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Carry Renders (associate professor at the Department of Health Sciences) is an epidemiologist with a keen interest in integrated community-based approaches and system-based approaches to stimulate a healthy lifestyle and preventing overweight and obesity in children, adolescents and their families.

After obtaining her MSc at Radboud University Nijmegen (1995) she was first affiliated to the Department of General Practice, then to the Department of Public and Occupational Health (section youth health care) and the EMGO+ Institute for Health and Care research. In addition, she has been manager of the National Knowledge Centre Overweight (2002-2010, subsidised by the Ministry of VWS). Since 2009, she has been affiliated with the Department of Health Sciences, Vrije Universiteit. She has also been seconded for a small part to Windesheim University of Applied Sciences (2005-2022), first as research coordinator and then as associate lector at the Healthy Cities lectorate and the Healthy Society lectorate, respectively.


Research focuses on integrated research of upstream and downstream determinants of behavioural change aimed at improving a healthy lifestyle and preventing overweight and obesity in children, adolescents and their families. Research methods include epidemiological research, systems approaches as well as qualitative methods such as focus groups and participatory action research. Research settings are real-life (families, schools, neighbourhoods, youth health care) and projects usually integrate research, practice and policy.

  • Deskundigheidsbevordering van Gezonde Schooladviseurs: Naar context-gestuurde adaptatie van het implementatieproces.

  • Charge your Brainzzz 2.0: evaluation of a co-created healthy sleep intervention for adolescents using a complex systems approach
  • In the neighborhood, with the neighborhood and for the neighborhood: an effect and learning process evaluation of an Integrated Neighborhood Approach to prevent childhood overweight

  • Lifestyle and healthcare Innovations based on youths’ Knowledge and Experience (LIKE-project),

  • Twelve years Zwolle Healthy City; explaining and strengthening the keys to success in policy and practice with focus on target group participation.

  • SMARTsize@Work: A combination of a weight management program and nudging in the company cafeteria

  • Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions within the Policy Evaluation Network (PEN) Work Package 6: Policy in practice.

  • Creating a healthy school community by sound teamwork 

  • Implementation and Evaluation of the Netherlands Nutrition Centre Guidelines for Healthier Canteens in secondary schools in the Netherlands 

  • Integrated community-based approaches to prevent childhood overweight and obesity. From appraising complex programmes to tackling health inequalities 

  • Evaluation of integrated community-wide intervention approaches to prevent overweight in children. Supportive tools and critical success factors to programme evaluation performance.   

  • Development of the canteen scan, a tool for assessment of the food environment at schools, sport clubs and work 

  • Intensive inpatient treatment for severely obese children and adolescents: costs and effects 

  • A tool to estimate costs of a health in all policies approach to prevent overweight in children and adolescents 

  • Perspectives on the encouragement of healthy energy balance related behaviour in the school environment 

  • Overweight in 5-year-old children: Assessment and risk factors:’ the be active, eat right study’ 

  • Parenting and home environment as target in childhood overweight prevention: Results from the ChecKid study 

  • Promotion of a healthy weight and lifestyle among children:’ the be active, eat right study' 

  • The Terneuzen birth cohort. Early detection and prevention of overweight and cardiometabolic risk


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Academic qualification

Diabetes care, Interventions to improve quality of diabetes care in primary care, VU Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine, Department of General Practice

Award Date: 7 Dec 2001


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