Agenda 03sept2019 PhD defense Noortje Kuijken

Noortje Kuijken Integrating health promotion into everyday life of people with intellectual disabilities

Noortje analyzed the perspectives of all stakeholders as well as the context of current health promotion for people with intellectual disabilities (ID). Important is a supportive environment that empowers people with ID to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into their everyday-life routines.

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Noortje Kuijken Integrating health promotion into everyday life of people with intellectual disabilities

Many people with intellectual disabilities (ID) are overweight and have unhealthy lifestyles characterized by low levels of physical activity and an unhealthy diet. Existing health promotion initiatives are often not suitable for people with ID. To better tailor health promotion initiatives to the needs, interests and capabilities of people with ID, Noortje analyzed the perspectives of all stakeholders as well as the context of current health promotion for people with ID. This thesis identified the importance of a supportive environment that empowers people with ID to incorporate a healthy lifestyle into their everyday-life routines. A clear organizational lifestyle policy that acknowledges health promotion as a key part of everyday-life support, can help to make these changes happen in organizations that provide support to people with ID. Noortje also recommends to pay attention to adopting a positive mindset towards supporting healthy behavior and to better educate caregivers on how they can support people with ID to make healthy lifestyle choices. 

Date, time and location PhD defense

  • Date: 3 September 2019
  • Time: 10.30 hrs
  • Location: Radboud Universiteit, Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2

Biography

Noortje Kuijken (1987) graduated with first-class honors in 2012 from Maastricht University (Master's degree in Health Education and Promotion).

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Biography

Noortje Kuijken (1987) graduated with first-class honors in 2012 from Maastricht University (Master's degree in Health Education and Promotion). The research in her thesis was performed at the department of Primary and Community Care at the Radboud university medical center. Currently, Noortje works as a teacher at the Bachelor of Nursing at Fontys Hogescholen in Eindhoven


Promotor

  • Promotors: Prof. H.M.J. van Schrojenstein Lantman and Prof. M.W.G. Nijhuis-van der Sanden
  • Co-promotors: J. Naaldenberg PhD and Prof. G.L. Leusink

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