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A healthy start for all

Many children have an unhealthy diet and do not get enough exercise. Sanne de Vries wants to help everyone get a healthy start in life. She has been a Medical Delta professor with a dual appointment at The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the LUMC since this month.

Medical Delta is an alliance between Leiden University, the LUMC, TU Delft, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus MC, four universities of applied sciences in South Holland (University of Applied Sciences Leiden, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and Inholland University of Applied Sciences), government, healthcare organisations and businesses. Medical Delta aims to realise technological solutions for sustainable healthcare.

Introduction to Medical Delta professor Sanne de Vries (in Dutch)

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What does it mean to you to be appointed as a Medical Delta professor?

‘It’s a real honour to have been appointed for my ambassadorial role as a linking pin between universities of applied sciences, research universities and the field. This bridge-building role is nothing new for me but it’s nice to have it recognised and acknowledged. Medical Delta used to primarily focus on the medical sector and care and cure. I’m more for prevention and vitality. That was always the poor relative but it’s now gaining prominence with this appointment, the Vitale Delta programme and the new Medical Delta societies.’

Can you briefly describe your expertise?

‘I’ve got degrees in Human Movement Sciences and Epidemiology and have conducted extensive research on the lifestyle of various groups, often focusing on the young but also on the elderly and chronically ill. As a professor of Healthy Lifestyle in a Stimulating Environment at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, I mainly focus on making sure young people between the ages of 4 and 24 eat a healthy diet and get enough exercise.’

Read the rest of the interview on the Medical Delta website.

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