Physical Activity & Health

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The research group Physical Activity and Health has its main focus on health promotion and behavioral change with special attention to:

  • physical activity
  • sedentary behaviour
  • nutrition

Our mission:
A healthier world through the promotion of more physical activity and less sitting over the life course

Excellent research with the goal of:

  • Creating healthy environments for all
  • tailored interventions
  • healthy aging


  • innovative technologies
  • participation and co-creation

Our values:

  • action orientation
  • social commitment
  • continuous development
  • loyalty
  • cooperation

During the past years, the research group has conducted numerous studies across all age groups (children, adolescents, adults and the elderly) on:

  • the monitoring and measuring of physical activity, sedentary behaviour and nutrition (incl. validity and reliability studies)
  • the identification of psychosocial and environmental determinants of these three behaviours
  • the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion interventions.


The research group has been and is involved in several international projects and networks (including European Commission and National Institutes of Health) such as Pro Children, HOPE, ALPHA, TEENAGE, HELENA, IDEFICS, ENERGY, TOY BOX, SPOTLIGHT, DEDIPAC, Smartlife, Feel4Diabetes, IPEN, DEPASS, PhysAgeNet, WEALTH, Health Cascade, YAHEE, FOODPATH and GRAY.


Contact information

Research group "Physical Activity & Health"
Department of Movement and Sports Sciences
Watersportlaan 2
9000 Ghent
phone: +32 (0)9 264 63 27