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Two projects funded through the Social Research Call of "la Caixa" Foundation

CIS-Iscte will be the host institution for two more projects funded through the Social Observatory of "la Caixa" Foundation. Researchers Marília Prada, Elzbieta Bobrowicz-Campos and Cristina Camilo won the 2023 edition of the Social Research Call.

Marília Prada (on the left in the picture below) will coordinate with Magda Saraiva (WJCR-Ispa) the project LessSugar4Kids - Children, parents and teachers' perspectives on sugar intake reduction, which aims to analyze how children perceive sugar and its consumption. More importantly, the research team intends to complement the child's perspective with two central sources of social influence in this age group: parents and elementary school teachers. Considering that excessive sugar consumption is highly prevalent among Portuguese children, and their eating habits are influenced by multiple individual and contextual factors, this project has an important social relevance in the areas of health and education. The results of this project will enable the development of a toolkit to empower children and educators with simple strategies to help them reduce sugar consumption. Besides the two coordinators, the project team includes Margarida Garrido and Lígia Monteiro (CIS-Iscte), João Graça (University of Groningen), and Carla Viegas (Lisbon School of Health Technology).

Elzbieta Bobrowicz-Campos (middle) and Cristina Camilo (right) will coordinate the project Time-To-Engage - Intentions and behaviors of using digital health technology by older adults: Collaborative research. The aim of this project is to explore the individual and contextual factors that interfere with the intention of older adults to use digital health technologies. It also aims to understand how these factors are shaped by levels of digital skills and engagement and by the availability, accessibility, and price of digital equipment. By recognizing older adults as active agents in society, the researchers aim to leverage civic participation in the implementation of digital health. The results of this project could be useful for digital inclusion by defining evidence-based solutions for digital health equity. For this project, funding will be awarded under the Social Research Program, promoted in the context of Iniciativa Ibérica de Investigación e Innovación Social, i4S (an agreement between the Foundation for Science and Technology of the Government of Portugal and "la Caixa").



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