- Funder: UK Malaysia Research Collaborations (Newton-Ungku Omar Fund)
- ENHS Lead: Dr Laura Johnson and Dr Hazreen Abdul Majid
- Co-researchers: Professor Russell Jago, Dr Angeliki Papadaki, Dr Muhammad Yazid Jalaludin, Dr Hazreen Abdul Majid, Prof Maznah Dahlui, Dr Tin Su, Dr Nahar Azmi Mohamed, Dr Zoi Toumpakari, Dr Shooka Mohammadi
- Research Centre: Exercise Nutrition and Health Sciences
MyHeart Beat explores diet, physical activity and cardiometabolic health in Malaysian adolescents: from epidemiology to intervention.
The project aims to:
1) Look at how different lifestyle factors combine to create an overall behavioural pattern that predicts better health in adolescents over time
2) Investigate novel biomarkers, using metabolomics, to find out in much more detail than ever before how behaviour leads to better cardiovascular health
3) Talk to adolescents, school staff and government officials about how they could adopt the behaviours we think are important for health
4) Design and pilot test an intervention for improving diet and physical activity in schools
The MyHeart (Malaysian Health and Adolescents longitudinal Research Team) study is a prospective cohort of 1361 schoolchildren followed from 13-17yrs old. MyHeart Beat (Behavioural Epidemiology and Trial) builds on this cohort to find factors that predict good health and then work out how to change them in schools.