The World Health Organisation has chosen the capital of the Côte d’Azur to hold the annual meeting in 2020 and the conference for its large network: ‘HEPA (Health-Enhancing Physical Activity) Europe’, which specialises in the promotion of physical activity, and health in sport. More than 300 conference delegates from 30 different countries will come to Nice to share their experiences and to come up with new concrete solutions to enable everybody to age well.
Public health is one of society’s main challenges. Between 2000 and 2050, the proportion of the world’s population aged over 60 years old will double - jumping from approximately 11% to 22% (source: WHO – World Health Organisation).
Promoting good-health by means of physical activity is a research dynamic that has been promoted in recent years in the University of the Côte d’Azur, with the backing of the city of Nice and of Professor Olivier Guerin (Assistant Mayor of health, independence and the silver economy). This dynamic also links several members of the University of the Côte d’Azur, particularly the LAMHESS (Laboratory of Human Locomotion in Sports Health) and Faculty of Sports Science at Nice Sophia Antipolis University, INRIA (Public Science and Technology Institution dedicated to Computational Sciences) and the CHU in Nice (Nice University Hospital),
Since 2008, the city of Nice has committed itself, with local stakeholders, to ensuring that innovation generates the development of new solutions to support the ‘aging well’ process and facilitate the lives of those who are most vulnerable, as well as the elderly. A globally- recognised Smart City and a pioneer in the field of ‘Connected Health’, Nice is a historic member of the ‘WHO City Health’ and ‘Age-Friendly Cities’ networks.
Article published 25 October 2018