The National Food, Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey

Carla Lopes

Principal Investigator

Integrated Member (PhD)

Type of project:



EEA Grants/000088SI3

Participating institutions:

Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto; Instituto de Saúde Pública da Universidade do Porto; Faculdade de Ciências da Nutrição e Alimentação da Universidade do Porto; Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge; AIDFM - Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa; Faculdade de Desporto da Universidade do Porto; Faculdade de Motricidade Humana da Universidade de Lisboa; SilicoLife; Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Oslo, Noruega

Sources of financing:

Administração Central do Sistema de Saúde, IP - Public Health Initiatives (EEA Grants)

Start date:


(Predicted) End date:


Research line:

L1 - Life Course Research and Healthy Ageing

Research lab:

Nutrition and Cardiometabolic Health


The National Food Survey and Physical Activity project aims to collect data on dietary intake (including nutritional, food safety and insecurity dimensions) and physical activity using harmonized tools and protocols, in the view of a pan-European survey (EFSA Guidelines). Analyzing data according to socio-economic status will allow to better understanding the gaps and inequalities. The Survey outcomes will support solid evidence-based information for all age groups of the population, not available in Portugal since 1980, and will contribute to develop a national infrastructure for monitoring progress of specific targets supporting policies and future interventions. The project will also provide innovative tools for health indicators monitoring and improve human resources training. A consortium with experts with know-how from different specific areas will be an additional asset. Sharing expertise and comparing data between Portugal and Norway will strengthen the maintenance of the system and the capacity of future funding.

Research team