PANCS (Physical Activity among Norwegian Children Study) follow-up

A large proportion of children and adolescents do not reach recommended levels of physical activity. Knowledge about levels, temporal trends and determinants of physical activity and sedentary time – and their relation to cardiometabolic risk factors – are necessary to inform future intervention strategies for primary prevention of obesity and non-communicable diseases.


Formal title

Physical activity, sedentary time and cardiometabolic risk factors during adolescence


The purpose of this PhD project is to evaluate:
1. Temporal changes in physical activity, sedentary time and physical fitness from childhood into early adulthood.
2. Correlates and determinants of physical activity and sedentary time.
3. The longitudinal relationship between physical activity and various risk factors for developing cardiovascular diseases.


This follow-up study will include those who participated in both PANCS1 at age 9 and PANCS2 at age 15, now 21-23 years of age. All participants will perform a variety of tests – fasting blood samples, anthropometric measures, DXA-scan, blood pressure, physical fitness tests (hand grip strength and VO2max), questionnaires and objective measures of physical activity using accelerometer.