WeMakeThe.City  - Living 10 years longer in Amsterdam      

During the WeMakeThe.City festival 2019, the Amsterdam Public Health research institute presents the "Ten years longer life" program which focuses on lifestyle factors that contribute to a longer and healthier life. What can we do to help vulnerable groups from the city on their way to adopt a healthier lifestyle? Where does it go wrong? And what works?

On Thursday 20 June the closing meeting of "10 jaar langer leven in Amsterdam" took place in Het Scheepvaartmuseum as part of the WeMakeThe.City festival.

Residents within the city ring live on average 10 years longer than residents outside the city ring. The central question is: "How can we improve the life expectancy of Amsterdammers?" Among the guests: scientists affiliated with Amsterdam UMC, neighborhood professionals and local residents themselves. Eating healthier, exercising and being in the mood (ik eet, ik beweeg en  ik heb zin) are central to three neighborhood meetings during the festival. The lessons from the neighborhood meetings are taken to the closing meeting in the Maritime Museum. The knowledge in these areas of the APH is summarized in three videos:

Movie 1: Eating healthier
In this movie APH researchers Viyan Rashid and Sara Saleh explain different factors which determine food habits.
Movie 2: Exercising
In this movie APH researcher Manou Anselma tells about an initiative which stimulates children to exercise in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost.

Movie 3: In the mood
In this movie APH researcher Bart Baselmans tells about the effect of the environment on wellbeing.

At the end of the closing meeting of "10 jaar langer leven in Amsterdam" the lessons from the neighborhood plus 1 recommendation from the closing meetings audience resulted in 10 recommendations that together form the manifesto "10 years longer living in Amsterdam". They were presented to Martine de Bruijne, director of the Amsterdam Public Health research institute.

Download the manifesto "10 years longer living in Amsterdam" >> [DUTCH]