Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

AUAS and Impuls Childcare Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Kids

7 Mar 2016 09:22 | Communication

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) and childcare organisation Impuls Kinderopvang will enter into a partnership from 25 February to promote a healthy lifestyle among young children. The AUAS is starting a research project on the optimal diet and activity levels for this target group and the contribution made by educational staff.


The first project to result from this partnership is Preschool@Healthyweight. In this project, a diet and exercise intervention will be implemented at the Impuls preschools from 1 May. Based on the results of this intervention, the AUAS ‘Weight Management’ ( Gewichtsmanagement) research group and ‘The Educational Function of Teaching and Upbringing’ ( Lectoraat de Pedagogische Functie van Onderwijs en Opvoeding) research group will develop a competency in Lifestyle Advice ( Leefstijladvisering) at the higher education with an applied emphasis (HBO) level for preschool educational staff. Educational staff are increasingly confronted with overweight and obese children in the age range of 2.5 to 4 years. The intention is for staff members with this competency to be able to reach disadvantaged children more effectively, with the aim of promoting healthy weight and development and reducing health inequalities between preschool children.

Setting a good example

Impuls will incorporate the knowledge gained on healthy lifestyle in their policy and in everyday practice. In this way they hope to encourage and inspire the children and their parents to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Connection to other parties

Through its spearhead programme Urban Vitality, the AUAS will also work with the childcare sector organisation Brancheorganisatie Kinderopvang Amsterdam, the Netherlands Youth Institute, the RIVM Centre for Healthy Living and the VU University Medical Center in the Preschool@Healthyweight study. The project ties in with the Amsterdam Approach to Healthy Weight ( Amsterdamse Aanpak Gezond Gewicht) and is embedded in the research of Sarphati Amsterdam.