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CHE: “Healthy Environments Across Generations” – the first ‘unconference’ for promoting health across the lifespan

On 7‐8 June the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) organised an event called “Healthy Environments Across Generations” at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) to explore environmental influences on health across the lifespan with other cutting‐edge leaders from a myriad of disciplines. The gathering featured a number of conversational forums about the built, food, chemicals, natural, psychosocial, and socioeconomic environments, and how they interact and impact health.

“[We called] it an ‘unconference’ because nothing like this has ever been held at NYAM—or anywhere else really,” said Peter Whitehouse, MD, PhD, a leading geriatric neurologist and co‐founder of The Intergenerational School, who serves on the planning committee. “We want to energise a movement of ‘Intergenerativity’ – meaning the integration of science, creativity and wisdom. Now is the time to spawn collaborative, innovative and intergenerational actions that can address all these different environments and ultimately improve human and planetary health.”

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Originally posted on 20 June 2012

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