WEBINAR: The Nature-Culture-Health Interplay in the Light of Environmental and Epigenetic Research. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion.

How does the environment and lifestyle impact our genes, both today and in the future? This week, professor in Public Health Gunnar Tellnes will introduce the concepts of "Green Care" and "Nature-Culture-Health" (NaCuHeal). Drawing on recent epigenetic research that indicates that our genes may be 'turned on and off' as consequence of the way we live, he will present his work and vision at NaKuHel Center in Asker, Norway. 

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Photo: Health promotion, illustrating the "NaCuHeal - Concept" 

Environment and lifestyle may have impact on our genes both today and in the future, and resent epigenetic research indicate that our genes may be turned on and off as consequence of the way we are living. Health Promotion and salutogenesis therefore may have a positive impact on our genes. NatureCultureHealth – activites (NaCuHeal) are methods that may be useful to prevent both mental and somatic health problems in the future. These methods will be addressed and used as examples in the presentation.

Health promoting nature and culture activities are popular activities at the www.NaKuHel.no Centre at Sem in Asker, Norway. The centre is placed close to a forest, a lake and an area of nature conservation. Among the group activities there are: hiking, physical activities, gardening, music, singing, painting, dancing, dialog groups for men or women, ethics, painting and local history, etc.

Results from previous studies concluded that: Around 2/3 of the informants reported to have improved their health status, quality of life, function, and consciousness around environmental issues. Increasing the population’s participation in health promoting outdoor and cultural activities seem to be a useful method to enhance complete rehabilitation.

About Gunnar Tellnes

Image may contain: Official, Elder, Businessperson.Gunnar Tellnes is a professor in Public Health at Kristiania University College, Oslo, Professor Emeritus at UiO, and Vice-President in Int. Academy of Science - Health and Ecology. He has an extensive portfolio of awards and positions relating to his career as both educator, dean and occupational doctor. His primary academic interests surround sickness absence and occupational rehabilitation, injury prevention and Green care and the Nature-Culture-Health Interplay (NaCuHeal).

About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, Nature, Culture, Health
Published Oct. 7, 2020 12:45 PM - Last modified Oct. 9, 2020 12:48 PM