Environment, well being and healthy lifestyle

19th November 2008

What was the event?

Best practice for designing neighbourhoods and green spaces to improve health is currently evolving. However tools and interventions to address this issue are still in the early stages of development. This inter-disciplinary conference aimed to address a number of related questions:

  • How do environments impact upon the well-being of a population?
  • How should we design active environments that encourage healthy activity such as walking and cycling?
  • What types of green space support healthy lifestyles?
  • What are the best interventions to encourage healthy living in different communities?
  • What are the most effective tools to investigate neighbourhoods and their environments?

Conference website with full programme details.

Liz O’Brien of Forest Research preseneted a paper on ‘Why woodlands can contribute to people’s health and well-being’.

Who was the event suitable for?

The conference aimed to bring together a wide range of professional groups with concerns for the relationships between the environment, well-being and lifestyles, including:

  • Academics
  • Local government officers with responsibilities in sectors such as housing, planning, recreation and transport
  • Representatives of the voluntary sector (e.g. Groundwork)
  • The health sector (e.g. PCTs, health authorities)
  • Public authorities (e.g. CABE, Natural England).

Where did the event take place?

Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House
Festival Park


For further information please contact:

Christine Dover
Conference Administrator

Tel: 01782 294110
Email: c.j.dover@staffs.ac.uk