UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education Health Education, Prevention, Health Promotion, Children and Young People

Child health and well-being – An interdisciplinary summit organized by the Technical University of Munich, 12-14 October 2022

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) hosted an interdisciplinary summit on 12-14 October 2022, focusing on health issues in children and adolescence in the post-COVID era.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have a long-lasting and negative impact on children’s development and health. Weight gain, increased screen time, less physical activity, and decreased social interactions have all contributed to unhealthier lives. Moreover, the pandemic has accelerated and exacerbated many of the pre-existing racial and socioeconomic health disparities.

Health promotion interventions for children and adolescents have the potential to influence health and well-being sustainably in the life-course. The 2nd Interdisciplinary Summit “Future of Health – Child Health and Wellbeing” addressed these challenges and focused on the fundamental changes that are imperative for sustainable child and adolescent health.

This conference was built on the UNICEF report: “Preventing a Lost Decade – Urgent action to reverse the devastating impact of COVID-19 on children and young people“.

Didier Jourdan spoke on the theme: “Preventing a lost decade: supporting every community to become a foundation for healthy lives”.

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