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Healthwise Lustrum Conference - Man Made Blue Zones

Healthwise Lustrum Conference - Man Made Blue Zones

Healthwise Lustrum Conference - Man Made Blue Zones

Tue, 3 April 2018
09:00 hour until 17:00 hour
Martiniplaza, Leonard Springerlaan 2, Groningen

Is it possible to make the Northern Netherlands a region that is optimal for healthy ageing? Centre of Expertise Healthwise, part of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, organises a conference on this theme 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.

Step-by-step plan for a Man Made Blue Zone 
Is the development of a Man Made Blue Zone feasible? During the conference, keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Koert van Ittersum will present a step-by-step plan for the realization of a Man Made Blue Zone, which he developed especially for this conference.


Speakers amongst others:

  • Mayor Peter den Oudsten
  • Alderman Mattias Gijsbertsen
  • Michel Poulain (first to discover Blue Zones)
  • Prof. Dr. Koert van Ittersum

The conference is held in English. For the entire programm, please click here.