December 2016

Norway

By |December 29th, 2016|

Every year the beautiful mountains of Norway turn into winter wonderland that you can criss cross with dog sledding, lightweight ski’s for cross country or alpine skiing. This is what we all did during our Christmas stay in Norway. We were first-timers in Norway and definitely this calls for more. The day before Christmas we arrived at Herangtunet […]

Sri Lanka – a few highlights

By |December 16th, 2016|

There is quite a buzz now around the pearl drop island Sri Lanka with its beautiful sunny beaches, colonial city’s, tea covered mountains, wildlife parks and small fisherman villages. Sri Lanka was the midpoint of the spice route from Europe to China – that’s why many different races from Indian, Arab, Dutch, British and Portuguese has left their influence. […]

November 2016

Protocol paper – American Heart Journal

By |November 28th, 2016|

Recently after 2 years of work our protocol for the Spanish study is accepted in the American Heart Journal. A summary in the following: BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. With atherosclerosis as the underlying cause for many CVD events, prevention or reduction of subclinical atherosclerotic plaque burden (SAPB) through a healthier lifestyle may […]

Madrid – Twin phenomenon

By |November 17th, 2016|

Researchers have identified that twelve areas of the DNA sequence are linked to age being a first time parent and family size which is recently published in Nature Genetics. This study is the first that shows that reproductive behavior is not only a mere personal choice, and/or a combination of social and environmental factors but there is also […]

October 2016

Sedentary time in 3 work settings

By |October 20th, 2016|

Quite a while we have been working on an article investigating sedentary behavior in 3 work settings and is this year published in PLOSone. The cross-sectional data was retrieved from the vitality in practice research program. All three studies were randomized controlled trials with baseline assessment and in each study a subgroup wore an accelerometer. The participants were from different […]

Madrid – Permanent jetlag

By |October 12th, 2016|

Last week I was in Madrid for the TANSNIP study. Although it was beginning of October and leaves were already falling slowly to the ground and sweaters came out to play, the temperatures suddenly increased to top summer levels again. The Spaniards are quite used to this metereological phenomenan which happen each year at the end of september and […]

September 2016

TANSNIP project

By |September 26th, 2016|

Just about 2 years, I am travelling back and forth to Madrid for the TANSNIP study. TANSNIP stands for Trans-Atlantic Network to Study Stepwise Noninvasive imaging as a Tool for Cardiovascular Prognosis & Prevention. The TANSNIP study is a collaboration between Mount Sinai New York, CNIC Madrid, Banco Santander and VU medical center Amsterdam. I am very lucky to […]

Travelling to the last 3 independent monarchies in Africa

By |September 20th, 2016|

There are hundreds of monarchies in Africa, however, there are only three independent monarchies in the whole of Africa. I was lucky to visit all three this year, i.e., Lesotho, Morocco and Swaziland. Lesotho and Morocco are constitutional monarchies and Swaziland is an absolute monarchy. Within an absolute monarchy, the king or queen rules with absolute power (also called […]

July 2016

Inspiring talks Health Promotion – Cape Town

By |July 26th, 2016|

Uplifted by the beats of African drum sounds and rhythmic dancing, the yearly conference on behavioral nutrition and physical activity (ISBNPA) was officially opened in the beautiful city Cape Town this time. During the conference days, several interesting talks were held and the majority of the keynotes were very inspiring; TEDx-like. Inspiring as such that it opened up new […]

Outdoor activities – Cape Town

By |July 4th, 2016|

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers”. – […]