Early Stage Researcher
MSc (Food and Nutrition), Authorized Nutritionist
I am an early stage researcher, nutritionist and expert of food sciences. I currently work at the Stop Diabetes (StopDia) project in the Department of Clinical Nutrition in Kuopio. The StopDia study was set to create and implement evidence-based and digitally supported strategies for the prevention of type 2 diabetes at population level in three regions in Finland. It is funded by the Strategic Research Council and lasts until year 2019. I take care of practical issues of the StopDia randomized controlled trial and handle the RCT data.
I am interested in eating behavior and eating competence of the StopDia study participants, who are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes. With my study I hope to enhance knowledge on eating-related behavior and it’s association with obesity and type 2 diabetes. My goal is to find more efficient ways to make long-lasting healthy lifestyle changes and to conduct effective lifestyle interventions in healthcare and thus, preventing type 2 diabetes.
I’d like to build a research network. I am also active in social media and write nutrition-related blog posts. Currently I am writing my first manuscripts on eating competence and the risk of type 2 diabetes.
School of Medicine, Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition
RESEARCH GROUPS - UEF
Lindström, Jaana; Aittola, Kirsikka; Pölönen, Auli; Hemiö, Katri; Ahonen, Kirsti; Karhunen, Leila; Männikkö, Reija; Siljamäki-Ojansuu, Ulla; Tilles-Tirkkonen, Tanja; Virtanen, Eeva; Pihlajamäki, Jussi; Schwab, Ursula. 2021. Formation and Validation of the Healthy Diet Index (HDI) for Evaluation of Diet Quality in Healthcare International journal of environmental research and public health 18 5: 2362. 2021
Tilles-Tirkkonen, Tanja; Männikkö, Reija; Lindström, Jaana; Harjumaa, Marja; Aittola, Kirsikka; Järvelä-Reijonen, Elina; Rantala, Eeva; Martikainen, Janne; Lakka, Timo; Pihlajamäki, Jussi. 2020. StopDia-hankkeesta vinkkejä terveyden edistämiseen ja hyte-johtamiseen Ravitsemusasiantuntija 6 1: 4-7. 2020
Tilles-Tirkkonen, Tanja; Aittola, Kirsikka; Männikkö, Reija; Absetz, Pilvikki; Kolehmainen, Marjukka; Schwab, Ursula; Lindström, Jaana; Lakka, Timo; Pihlajamäki, Jussi; Karhunen, Leila. 2019. Eating Competence Is Associated with Lower Prevalence of Obesity and Better Insulin Sensitivity in Finnish Adults with Increased Risk for Type 2 Diabetes: The StopDia Study Nutrients 2020; 12 1: 104. 2019