Healthy and Sustainable Living
Healthy and Sustainable Living focuses on reducing disparities in health, promoting self-management and realising an energy-neutral, circular and accessible city. As we adapt to the consequences of climate change and work towards cleaner air and a greener environment, we can observe a growing overlap between issues of public health and sustainability.
Contributing to a healthy, sustainable city
We work to promote a healthy lifestyle: so that people can continue to live independently – in full control of their own lives – in a sustainable, energy-neutral urban environment. We focus on everyone in our research, including vulnerable groups like the elderly and people with a chronic illness, functional illiterates and children.
Intelligent brace for scoliosis
Exploring what information can be measured with sensors processed in the brace and what is important for the patient, the practitioner and the instrument maker.
Racerunning for young children with a severe physical disability
Increasing physical activity in young children with severe physical disabilities with the racerunner. This is a novel device that is appealing to children and can help them to be more physically active.
How active are you?! Activity monitoring in children
Physical activity is essential for all children, with and without disabilities. Pediatric physical therapists support children to participate in physical activities and facilitate a physically active lifestyle. So far, no valid and feasible activity monitor is available to measure the level of physical activity in children.
“I feel positive about our collaboration – it has been a very educational experience. It’s very ‘no nonsense’, with an effective and conscientious approach that nevertheless satisfies the highest scientific standards. They’re good at what they do: they’re creative, motivated and driven.”Renger Witkamp Professor of Nutrition and Pharmacology, Wageningen University
We focus on three substantive programme lines:
- The promotion of people-centred health and sustainability programmes (intervention, prevention);
- Helping people to lead a healthy and sustainable life with others (living, working, learning, recreating);
- The realisation of a sustainable and healthy environment.
The research groups
Nienke BleijenbergProfessor Chronic Diseases Show profile
Ellen GerritsProfessor Speech and Language Therapy: Participation through communication Show profile
Rob HeerdinkProfessor Innovation in Healthcare Processes in Pharmacology Show profile
Katarina Jerković-ĆosićProfessor Innovations in Preventive Care Show profile
Helianthe KortProfessor Technology for Healthcare Innovations Show profile
Cyrille KrulProfessor Innovative Testing in Life Sciences and Chemistry Show profile
Mieke OostraProfessor New Energy in the City Show profile
Raymond PietersProfessor Innovative Testing in Life Sciences and Chemistry Show profile
Erik PuikProfessor Microsystems Technology Show profile
Cindy VeenhofProfessor Innovation of Movement Care Show profile
Ruben VrijhoefProfessor Building Future Cities Show profile
Harriët WittinkProfessor Lifestyle and Health Show profile
Within this theme we collaborate with government agencies, research institutions, care organisations and companies working in nutrition, healthcare, construction and technical installation and the pharmaceutical sector. These partnerships are found at the regional, national and international levels.
Labs and centres of expertise
Labs and Centre of expertise Within our Labs and our Centre of Expertise , we work together with students and private companies on the in-depth development and dissemination of substantive knowledge and expertise.