16 May


Urban Forests: Survey your moves – with focus on urban green spaces

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How important are urban forests for physical activity and human health? What can we learn from dog owners? Klara Smedberg, PhD student at the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry at SLU, investigates the connections between urban forests, health and urban planning, including dog ownership from a One Health perspective. Welcome to an interdisciplinary webinar!

Klara Smedberg is a PhD student at the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry and a licensed veterinarian. She holds a part-time position as a junior lecturer in veterinary nursing at the SLU. The survey study 'Survey your moves – with focus on urban green spaces' is a part of her PhD project “U Can Move”, in which the research team studies health effects of joint dog-dog owner physical activity with a One Health approach.

Previous research has shown a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease in dog owners, but the reasons behind this are not completely clarified. Is it because the dog provides social support and reduces stress in their owner? Or because dog owners are more physically active than people without dogs, and spend more time outdoors? The survey study Survey your moves – with focus on urban green spaces maps lifestyle habits, health and well-being in Swedish dog owners and their dogs, with the aim of finding out more about health benefits associated with dog ownership and the importance of urban green spaces for habits of physical activity in dog owners.

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Time: 2024-05-16 15:00 - 16:00
City: Online
Organiser: SLU Urban Futures and Future Forests
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Language: English

About this webinar

The webinar series on Urban Forests is arranged by SLU Urban Futures and SLU Future Forests to shed light on various aspects and opportunities for research on forests in urban environments. 

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Future Forests
Future Forests is a platform for multidisciplinary forest research, collaboration and research communication, driven by SLU, Umeå University and the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden.

SLU Urban Futures
Among the four SLU Future Platforms SLU Urban Futures has the mission to strengthen sustainable urban development. The platform aims to identify knowledge needs and strives to develop new research questions addressing the challenges of an urbanising planet.