Individualized and family-based physical activity and diet intervention enhanced the healthy nutrition and increased physical activity in children

These significant findings are part of more comprehensive PANIC-study done by Biomedicine at the University of Eastern Finland.

The results showed that in families, who participated in intervention, children’s physical activity level were higher and the sedentary behavior was lower than with children in control group. Also nutritional status was better in intervention group – the consumption of vegetables and low-fat milk and the intake of dietary fiber and vitamin C increased and the consumption of butter and butter-based spreads decreased in the intervention group but not in the control group.

This study also encourages to notice that parents have a significant role enhancing health lifestyle in children.


Further investigation is needed to evaluate whether the improved health behavior can be maintained for a longer period of time and whether it reduces cardiometabolic risk among children.


The whole paper is published in Preventive Medicine 2016; 87: 81-88 and it’s available for free in address:

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Timo Lakka, Professor of Medical Physiology,


Data of this study is part of more comprehensive PANIC-study (Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children). Panic study is ongoing lifestyle intervention study in the Institute of Biomedicine at the University of Eastern Finland. A total of 512 children aged 6 to 8 years participated in the baseline measurements in 2007–2009, constituting a representative sample of their age group. The PANIC Study produces scientifically valuable information on children's lifestyles, health and well-being. The next follow-up round will begin in early 2016.