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Carry M Renders, PhD is associate professor and epidemiologist at the Department of Health Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam Public Health research institute. She has expertise in research in the field of obesity and diabetes in children and adolescents and in the field of Youth Health Care. She focuses on research into the determinants of lifestyle behaviors, interventions to promote healthy lifestyles, treatment of obesity and in the monitoring, implementation and evaluation of  integrated community-wide approaches to tackle obesity within the setting of families, schools, neighbourhoods and youth health care. She teaches courses in such areas of prevention and policy, social marketing and public health in general.

In addition she is an associate lecturer 'Healthy City' at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the city of Zwolle and involved in the development, implementation and evaluation of the integrated approach to tackle obesity in Zwolle.

In the period 2002-2009 she has been coordinator of the National Knowledge Centre for Obesity (KCO).  The KCO was established in 2002 with subsidies from the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports to enhance knowledge about the aetiology, prevention, treatment options and consequences of overweight and obesity. Its goal was to provide professionals, policymakers and researchers with access to this knowledge and to encourage research.



  • 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


Academic qualification

Diabetes care, VU Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine, Department of General Practice

Award Date: 7 Dec 2001


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