Public health is about preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. From a nutritional and epidemiological perspective we contribute to the prevention of disability and diseases by promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Public health problems – like an unhealthy lifestyle of groups at risk or malnutrition in frail elderly – are often complex problems in which a wide variety of actors play a role. Besides the individual, the immediate and distant social environment (family, neighbourhood, work, health care) have a significant role. Additionally, public health problems do not have one cause and therefore not one solution. To combat public health problems effectively, an integrated approach is needed.
The development of multi-component interventions in a real-life setting is often difficult, the evaluation of such programmes even more. On the other hand, there is an urgent need for effective and efficient programmes in the domains of public health and primary health care.
The Division of Human Nutrition of Wageningen University is collaborating with public and (primary) health care organisations in the Academic Collaborative Centre AGORA. Within this collaboration, innovative methodologies in response to practical needs will be developed to contribute to societal problems.