Healthy Life Cycle
Full course description
Throughout their lives, humans are exposed to various factors that influence their physical and mental health. Some of these factors are detrimental to health while others have important benefits. The course takes an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing not only on biological, but also some psychological and social factors that determine a healthy life – from conception to old age. Examples of questions that will be addressed include: How does psychological stress experienced during pregnancy influence the infant’s health as it grows up? Do dietary supplements help us lead longer and healthier lives? Why do we age, and can we slow down the ageing process?
- To acquaint students with the notion that many processes (including their interactions) may influence one’s health throughout the life cycle
- To provide more in-depth insight into some important processes that underlie an (un)healthy life cycle
- One of the following courses: VSC2201 Epidemiology of Food, VSC2202 Food and Disease, VSC2205 Nutrition and Metabolism, VSC3201 Clinical nutrition, VSC3207 Sports Nutrition and physiology.
- One of the following courses: VSS2102 Behaviour change, VSS2105 Social Psychology, VSC3202 Health education and communication, VSC3205 Public Health Implementation and Evaluation, VSS3101 Performance psychology in Sports and Business
- Dan Buettner (2008) The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
- Additional scientific literature provided by fellow students