Development of the European bachelor physical activity and lifestyle counseling programme (PALC)

Johan de Jong, Carin Bruining, Bart Dikkeboer

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Lifestyle related health problems are a tremendous burden for European societies that demands a shift towards prevention and a professional to guide this process. Therefore a new bachelor program PALC was developed. A consortium of seven universities from the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Italy, Lithuania and Great Britain developed a competence-based curriculum. Six semesters were developed: 1) Basic Program, 2) Health Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA), 3) Changing Behaviour, 4) Nutrition, 5) Policy & Entrepreneurship and 6) the Final Project. From 2012-2013, Changing Behaviour, HEPA and Nutrition were tested. Meanwhile, Portugal received full accreditation and Lithuania started the accreditation process. From September 2013, the program will start in Groningen/NL, Rio Maior/POR and Kaunas/LIT.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationERACON 2013 Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2013
EventERASMUS Congress and Exhibition 2013 - Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
Duration: 15 May 201319 May 2013


ConferenceERASMUS Congress and Exhibition 2013
Abbreviated titleERACON 2013
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  • physical activity
  • lifestyle


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