Margunn Skjei Knudtsen

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AIMS A pro-active approach that incorporates the effective use of scientific evidence and data is a major goal in public health work. This study aimed to identify local and regional strengths and barriers to identify, translate, and use relevant evidence of "what works" in public health management. METHODS Focus group discussions were performed among 22(More)
BACKGROUND Leisure time activities and culture participation may have health effects and be important in pulic health promotion. More knowledge on how cultural activity participation may influence self-perceived health, life-satisfaction, self-esteem and mental health is needed. METHODS This article use data from the general population-based Norwegian(More)
BACKGROUND Improvement of health status due to physical activity is well documented. Research on health effects of other cultural measures is more scarce. During recent years, considerable work in these fields has been presented in the Nordic countries and there is a good basis for further research. MATERIAL The article is a literature study based on(More)
BACKGROUND Environment, health behavior, and genetic background are important in the development of obesity. Adolescents spend substantial part of daily leisure time on cultural and social activities, but knowledge about the effects of participation in such activities on weight is limited. METHODS A number of 1450 adolescents from the Norwegian HUNT study(More)
Aims: The aim of this article is to describe and discuss how the search conference can be used as a method for planning health promotion actions in local communities. Design and methods: The article draws on experiences with using the method for an innovative project in health promotion in three Norwegian municipalities. The method is described both in(More)
BACKGROUND Knowledge of the association between health status and lifestyle factors, such as food habits, smoking and physical activity, is abundant. Other lifestyle factors, such as participation in cultural activities, have attained less attention. MATERIAL AND METHODS The article is based on studies of the literature. Reference lists in key articles(More)
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