Thabo van Woudenberg
Everybody knows that living an active lifestyle is healthy. Unfortunately, many people in the Netherlands are inactive. This has serious consequences for the physical and psychological well-being. Around 80% of children and adolescents do not adhere to the recommendations to be active for more than 60 minutes a day. However, the majority of Dutch youth experiences great fun while being active. Therefore, my goal is to increase physical activity in children and adolescents.
In my research, I focus on social influences that shape the physical activity patterns of youth. I try to find out how we can promote a healthy and active lifestyle for children and adolescents.
Thabo van Woudenberg is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Erasmus School for Social and Behavioural Sciences in Rotterdam and is the scientific coordinator of the SocialMovez project. After obtaining the bachelor’s in Communication Science in Nijmegen, he completed the research master Behavioural Sciences in Nijmegen. In January 2020, Thabo successfully defended his PhD dissertation in which he investigated social network interventions that promote physical activity among adolescents.