Departement of Health and Exercise

The section consists of disciplines that revolve around the functioning of the human body. Exercise and nutrition focus on how physical activity and nutrient intake affect our body both in terms of health and from a performance perspective. Life sciences deals with the molecular and physiological processes of the human body in a medical perspective.

The research group Health Sciences (HelsVit) works with mapping and promoting the state of health of the individual and to groups of the population with both preventive and treatment considerations. The group is led by Professor Per Morten Fredriksen.

The research group Training Science (TreVit) is linked to health and performance development.  The research is centred around three main areas: Endurance, strength/speed and mobility. Preliminary joint projects in these main areas are health mapping, testing and training methodology. The group is led by Professor Espen Tønnessen.

Research projects

  • Styrke og utholdenhet er fysiske egenskaper som har stor betydning for livskvalitet og helse. Høyt oksygenopptak og godt utviklet maksimal styrke gir gode forutsetninger for et langt liv med liten risiko for livsstilssykdommer. Dagens protokoller for måling av styrke og utholdenhet i den norske voksne befolkningen omfatter sit ups, push ups, håndgripestyrke og Åstrand sykkeltest. Testene er imidlertid lite reliable og korrelerer dårlig med maksimale tester. Tradisjonell testing av maksimal...

  • Background: Overweight/obesity in children and adolescents is a major health problem, together with a reduced physical inactivity. Studies have revealed that children learn easier, remember better and enjoy education more if physical activity is combined with teaching. In addition, the “side-effects” of increased physical activity improves health and well-being of a larger number of children. It has been shown that PAAC (Physical Activity Across the Curriculum programs increased physical...

  • In March 2020 the covid-19 pandemic, with the subsequent lockdown and social distancing, led to large changes for the Norwegian population, affecting students, workers and leaders among others. For students, most campus lectures and other campus activities were cancelled and moved to digital arenas. As a consequence, the social contact between students, and between students and lecturers were reduced to a minimum. Similar changes occurred in other arenas, affecting leaders and workers in...

  • Populærvitenskapelig sammendrag Prosjektet har til hensikt å kartlegge effekt av 45 minutter aktiv læring i alle barneskolene i Horten kommune. Intervensjonen vil kunne gi informasjonen om den akademiske effekten av en aktiv pedagogisk tilnærming til læring, samt måle effekt på fysiologiske variabler som forskning har vist har helsefremmende effekt. Dette gjelder aktivitetsnivå, kolesterol, kroppsammensetning, utholdenhet og fysiologiske variabler.