Healthy and Sustainable Living
Healthy and Sustainable Living focusses 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.
Health Literacy Among Children
This doctoral research focusses on health literacy among children in the Netherlands aged 9-12, in the context of prevention and health promotion.
Eating through clenched teeth: (mal)nutrition and oral care for the elderly
Getting oral hygienists and dieticians to identity nutrition and/or oral health problems in the elderly at an early stage.
“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
Ivo OpsteltenProfessor 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.