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Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health

1st Healthwise Lustrum Conference - Man Made Blue Zones

When:Tu 03-04-2018
Where:Martiniplaza, Groningen

Centre of Expertise Healthwise, part of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, organises this conference in close cooperation with Healthy Aging Network Northern Netherlands (HANNN), Municipality of Groningen, Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health, SOM Research Institute and Rabobank.

Man Made Blue Zones
The program is dedicated to the so-called Man Made Blue Zones. Blue Zones are defined areas in various places in the world, where people live longer and healthier. Demographer Michel Poulain, keynote speaker at our conference, discovered these Blue Zones. The lustrum conference focuses on the question whether and how a Blue Zone can be actively designed (Man Made Blue Zone) and can change and improve the lifestyle of individuals.

Success factors for healthy ageing
Scientific research has shown that there are five success factors in the Blue Zones: physical activity, healthy diets, social engagement, life purpose and healthy living environment. During our conference, scientists share the latest findings on how these factors contribute to healthy ageing. In addition, policymakers tell us how they translate this into policy, and entrepreneurs share their practical experiences.