Health in the Built Environment meeting on Vitality0

On Thursday, February 22nd, the Data Science Centre’s Research Program 'Quantified Self' supported an event organised by the Health in the Built Environment (HitBE) team (involving Maaike Riemersma, Helianthe Kort and others). The event was very successful. Room Vertigo 2.32 was overfull, with attendees from multiple departments, Nuffic and the French-Dutch Network. Attendees were updated on the latest developments in the so-called HitBE community and a great line up of presenters discussed the theme Vitality. The presenters covered the field of the (inter)national policies relevant to the TU/e Health research, to the development of research methodologies and the implementation and exploration of Vitality research at TU/e. With the announcement of the upcoming Créathon on Health in June 2018 for students the connection between the Health Research and Education was employed.
The Program coordinator and founder of the Health in the Built Environment consortium, Prof.dr. Helianthe Kort, welcomed the attendees after which several presenters elaborated on the theme:

Aarnout Brombacher (Scientific Director)

Human Vitality & Technology roadmap

Roy van den Heuvel (Industrial Design, Project leader Systemic Change)

Office Vitality

Pieter Van Gorp (program manager of the Data Science Center Eindhoven (DSC/e) and Assistant Professor in the Information Systems Lab)

Implementation ‘GameBus’ in Living Lab in Mol, Belgium 

Thomas Beaufils, director of the Réseau Franco-Neerlandais

Créathon 6-8 June on Health

To get a copy of the slides or a more elaborate follow-up on one of the meeting items, please contact Maaike Riemersma,or visit the Health in the Built Environment website.

The presentations

Human Vityality & Technology roadmap
Aarnout Brombacher

Aarnout Brombacher, Scientific Director, gave a presentation on the TU/e LightHouse Research Roadmap ‘Human Vitality & Technology’. Thus providing a good overview of the importance of this subject on the (inter)national and policy agenda. In the National 9 Topsectors and 2 Top teams, Vitality is part of the ‘Sports & Vitality’ Top team with which the Roadmap is well aligned and will be able to address the dangers of the Sedentary Lifestyle both at work and at home. (“Zitten is het nieuwe roken”).

Office Vitality
Roy van den Heuvel

After that Roy van den Heuvel (PhD candidate at Industrial Design) presented his and the work of his colleague Ida Damen on ‘Design for Vitality’ to counter the contemporary ‘Sedentary Lifestyle’. This forms a real danger to health and vitality and cannot be solved by a person being active in the evening to compensate. It is necessary to rethink Vitality@Work! How can vitality be implemented in the workday, non-invasive, but at work and during work. Their research is implementing systems and testing Design methodologies. Roy concluded that Vitality should really get personal! Personalization is needed to enhance a person’s vitality opportunities.

Implementation ‘GameBus’ in Living Lab in Mol, Belgium
Pieter Van Gorp

Because the chances that people like exactly the same things is very low, yet you do want everyone to support each other within families and circles of friends and colleagues, the GameBus approach is to let them perform the health activities using the apps they like and then add a social layer on top of these. GameBus specifically offers leaderboards in which points are taken into account for different types of healthy activities.
Regarding the evaluation of effectiveness, the question  ‘How often do you perform a sport?’ was asked before and after the campaign of 7 months. Among other great results an 13% increase in the group that sported more than once a week was reached. Future aims are to collaborate more with colleagues from other departments. 
While a PhD candidate has just started, additional funding could be called for via EIT Digital Call or H2020.

Créathon on Health
Thomas Beaufils

The final talk 'Créathon on Health in the Built Environment' (6-8 June, 2018) was presented by Thomas Beaufils, director of the Réseau Franco-Neerlandais. The Créathon aims at young professionals <30 yrs. The Créathon @ TU/e is on Healing Environments / Health in the Built Environment and will aim for a bilateral cooperation with a team of 10 French and 10 Dutch students (Dutch meaning being subscribed in a Dutch University). There will be a network evening with the French Ambassador at the end of the project. Students are warmly invited to join! More information will be spreaded from March onwards through the Health in the Built Environment website.