Research collaborations with the IMPACT group
The IMPACT group is part of several national and international research collaborations and networks. We are also part of the Centre for Nutrition at BioNut, KI, and the KI eHealth Core Facility.
Collaboration and networks in Sweden
Child and maternal healthcare
To be able to develop effective, feasible and suitable interventions it is crucial to have a close communication with the actual end-users and facilitators. In our projects we often work together with child healthcare and maternity care, for instance in the projects MINISTOP, HealthyMoms, SPARK, Saga Stories in health talk. See more on our research project page.
The Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance (AHKGA) is a network of researchers, health professionals, and stakeholders who are working together to increase physical activity in children and youth from around the world. The AHKGA network has produced global summits on data on physical activity in children and youth in 2014, 2016, 2018, and the next one will be released in October 2022. The network has grown from 15 countries in 2014 to 60 countries in 2022.
The Swedish working group is led by Marie Löf (country leader) and Christine Delisle Nyström (co-leader). The Swedish steering group also includes: Christel Larsson, Gothenburg University; Anna-Karin Lindqvist, Luleå University of Technology; Anna-Karin Lindroos, Swedish National Food Agency; Ulf Eriksson, Stockholm Regional Council; Gisela Nyberg, Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences (GIH) and Karolinska Institutet; Marita Friberg, The Public Health Agency; and Maria Hagströmer, Karolinska Institutet.
The global summits have been important for policymakers, researchers, and various stakeholders to identify and assess problem areas as well as intervene in appropriate ways. The Active Healthy Kids Swedish working group was established in 2015 (led by Marie Löf) and reviews and compiles the most recent available literature for Swedish children and youth, and assign grades to 11 indicators with the AHKGA global summits:
- Overall physical activity
- Organized sport and physical activity
- Active play
- Active transportation
- Sedentary behaviour
- Physical fitness
- Family and peers
- Community and environment
The International Study of Movement Behaviours in the Early Years (the SUNRISE study) is a large international collaboration project led by the University of Wollongong, Australia, and now includes 43 low, middle, and high income countries. The overall aim of this study is to monitor to the new WHO Guidelines for physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep for children under 5 years of age. The Swedish pilot study was completed in 2019 (n = 100) and data for the main study was initiated in February 2020, where we are aiming to recruit 1000 Swedish pre-schoolers aged 3-5 years. Contact persons: Christine Delisle Nyström (assistant professor) and Ellinor Nilsson (PhD student).
Collaboration with researchers at the Deakin University, Australia, who have developed the Infant Feeding, Activity and Nutrition Trial (INFANT) program.
Read more on our project page. Contact person: Christine Delisle Nyström.
Collaboration with the University of Newcastle and the Mid North Local Health District, New South Wales, Australia, and the researchers behind The Parents In Child Nutrition Informing Community (PICNIC). This program uses peer-education and social media to educate and support Australian parents and their peers in child feeding through the first years of parenthood.
Read more on our project page. Contact person: Maria Henström.
Centres and core facilities
Centre for nutrition
The IMPACT group is part of the new Centre for Nutrition at BioNut, KI South, Flemingsberg. The Centre is lead by Professor Marie Löf with co-leaders Dr Christian Riedel and Dr Federico Pietrocola.
KI eHealth Core Facility
Together with Brjánn Ljótsson (CNS, core facility leader) and Sabine Koch (LIME, co-leader), Marie Löf (co-leader) runs the eHealth Core Facility at KI. This was initiated to gather expertise in the field of eHealth, and to provide support to other researchers who wish to conceptualize, develop, test or implement an eHealth tool or intervention. Through the BASS platform the eHealth Core Facility can also provide support for delivering guided self-help interventions and collect self-assessment data on multiple timepoints. Visit the eHealth Core Facility website to find out more.