Spread Sustainable Lifestyles 2050: Health, well-being and social equity: Key elements of a sustainable society

Through the EU FP7 co-funded project "SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050", EuroHealthNet investigated how the health sector can work more closely with sectors in sustainable development to ensure that policies and actions contribute to healthy and sustainable lifestyles. During the final project conference on 26-27 November 2012, practitioners and experts from all societal areas and sectors discussed project results and initiated future projects on sustainable lifestyles. Match-making forums brought together experts and practitioners to develop common ideas, activities and future projects to scale sustainable and healthy lifestyles in the EU.

In the context of the workshop on "Health, Well-being and Social Equity", EuroHealthNet members have shown the value of health and social equity to sustainable development strategies. Anne-Juliette Serry ( INPES France) showed how small changes can have a big impact, by using a Signage System in cities that encourage people to walk. Malcolm Ward ( Public Health Wales) highlighted ways and action to be taken by health professionals to work with other sectors and counteract obesity. Birger Forsberg ( Stockholm County Council) brought up the work done by public health policies in a large and complex community,

There is a need to reach forward and develop joint working strategies with colleagues working in sustainable development to make sure that environmental sustainability, health and social equity are integrated at all societal levels.

Policy and decision makers therefore need to put the right provisions in place to support and make it happen, while economics, business and all societal actors must be prepared to change current systems and norms to encourage sustainable and healthy lifestyles in the future. Professionals working in the public health field need to get better at reaching out to other sectors working in the area of sustainable development. There are clear co-benefits and win-win situations between health and sustainable development and joined efforts must be made to achieve sustainable and healthy lifestyles by 2050. Data and evidence make clear that health, well-being and social equity are linked to sustainable development.

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SPREAD is a project funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013).