White paper healthy and sustainable behaviour of children and youngsters (KB-37-004-025)

Project: LNV project

Project Details



WUR has ample knowledge and expertise in the fields of health, nutrition, a green environment and sustainability. However, when it comes to health and well-being of children and adolescents, the expertise is scattered. This project provides a roadmap towards making it clear that WUR is THE place to be for research on a healthy, sustainable lifestyle enhancing the wellbeing of children and adolescents.


Scientific expertise

An overview of our expertise shows the strength of the systems approach followed by WUR to support healthy and sustainable dietary behaviour and the wellbeing of children and adolescents. WUR has expertise in assessing and monitoring diets and behaviour using innovative tools and methods. In addition, a large number of researchers, with a background in different disciplines and from different science groups, are working on strategies for encouraging healthy and sustainable behaviour among children and adolescents, for example with food for infants and toddlers, strategies and programmes at schools, and outside schools. The expertise on an empowering environment includes, for example, social farm experiences as well as impact of green spaces. Lastly, WUR research extends beyond the Dutch context; it also has expertise on feeding the world.



A bibliometric analysis of peer-reviewed publications of the past ten years in the field of eating behaviour and food choices of children and adolescents showed that WUR joins the top Dutch organizations with a share of 19% of the Dutch publications in this area. When focusing on the past five years, Wageningen has the highest number of Dutch publications.

A marketing communication strategy has been created to increase the awareness of the brand WUR as an authority on research in the field of youth, health and wellbeing. The suggested approach will increase our visibility and network, which will ultimately lead to more research opportunities.


Unique position

When it comes to understanding and enhancing the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents, WUR has a unique position in the Netherlands. Our approach, both integrated and individual-oriented, to enhancing the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents is vital for tackling problems such as behavioural, mental, and social health issues, obesity, and climate change, which are complex and multifaceted. Because of these multifaceted challenges, we intend to strive for more cooperation within WUR, often in large teams that work with a wide range of stakeholders on real-world, practical issues.

Our mission is to use our unique expertise in this field to increase the wellbeing of the youth now and in the future, preventing unsustainable and unhealthy personal diets and resulting in a healthier and more sustainable society.

Effective start/end date1/01/2131/12/22