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Exploring relationships between health and sustainability

Find out about the relationships between health and sustainability.

In this session we look at the connections between sustainability and health. We start by listening to a conversation with Dr Linda East and Dr Neil Chadborn. Neil and Linda talk about health care systems and services, community health, and lifestyle choices for individuals. For them, the health benefits of a low carbon economy are a positive selling point for sustainability.

They refer to several aspects of the sustainability-health relationship:

  • Sustainability and exercise
  • Sustainability and diet
  • Sustainability and hygiene
  • Sustainability and health education
  • Sustainability and mental health

Linda also refers to the healthcare grid (see below) she designed with her colleague Benny Goodman from Plymouth University.

Think about: How can living a sustainable lifestyle have a positive impact upon health? Can you find a relevant website or other resource which helps to illustrate the importance of sustainability to one of the 5 dimensions of health listed above? Post a link to this website or other source and up to three points that contribute to the evidence. Please state the specific aspect you are covering in your post so that others who are interested in this aspect of the discussion can identify your post as relevant.

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Sustainability, Society and You

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