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Message from the Director

Vincent Onywera, Ph.D, ISAK 2,

The physical activity patterns and dietary habits are fundamental to the health and wellness of children and youth. Poor nutrition and engaging in inadequate amounts of physical activity increase the risk of a number of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis among others. The burden of disease in Africa is currently shifting from infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and this is thought be partially as a result of the rapid physical activity and nutrition transition currently taking place in the continent. Promotion of active and healthy lifestyle is therefore an important public health priority in Africa and hence the formation of the HAKK.

HAKK is made up of a multidisciplinary research group that brings together expertise across and outside Africa and facilitates collaborative working. The group is a multi-faculty research group specializing in the assessment, prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related diseases and conditions.

In addition, the HAKK has a strong commitment to mentoring and developing early and mid career researchers through an active visiting and exchange program, regular fora to foster peer support and provide opportunities for early career researchers to discuss their research and career objectives with other researchers.



Physical Activity and Active Transport (PAAT) Research Project began with the training of research assistants on data quality management i.e. data collection and quality control. This paved way for data collection.  PAAT involves four research locations: Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique and Canada. The Kenya site (Kenyatta University) serves as the coordinating centre for the project.

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Healthy Active Kids Kenya (HAKK)
P.O Box 43844-00100 , Nairobi-KENYA
Tel: + 254-810901 Ext. 57284
E-mail: director@hakkenya.org

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