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The following projects within the key theme 'Prevention of metabolic dysfunction and diabetes' have already been completed:

G04it

Overweight and obesity among children and adolescents are an increasing public health problem in the Netherlands. The usual care in the early 2000s was referral to a dietician in the home care setting. A more intensive treatment program aimed at attaining a healthy lifestyle was not available at the time. For this reason, the VUmc together with several partners developed a multidisciplinary intervention program for obese adolescents called Go4it. The Go4it intervention showed a significant beneficial effect on BMIsds and quality of life of its participants. Larger benefits were achieved for adolescents of western ethnicity: in this subgroup significant treatment effects were observed on BMIsds, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and HDL cholesterol level at 18 moths follow up.

Researchers:

Dr. Ageeth Hofsteenge
Dr. Ir. Peter Weijs
Prof. dr. H.A. Delamarre- van de Waal
Prof. dr. Mai Chin A Paw

Read more about the Go4it program (in Dutch) 

Screening for hypertension in overweight children

Hypertension is frequently present in overweight (4-14%) and obese (11-23%) children, and is an important cause of cardiovascular diseases and kidney injury in adults. The ‘Guideline overweight for Child Health Care' [JGZ-Richtlijn Overgewicht], published May 2012, recommends Child Health Care professionals to screen overweight children for hypertension from the age of 5 years. The aim of the study is to evaluate whether screening of overweight children for hypertension in Child Health Care is effective and feasible.

Researchers

Aleid Wirix
Dr. Joana Kist- van Holthe
Prof. dr. Mai Chin A Paw