About Healthy Lifestyles Chair Academy Program

The Healthy Lifestyles Chair Academy (HeLiCA) is a joint venture between several institutions and is designed to contribute to a sustainable living in the midst of an ecosystem crisis. The recent COVID-19 outbreak is a striking example of how relevant is today to move from our traditional perspectives to embrace a new ethos and praxis regarding human experience. Analyzing risks, Reducing risks and Insuring against risks is an whole-of-society and whole-of-government endeavor. But more is needed than this risk perspective. Promoting health and pro-actively engaging on the resilient individual is the sustainable perspective that needs to be triggered. In this very sense, the “one health” perspectives, inclusive of health promotion, becomes of utmost importance for future health action and policy. Although recognized today as a priority topic in the agenda, sustainable living and lifestyles lacks a reflection in an era of globalization. From the stand point of lifestyles footprint impact on the planet, incipient and contradictory approaches populated today a vast spectrum of opinions. There is a lack of a comprehensive and integrative approach, since most of the times this discussion is anchored in the disease realm, without proper research and knowledge validation on health creation. Today these issues are amplified with the information society where ideas originated by someone can resonate almost instantly through the web highways reaching hordes of consumers or prosumers in a blink of an eye. Consequently health promotion & education in a public health context are the right nest to nurture the scientific approach to the dyad lifestyles and health! With “Lifestyles, Health Literacy & Sustainability: from theory to practice!” HeliCA 2020/2021 aim is therefore to explore in this training course “Hazard Mitigation, Preparedness & Recovery towards a resilient humanity”.