The Nordea Foundation has donated DKK 100 million to Copenhagen University in order to carry out a major research project to strengthen national health with a primary focus on child health, welfare and well-being.
The OPUS project, as it is being called, will run over the next five years and is the biggest of its type in the world, according to an electronic newsletter from Copenhagen University.
“The new project will put Denmark at the international forefront in addressing problems such as obesity, learning difficulties and despondency among children. The project is also expected to provide valuable knowledge in preventing obesity-related disease in general,” the university says.
One of the focus areas of the new project will be the development of a new meal concept to be introduced in national schools and families with children, to be based on Nordic raw materials.
One of the project’s visions is that New Nordic Food should be the 21st century answer to the famous and healthy Mediterranean food based on fish, fruit, vegetables and olives.
The OPUS centre will be housed at the Faculty of Life Sciences at Copenhagen University. The centre’s director will be Professor Arne Astrup.