Publicación

Health-related fitness assessment in childhood and adolescence: a European approach based on the AVENA, EYHS and HELENA studies

  • JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-HEIDELBERG
  • Autores
    Ruiz, JR; Ortega, FB; Gutierrez, A; Meusel, D; Sjostom, M; Castillo, MJ
  • Año Publicación
    2006
  • Volumen
    14
  • Número
    5
  • Pág. Inicio
    269
  • Pág. Fin
    277
  • Pág. Fin
    269
Referencia Citadas
53
Citas Web of Science
96
Total de veces citado (Z9)
99

Results from cross-sectional and longitudinal studies such as Alimentacion y Valoracion del Estado Nutricional en Adolescentes: Food and Assessment of the Nutritional Status of Spanish Adolescents (AVENA) and the European Youth Heart Study (EYHS) respectively, highlight physical fitness as a key health marker in childhood and adolescence. Moderate and vigourous levels of physical activity stimulate functional adaptation of all tissues and organs in the body (i.e. improve fitness), thereby also making them less vulnerable to lifestyle-related degenerative and chronic diseases. To identify children and adolescents at risk for these major public health diseases and to be able to evaluate the effects of alternative intervention strategies in European countries and internationally, comparable testing methodology across Europe has to be developed, tested, agreed upon and included in the health monitoring systems currently under development by the European Commission (EC): the Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs (DG SANCO); the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT), etc. The Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence (HELENA) study group plans, among other things, to describe the health-related fitness of adolescents in a number of European countries. Experiences from AVENA and EYHS will be taken advantage of. This review summarises results and experiences from the developmental work so far and suggests a set of health-related fitness tests for possible use in future health information systems.


Web financiada por la Junta de Andalucía, Consejería de Conocimiento, Investigación y Universidades, Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER), proyecto SOMM17/6107/UG

Web financiada por la Junta de Andalucía, Consejería de Conocimiento, Investigación y Universidades, Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER), proyecto SOMM17/6107/UGR