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Personal information

Name                Coosje Dijkstra 

Position            Researcher

Department     Health Sciences 

Phone               +31 (0)20-5986128

Email                coosje.dijkstra@vu.nl

Room                T-651

Present            Monday-Friday

Short biography

Coosje is a researcher at the Institute of Health sciences, department Nutrition and Health at the VU University Amsterdam and the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research. She is trained as a nutritionist and epidemiologist and obtained her Master’s degree from Wageningen University. She is working on different research projects aiming to decrease socioeconomic inequalities in dietary intake in children and adolescence. Examples are the Voedselwijs project, in which she evaluates a multiple component school garden based program, aiming to increase vegetable consumption in children in social economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Coosje is also involved in the Green Healthy Student project and the Healthy Supermarket project. 

 She recently finished her PhD project entitled: "Socio-economic differences in adherence to the dietary recommendations for fruit, vegetable and fish and underlying mechanisms among Dutch older adults". She also worked on the Foodbank project with Judith Neter: “Optimize food choices and food patterns in low socioeconomic status recipients of the Dutch food bank and consequently prevent nutrition-related chronic diseases.”

Coosje is also a teaching assistant for several courses in the nutrition department-working groups, practical’s, tutor, supervision of BSc / MSc thesis and PhD students. 

Coosje her main interests are:

- Socioeconomic inequalities in dietary intake, dietary behavior and health
- Fruit, vegetables and fish intake 
- Food choices and behavior 
- Nutritional epidemiology 

Specialties: nutrition, epidemiology, socioeconomic position

Education/academic training

2009: MSc in Nutrition and Health, major in Public Health and Epidemiology, Wageningen University

2006: BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics, Hanzehogeschool Groningen

Key publications as 1st author

Dijkstra SC, Neter JE, Brouwer IA, Huisman M, Visser M. Motivations to eat healthily in older Dutch adults - a cross sectional study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2014 Nov 18;11(1):141

Dijkstra SC, Neter JE, van Stralen MM, Knol DL, Brouwer IA, Huisman M, Visser M. The role of perceived barriers in explaining socio-economic status differences in adherence to the fruit, vegetable and fish guidelines in older adults: a mediation study. Public Health Nutrition 2014 

Dijkstra SC, Neter JE, Brouwer IA, Huisman M, Visser M. Misperception of self-reported adherence to the fruit, vegetable and fish guidelines in older dutch adults. Appetite 2014 

Dijkstra SC, Neter JE, Brouwer IA, Huisman M, Visser M. Adherence to Dietary Guidelines for Fruit, Vegetables and Fish among Older Dutch Adults; the Role of Education, Income and Job Prestige. The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging 2014 18(2):115-21

Dijkstra SC, Lampe JW, Ray RM, Brown R, Wu C, Li W, Chen C, King IB, Gao DL, Hu Y, Shannon J, Wähälä K, Thomas DB.  Biomarkers of dietary exposure are associated with lower risk of breast fibroadenomas in Chinese women. J Nutr 2010 140 (7), 1302-10.

Dijkstra SC, Brouwer IA, van Rooij FJA, Hofman A, Witteman JCM, Geleijnse JM. Intake of Very Long Chain n-3 Fatty Acids and Incidence of Heart Failure. The Rotterdam Study. Eur J Heart Fail 2009, 11 (10), 922-928.

Other publications

Neter JE, Dijkstra SC, Visser M, Brouwer IA.  Dutch food bank parcels do not meet nutritional guidelines for a healthy diet. Br J Nutr. 2016 Aug;116(3):526-33.

Monteagudo C, Dijkstra SC, Visser M. Self- perception of body weight status in older Dutch adults. J Nutr Health Aging. 2015 Jun;19(6):612-8.

Neter JE, Dijkstra SC, Visser M, et al. Food insecurity among Dutch food bank recipients: a crosssectional study. BMJ Open 2014;4:e004657.

NDF werkgroep Voedingsrichtlijnen bij diabetes (augustus 2010). Voedingsrichtlijnen voor mensen met diabetes type 1 en 2. Nederlandse Diabetes Federatie, Amersfoort.

Visser M, Dijkstra SC. Het eetgedrag van ouderen. LASA report for Dutch ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, 2010.

Visser M, Dijkstra SC. Naar verklaringen voor het eetgedrag van ouderen. LASA report for Dutch ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, 2011.

Book chapters

S.C. Dijkstra, S. Bader.  Hoofdstuk 7: Voeding bij diabetes mellitus. Handboek diabetes mellitus 4de druk, De tijdstroom. Oktober 2012

EU@Amsterdam: een stedelijke raad - ProefGroen - Gezond eten kan ook lekker en duurzaam zijn. Coosje Dij kstra, Jutka Halberstadt, Jaap Seidell en Arnoud Verhoefff - 2015 - ISBN: 9789462981744

Awards

Young Professional Award - Voeding NL Congres - 2015 

NAV publication award 2015 for the publication: The role of perceived barriers in explaining socio-economic status differences in adherence to the fruit, vegetable and fish guidelines in older adults: a mediation study. Dijkstra SC, Neter JE, van Stralen MM, Knol DL, Brouwer IA, Huisman M, Visser M.  Public Health Nutrition 2014