The Nordic Monitoring System 2011-2014
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The Nordic Monitoring System 2011-2014

Status and development of diet, physical activity, smoking, alcohol and overweight

This report describes the results of the first and second collection of data in the joint Nordic Monitoring System of diet, physical activity and overweight. It is well recognized that health in the European Region needs to be improved and Nordic public health researchers have since 2008 developed and validated a Nordic method to assess diet and physical activity among adults and children. Data has collected on health behaviour and overweight in 2011 and 2014 among 18,000 adults and 5,000 children. During the three year survey period, significant changes have occurred in the Nordic countries, especially among adults. The Nordic Monitoring System shows that lifestyle and weight status differ between the Nordic countries despite highly comparable societal structures. Favorable and unfavorable health behaviour is present in all countries and there are areas to be improved in all countries.

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Nordic Council of Ministers

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Monitoring of diet, physical activity and overweight in the Nordic region is an important element in the Nordic Plan of Action on better health as was put forward by the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2006. The monitoring project was started in 2008 and a joint validated Nordic method for collecting representative data on diet, physical activity and overweight was developed (Fagt et al. 2009 and 2012). In 2011, the first collection of data in all the Nordic countries took place (Rasmussen et al. 2012). This report describes the second data collection in 2014 and presents the development from 2011 to 2014 as compared to the goals and visions set by the Nordic Plan of Action.