Physical (in)activity, sleep and healthy ageing

Sanne Verhoog, University of Bern

Regular and adequate levels of physical activity can reduce the risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer, depression and emotional stress, and the risk of falls. To date, several methods for assessing physical activity exists, without clear guidelines or standardized methods. The aim of this PhD program is to evaluate the different measurement tools for physical activity, and compare them against each other. Furthermore, we want to assess whether there is a difference in socio-demographic factors associated with physical activity according to different measurement methods. This new understanding of
differences in measurement methods could contribute towards an agreement and standardized method for assessing activity, which will improve the comparability across studies. The information gained on socio-demographic determinants can lead to improvement of current activity guidelines, their communication and implementation, and generating a healthier population by subgroup specific promotion of activity.

Keywords: Physical activity, sedentary behavior, measurement, questionnaire, accelerometer, socio-demographic determinants

Short Biography

My name is Sanne Verhoog and I am from TheNetherlands. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from VU University Amsterdam. In 2019, I obtained a Research Master in Health Sciences with a specialization in Clinical Epidemiology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Currently I am working as a PhD student at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine in Bern.



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