Health and Welfare

Sustainable lifestyle and health from a public health perspective

The goal of this research is to contribute towards sustainable development with a focus on health and lifestyle from a public health perspective.


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Lifestyle factors, for example eating, exercising, smoking, drinking, sleeping, gaming, and networking, influence health and wellbeing in both positive and negative ways. Moreover, lifestyle factors may contribute to sustainable development on a global scale, for example through diet low in greenhouse gas emissions, environmentally friendly transportations, and social responsibility. Sweden has a well-developed welfare system compared to many other countries, but the prevalence of diseases is still unequally distributed between different socioeconomic groups. Also, the usage and access to health care resources differ between groups in the society, resulting in negative consequences for the individual, the community and public health in general.

Ongoing research projects

The aim of SOFCO is to develop a concept for the office of the future that promotes a healthy working life and lifestyle as well as contributes to sustainable development.

Project manager at MDU: Katarina Bälter

Main financing: The Knowledge Foundation, Synergi

Det har skett en progressiv försämring av ungdomars psykiska hälsa de senaste tre årtiondena, som Folkhälsomyndigheten och andra nordiska studier har visat. Men orsakerna till detta är i stort sett okända. Varför har denna ökning inträffat? Består det till vuxen ålder? Hittills finns det inget tydligt svar på dessa frågor. Detta projekt syftar till att bidra till denna kunskap.

Project manager at MDU: Fabrizia Giannotta

Main financing: FORTE

The overall aim of the project is to increase knowledge and awareness of the global sustainability goals focusing on the potential of online education and how it can be used to increase digital health literacy and promote good health in general and child nutrition in particular. Government officials and NGO in Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia working with education, agriculture, health and social welfare and will build institutional capacity by participating in an online program mixed with interactive sessions with faculty at Mälardalen University (MDU) and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

Project manager at MDU: Katarina Bälter

Main financing: Swedish Institutet Public Sector Innovation Programme

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