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The new course ‘Healthy Ageing in 6 Steps. Let your environment do the work’ starts 1 December 2016 on online learning platform edX. Learn how to make healthy choices and adjustments to your lifestyle and environment to help you live a healthier, happier and longer life.

Learn how to make healthy choices and adjustments to your lifestyle and environment to help you live a healthier, happier and longer life. The brand new course ‘Healthy Ageing in 6 Steps. Let your environment do the work’, co-developed by Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, starts 1 December 2016 on online learning platform edX.

Mismatch between old genes and modern environment
Instructor Dr David van Bodegom explains: “Many health complaints, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or joint problems seem inescapable diseases of old-age, but originate mostly from our lifestyle. A lifestyle that is dictated much in part by our environment. The mismatch between our ‘old’ genes – our evolutionary heritage – and the ‘modern’ environment is the reason that we cannot resist the constant stimuli that seduce us to make unhealthy choices. Do’s and don’ts cannot help us.”

A radically different approach to healthy ageing
Co-instructor Professor Rudi Westendorp adds: “This health course will take a radically different approach to showing you how to secure a lifestyle which will keep you healthy as you grow older. We have to let the environment do the work for us. By making small changes at our home, work, school or neighbourhood, healthier choices can become easier or even unconscious.”

Virtual excursions to Copenhagen and Ghent
Practical assignments will provide participants with the skills to re-design their daily environments to promote healthy, longer lives for themselves and their family, colleagues and neighbours – all the people with whom they share their re-designed environments. Participants will learn how to create their own healthy living zone. The course includes virtual excursions to Copenhagen, Denmark and to Ghent, Belgium to watch and learn how the environment can help you live a longer, healthier and happier life.

Free course on learning platform edX
This free course ‘Healthy Ageing in 6 Steps’ was developed by the EIT Health partners Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, University of Copenhagen and TU Delft. The course is published on edX, an online learning platform founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012. EdX is one of the largest MOOC (massive open online course) providers and offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. In 2016, edX has more than 7 million students taking more than 700 courses online.

Please view the course trailer here: https://youtu.be/sCzZgSw4Xm8

For more details and to sign up for this course, please visit the edX learning platform.

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