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Positive health effects of the natural outdoor environment in typical populations in different regions in Europe (PHENOTYPE)

Objective

Indications exist that close contact with nature brings benefits to human health and well-being. The proposed work will investigate the interconnections between exposure to natural outdoor environments, in both rural and urban settings, and better human health and well-being in the North West, South and East of Europe. The project will explore the underlying mechanisms at work (stress reduction/restorative function, physical activity, social interaction, exposure to environmental hazards) and examine the health effects (general health and well-being, mental health/neural development, stress, cardiovascular, cancer and respiratory mortality and morbidity, birth outcomes and obesity) for different population groups (pregnant women and/or foetus, different age groups, socio-economic status, ethnic minorities and patients). We will use conventional and new innovative high tech methods to characterize the natural environment in terms of quality and quantity. Preventive as well as therapeutic effects of contact with the natural environment will be covered. We will address implications for land-use planning and green space management. The work will produce more robust evidence base on links between exposure to natural outdoor environment and human health and well-being, and a better integration of human health needs into land use planning and green space management in rural as well as urban areas.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2011
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FUNDACION PRIVADA INSTITUTO DE SALUD GLOBAL BARCELONA
Address
C Rossello 132 Planta 05
08036 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Diana Van Gent (Dr.)

Participants (9)

FUNDACIO CENTRE DE RECERCA EN EPIDEMIOLOGIA AMBIENTAL - CREAL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 971 486,09
Address
Calle Doctor Aiguader 88
08003 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joana Porcel (Ms.)
RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 367 926,75
Address
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
3721 MA Bilthoven
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hanneke Kruize (Dr.)
STAFFORDSHIRE UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 773 213,33
Address
College Road
ST4 2DE Stoke On Trent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christopher Gidlow (Dr.)
VYTAUTO DIDZIOJO UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 496 615,36
Address
K Donelaicio G 58
44248 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juozas Augutis (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 312 062,50
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roderick Lawrence (Prof.)
VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michel Telkamp (Mr.)
VEILIGHEIDS- EN GEZONDHEIDSREGIO GELDERLAND-MIDDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 129 680,29
Address
Eusebiusbuitensingel 43
6802 EJ Arnhem
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Van Den Hazel (Mr.)
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
United States
EU contribution
€ 114 668,68
Address
Franklin Street 1111, 12 Floor
94607 Oakland Ca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Viviane Her (Ms.)
STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 333 750
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michel Telkamp