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Pontus Henriksson

Senior Associate Professor

My research examine how health behaviors influence our health and how we can promote health behaviors throughout the life span.

Importance of health behaviors 

I am a senior lecturer and an associate professor in nutritional physiology. My research investigates the influence of health behaviors and factors such as dietary habits, physical activity and fitness, body weight and body composition on health outcomes. I also study how we can promote health behaviors in different ways, for example whether digital interventions can be effective to improve health behaviors in different groups and ages.

 I teach nutrition and scientific approach at different educational programs at the Faculty of Medicine. I appreciate the opportunity to combine my interests in nutrition, science and teaching.

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About me


  • 2006 Registered dietician, Umeå University
  • 2010 Master's degree, Umeå University
  • 2015 PhD in Medical Sciences, Linköping University
  • 2020 Associate Professor in Nutritional Physiology, Linköping University

Fields of Teaching

  • Course coordinator and examinator for the PhD course SCAIR (Scientific Communication And Information Retrieval)
  • Member of the scientific approach (VF) group on the medical programme
  • Responsible for teaching scientific approach (VF) in the fifth semester of the medical program
  • Teaching nutrition at the medical program, physiotherapy program and program in "experimental and industrial biomedicine"
  • Small group tutor at different semesters of the medical program
  • Supervisor of degree projects (30 credits) at the medical programme


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Pontus Henriksson, Hanna Henriksson, Per Tynelius, Daniel Berglind, Marie Löf, I-Min Lee, Eric J. Shiroma, Francisco B. Ortega (2019)

Annals of Internal Medicine , Vol.170 , s.230-+ Continue to DOI

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Pontus Henriksson, Johanna Sandborg, Emmie Söderström, Marja H. Leppanen, Victoria Snekkenes, Marie Blomberg, Francisco B. Ortega, Marie Löf (2021)

Nutrition & Diabetes , Vol.11 Continue to DOI

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Pontus Henriksson, Eric J. Shiroma, Hanna Henriksson, Per Tynelius, Daniel Berglind, Marie Löf, I-Min Lee, Francisco B. Ortega (2021)

British Journal of Sports Medicine , Vol.55 , s.128-129 Continue to DOI


Christine Delisle Nystrom, Jairo H. Migueles, Pontus Henriksson, Marie Löf (2023) Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Children from 4 to 9 Years of Age SPORTS MEDICINE-OPEN, Vol. 9, Article 99 Continue to DOI
Oskar Lundgren, Pontus Henriksson, Christine Delisle Nystrom, Maria Henstrom, Marie Löf (2023) Hyperactivity in preschool age is associated with higher fat-free mass and healthy lifestyle behaviours five years later: A longitudinal study of Swedish children Pediatric Obesity Continue to DOI
Jairo H. Migueles, Cristina Cadenas-Sanchez, David R. Lubans, Pontus Henriksson, Lucia V. Torres-Lopez, Maria Rodriguez-Ayllon, Abel Plaza-Florido, Jose J. Gil-Cosano, Hanna Henriksson, Maria Victoria Escolano-Margarit, Jose Gomez-Vida, Jose Maldonado, Marie Loef, Jonatan R. Ruiz, Idoia Labayen, Francisco B. Ortega (2023) Effects of an Exercise Program on Cardiometabolic and Mental Health in Children With Overweight or Obesity A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial JAMA Network Open, Vol. 6, Article e2324839 Continue to DOI
Ulrika Müssener, Pontus Henriksson, Catharina Gustavsson, Hanna Henriksson, Marten J. Tyrberg, Stefan Johansson, Kristin Alfredsson Ågren (2023) Promoting Healthy Behaviors Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Intellectual Disability: Protocol for Developing a Digital Intervention With Co-Design Workshops JMIR Research Protocols, Vol. 12, Article e47877 Continue to DOI
Ángel Herraiz Adillo, Viktor H. Ahlqvist, Sara Higueras-Fresnillo, Daniel Berglind, Patrik Wennberg, Cecilia Lenander, Bledar Daka, Mattias Ekstedt, Johan Sundstrom, Francisco B. Ortega, Carl Johan Östgren, Karin Rådholm, Pontus Henriksson (2023) Lifes Essential 8 and carotid artery plaques: the Swedish cardiopulmonary bioimage study Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, Vol. 10, Article 1173550 Continue to DOI


Research projects as principal investigator

  • The PRIMI project (Promoting Reproductive health In MIgrant women)
  • Ideal cardiovascular health in SCAPIS: prevalence, determinants and health effects of ideal cardiovascular health in a Swedish population-based study
  • Associations of migration and socioeconomic status with body weight, gestational weight gain and self-rated health before, during and after pregnancy.