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Jeanette Reffstrup Christensen ph.d

Jeanette Reffstrup Christensen beskæftiger sig med forebyggelse og rehabilitering.

Jeanette Reffstrup Christensen er postdoc og studieadjunkt ved Syddansk Universitet på Institut ved Idræt og Biomekanik. Hendes forskning tager udgangspunkt i træning, kost og motion mhp. en forbedret sundhed og arbejdsevne.  

Ph.d. titel: Diet, physical exercise and cognitive behavioural training among overweight female health care workers – effects of a cluster-randomised controlled workplace intervention trial
Sprog: Engelsk
Vejleder: Kristian Overgaard, Karen Søgaard og Andreas Holtermann
Udgivelsessted: Århus Universitet

Kort engelsk resume af afhandlingen
Social and health care employees are a high-risk group as regards physical degeneration and early retirement. Based on previous studies, it was thought that this was connected to hard physical demands in social and health care work.

Other studies show that the percentage of overweight and inactive employees is extremely high among social and health care workers. Overweight and inactivity can be linked to lifestyle diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disorders, diabetes and arthritis. This can therefore help explain the high percentage of physical degeneration and early retirement that this branch is afflicted with.

The PhD defence presents a one-year project consisting of diet, physical training and cognitive behaviour counselling aimed at reducing weight and increasing physical capacity. This was carried out at a nursing home and resulted in fifty-four employees losing a total of 320 kg in one year. The results were clinically relevant because the percentage – in an increased risk group for lifestyle diseases – fell significantly. Workplaces can thus be a good starting point for promoting health because they can target groups with the same socioeconomic background and thus related lifestyle problems such as overweight and obesity.


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