Program duration: 01/01/2016 - 30/11/2019

INHERIT - Intersectoral Health and Environment Research for Innovation

Prolepsis is a partner in a new European Horizon 2020 project titled “INHERIT, Intersectoral Health and Environment Research for Innovation”. The project was officially launched on January 1st 2016 and will last for four years. The consortium comprises 18 partners and brings together experts from the health, environment and other sectors, including technology. The Institutions involved in INHERIT will investigate how to ensure environmental sustainability and improve health equity and well-being. 

Our current lifestyles, characterized by ‘take-make-consume-dispose’ models of economic growth, are damaging the environment and our health. The proportion of adults in EU Member States that are considered to be overweight or obese range between 37.0 % (Italy) and 56.7 % (UK) for women and between 51.0 % (France) and 69.3 % (Malta) for men. A report released in the UK recently sets out that around 40,000 deaths in the country per year are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution, which has also been related to cancer, asthma, stroke and heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and changes linked to dementia. 

The goal of INHERIT is to see how we can modify our lifestyles to simultaneously protect the environment and our health. The partners will identify effective inter-sectoral policies, interventions and innovations that encourage individuals and communities across Europe to lead healthier and more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. The research will focus on the areas of living (housing, the built environment), moving (active travel) and consuming (food, nutrition, eating habits). It will identify promising practices, test and evaluate pilot activities, roll-out models of good practice, evaluate them on (cost) effectiveness and support decision makers in efforts to strengthen well-being and environmental sustainability.  

Contact information 

Dina Zota, PhD Candidate: 
Pania Karnaki, MA:

Services: Medical Research

Project partners

Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) 
University College London (UCL), Health Equity Institute 
University of Exeter Medical School, European Centre for Environment and Human Health (UNEXE)
Institute of Preventative Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health (PROLEPSIS) 
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management (NTNU) 
Riga City Council, Housing, Environment and Welfare Department (RIGA) 
Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) 
Swedish Public Health Agency (FoHM) 
National Institute of Public Health Macedonia (IJZRM) 
Basque Research Centre for Climate Change (BC3) 
Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL) 
Charles University in Prague (CUNI), Environment 
University of Alcala (UAH) 
Revolve Media (REVOLVE) 
Philips Electronics Netherlands (PHILIPS) 
Flemish Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (VIGeZ) 
Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) 

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