About ESCAPEE - Objectives

Background: Although there is adequate evidence for the positive effects of exercise in health, the aetiology and interpretation of the psychological and physiological mechanisms that contribute to this positive effect is not clear (Landers & Arent, 2007). The present proposal focuses on the effect of the exercise and psychological support in order to prevent, reduce or quitting smoking and alcohol consumption. The project approaches the problem of the habits of smoking and alcoholism interdisciplinary, th! rough promising scientific areas, among which there was no coordination previously. These scientific areas are exercise physiology, biochemistry, psychology and counselling.   

Aim: To develop a theoretical and applied framework of support and self-regulation of smokers and alcoholics. To investigate the effects of different intensity of exercise (low, medium and high) on the psychological, physiological and biochemical factors for smokers and alcoholics, and to design effective programs of prevention and cessation for smoking and alcohol consumption, both for adolescents and adults.   

Work packages: The project is consisted of 9 work packages that are organized in three sequential phases. 

The 1st phase (4 WP) includes the investigation of the psychological, physiological and biochemical factors that are related to exercise ! for smokers and alcoholics.

Based on the 1st phase, th e 2nd phase (2 WP) will translate the previous results of the determinants of the targeted behaviours into the development of preventive interventions ready for real-life application, combined with counselling, for smoking and alcohol cessation. The 3rd phase (3 WP) includes the population-level interventions for the prevention and cessation for smoking and alcohol consumption both for adolescents and adults, the dissemination of results and the evaluation of the project.  

Expected results: Effective cessation, prevention and awareness programs, based on exercise promotion, for the population of adolescents and adults concerning the habits of smoking and alcohol consumption.

This research has been co‐financed by the European Union (European Social Fund – ESF) and Greek national funds through the Operational Program "Education and Lifelong Learning" of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) ‐ Research Funding Program: THALES. Investing in knowledge society through the European Social Fund.