Lifestyle Changes Observed among Adults Participating in a Family- and Community-Based Intervention for Diabetes Prevention in Europe: The 1st Year Results of the Feel4Diabetes-Study

Nutrients. 2020 Jun 30;12(7):1949. doi: 10.3390/nu12071949.


The Feel4Diabetes intervention was a school and community-based intervention aiming to promote healthy lifestyle and tackle obesity and obesity-related metabolic risk factors for the prevention of type 2 diabetes (T2D) among families at risk of developing this disease. The current study aims to present the results on lifestyle behaviors obtained from parents during the first year of the Feel4Diabetes intervention. This multicomponent intervention had a cluster randomized design and was implemented in Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Greece, Hungary and Spain over two years (2016-2018). Standardized protocols and procedures were used by the participating centers in all countries to collect data on parents' lifestyle behaviors (diet, physical activity, sedentary behavior). The Feel4Diabetes intervention was registered at (registration number: NCT02393872). In total, 2110 high-risk parents participated in the baseline and 12-month follow-up examination measurements. Participants allocated to the intervention group reduced their daily consumption of sugary drinks (p = 0.037) and sweets (p = 0.031) and their daily screen time (p = 0.032), compared with the control group. In addition, participants in the intervention group in Greece and Spain increased their consumption of breakfast (p = 0.034) and fruits (p = 0.029), while in Belgium and Finland they increased their water intake (p = 0.024). These findings indicate that the first year of the Feel4Diabetes intervention resulted in the improvement of certain lifestyle behaviors in parents from high-risk families.

Keywords: families; lifestyle intervention; obesity; type 2 diabetes; vulnerable.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / prevention & control*
  • Diet, Healthy
  • Europe
  • Family*
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Healthy Lifestyle*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Preventive Health Services / methods*
  • Risk Factors
  • School Health Services
  • Young Adult

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