Eighth annual conference of inVIVO planetary health: from challenges to opportunities

Susan Prescott, Trevor Hancock, Jeffrey Bland, Matilda van den Bosch, Janet K. Jansson, Christine C. Johnson, Michelle Kondo, David Katz, Remco Kort, Anita Kozyrskyj, Alan Logan, Christopher Lowry, Ralph Nanan, Blake Poland, Jake Robinson, Nicholas Schroeck, Aki Sinkkonen, Marco Springmann, Robert O. Wright, Ganesa Wegienka

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inVIVO Planetary Health (inVIVO) is a progressive scientific movement providing evidence, advocacy, and inspiration to align the interests and vitality of people, place, and planet. Our goal is to transform personal and planetary health through awareness, attitudes, and actions, and a deeper understanding of how all systems are interconnected and interdependent. Here, we present the abstracts and proceedings of our 8th annual conference, held in Detroit, Michigan in May 2019, themed “From Challenges, to Opportunities”. Our far-ranging discussions addressed the complex interdependent ecological challenges of advancing global urbanization, including the biopsychosocial interactions in our living environment on physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing, together with the wider community and societal factors that govern these. We had a strong solutions focus, with diverse strategies spanning from urban-greening and renewal, nature-relatedness, nutritional ecology, planetary diets, and microbiome rewilding, through to initiatives for promoting resilience, positive emotional assets, traditional cultural narratives, creativity, art projects for personal and community health, and exploring ways of positively shifting mindsets and value systems. Our cross-sectoral agenda underscored the importance and global impact of local initiatives everywhere by contributing to new normative values as part of a global interconnected grass-roots movement for planetary health.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4302
Number of pages62
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • planetary health
  • biodiversity
  • microbiome
  • rewilding
  • dysbiotic drift
  • mental health
  • green space
  • climate change
  • green prescriptions
  • nature relatedness
  • Solastalgia
  • Food systems
  • birth cohorts
  • social justice
  • inflammation
  • NCDs
  • positive emotions
  • mindsets
  • personalized medicine
  • narrative medicine
  • stress
  • allergy
  • obesity
  • health equity
  • cultural competency
  • indigenous health
  • environmental health
  • ecology
  • extinction of experience
  • DOHaD
  • art and creativity
  • biophilosophy
  • legal perspectives
  • health promotion
  • Green space
  • Allergy
  • Legal perspectives
  • Indigenous health
  • Birth cohorts
  • Biodiversity
  • Nature relatedness
  • Social justice
  • Obesity
  • Health promotion
  • Environmental health
  • Planetary health
  • Personalized medicine
  • Rewilding
  • Art and creativity
  • Dysbiotic drift
  • Microbiome
  • Mental health
  • Health equity
  • Narrative medicine
  • Cultural competency
  • Extinction of experience
  • Green prescriptions
  • Mindsets
  • Ecology
  • Inflammation
  • Stress
  • Climate change
  • Biophilosophy
  • Positive emotions


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