effectiveness of a school-based intervention program aiming at the prevention of obesity in adolescents (DOiT = Dutch Obesity Intervention in Teenagers). 



Starting in february 2009, Amika was working as project manager of the ENERGY-project (www.projectenergy.eu), a project on the prevention of overweight in 10-12 year olds. Within ENERGY she was coordinating the research activities and reporting to the European Commission. Within ENERGY fifteen partners across Europe worked on a large-scale cross-European survey of more than 7000 school-children and their parents and gaining more insight in feasible components for the school-based and home-environmental promotion of healthy energy balance-related behaviors in children across Europe.

Amika's research focuses on the development, evaluation and implementation of interventions that aim at improving healthy behaviors in children. One of her most recent projects is called SMART MOVES!. Within SMART MOVES! Amika and her colleagues examine the relationship between physical activity and cognitive functioning in children.