Christina Bjørk Petersen

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Christina Bjørk Petersen is a researcher at the Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Section for Health Promotion and Prevention, focusing on the Danish Capital Region Health Surveys. She has a master´s degree in Public Health from the University of Copenhagen and a PhD in physical activity epidemiology from the National Institute of Public Health, SDU.

Christina's research interests are mainly epidemiological studies and interventions focusing on physical activity, sedentary behavior, mental health and social inequality. Through her projects, Christina has solid experience in the development, analysis and dissemination of results from large population-based surveys such as the DANHES study, the Copenhagen City Heart study and The National Representative Health and Morbidity Studies. In addition, Christina has previously worked as a consultant in the Danish Outdoor Council, and has gained in-depth knowledge of project management, partnerships and strategic project development.

As a researcher in the Danish Capital Region Health Surveys, Christina focuses on 1) developing methods for examining the population's health status by surveys and registries, 2) analyzing and disseminating results.

Selected publications

  • Danquah IH, Petersen CB, Skov SS, Tolstrup J. Validation of the NPAQ-short – a brief questionnaire to monitor physical activity and compliance with the WHO recommendations. BMC Public Health 2018; 18(1): DOI: 10.1186/s12889-018-5538-y

  • Petersen CB, Bauman A, Tolstrup JS. Total sitting time and the risk of incident diabetes in Danish adults (the DANHES cohort) over 5 years: a prospective study. Br J Sports Med. 2016 Feb 23.

  • Skov-Ettrup LS, Petersen CB, Curtis T, Lykke M, Christensen AI, Tolstrup JS. Why do people exercise? A cross-sectional study of motives to exercise among Danish adults. Public Health. 2014. May;128 (5): 482–484.

  • Petersen CB, Thygesen LC, Helge JW, Grønbaek M, Tolstrup JS. Time trends in physical activity in leisure time in the Danish population from 1987 to 2005. Scand J Public Health 2010 Mar;38(2):121-8.

  • Petersen CB, Severin M, Hansen AW, Curtis T, Grønbæk M, Tolstrup JS. A population-based randomized controlled trial of the effect of combining a pedometer with an intervention toolkit on physical activity among individuals with low levels of physical activity or fitness. Prev Med. 2012 Feb;54(2):125-30.
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