Applied Health Intervention Research Unit

The interdisciplinary Applied Intervention Research Unit is concerned with the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of interventions for health promotion and prevention of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors.

The aim of the research unit is to develop, evaluate and implement innovative and evidence-based interventions for health promotion and prevention of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors in order to contribute to the evidence-based prevention research of the BIPS.
The research of the unit focusses mainly on the following topics:

  • Physical activity and fitness
  • Diet
  • Mental health.

The target groups often concern children, young people, older adults and stakeholders. A specific focus is set on complex public health interventions and settings-based approaches to improving population health, including digital interventions. The group uses quantitative and qualitative methodologies and also conducts reviews with the aim of strengthening the evidence base of public health interventions. Participatory, approaches are becoming increasingly important in the research unit.

The qualifications within the research unit are diverse (public health, health sciences, psychology, sports sciences, geography, nutritional sciences) and the close cooperation with other departments at BIPS enables research projects to be conducted with interdisciplinary expertise. There is also close cooperation in the field of physical activity with the interdepartmental working group PAR.

It is of importance for the research unit that the research can be of direct, practical benefit to the population. In addition to science communication, the research unit has a long-standing tradition in the development and implementation of concepts with a focus on nutrition and health. Members of the research unit provide advice to institutions nationally, particularly day-care centers, on questions of nutrition and hygiene. In this context, consultations, trainings and seminars (internal, external) are offered as well as various information materials have been prepared.

Selected publication

    Articles with peer-review

  • Wichmann F, Pischke CR, Jürgens D, Darmann-Finck I, Koppelin F, Lippke S, Pauls A, Peters M, Voelcker-Rehage C, Müllmann S. Requirements for (web-based) physical activity interventions targeting adults above the age of 65 years - Qualitative results regarding acceptance and needs of participants and non-participants. BMC Public Health. 2020;20:907.
    https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-08927-8
  • Müllmann S, Buck C, Voelcker-Rehage C, Bragina I, Lippke S, Meyer J, Peters M, Pischke CR. Effects of two web-based interventions promoting physical activity among older adults compared to a delayed intervention control group in Northwestern Germany: Results of the PROMOTE community-based intervention trial. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2019;15:100958.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2019.100958
  • Steenbock B, Wright MN, Wirsik N, Brandes M. Accelerometry-based prediction of energy expenditure in preschoolers. Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour. 2019;2(2):94-102.
    https://doi.org/10.1123/jmpb.2018-0032
  • Steenbock B, Buck C, Zeeb H, Rach S, Pischke CR. Impact of the intervention program "JolinchenKids - Fit and Healthy in Daycare" on energy balance related-behaviors: Results of a cluster controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics. 2019;19:432.
    https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-019-1817-8
  • Brandes M, Steenbock B, Wirsik N. Energy cost of common physical activities in preschoolers. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. 2018;15(4):233-238.
    https://doi.org/10.1123/jpah.2017-0348
  • Müllmann S, Forberger S, Möllers T, Zeeb H, Pischke CR. Effectiveness of eHealth interventions for the promotion of physical activity in older adults: A systematic review protocol. Systematic Reviews. 2016;5:47.
    https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-016-0223-7
  • Helmer S, Müllmann S, Zeeb H, Pischke CR. Development and evaluation of the efficacy of a web-based 'social norms'-intervention for the prevention and reduction of substance use in a cluster-controlled trial conducted at eight German universities. BMC Public Health. 2016;16:252.
    https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-2898-z

Current projects

Staff

Atens-Kahlenberg, Wiebke von
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Brandes, Mirko, PD Dr.
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Brandes, Berit
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Bücking, Brigitte
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Busse, Heide, Dr.
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De Santis, Karina Karolina, Dr.
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Dreger, Steffen
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Gill, Sehajpreet
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Peters, Manuela
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Saleem, Maham
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Sell, Louisa
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Soltani, Nazli
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Wichmann, Frauke, Dr.
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Wijekoon Mudiyanselage, Kalpani W.
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