Vital rhythms, health and time policies or how to survive in modern life

It will be the subject of the third and last telematic debate of the cycle, which will take place next Thursday, 17 June

Next Thursday, 17 June, at 10 am, the third and last talk of the international cycle on good municipal practices in time policies organized by DIPLOCAT and the Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society will take place. The title of the debate is "The implementation of chronobiology on our daily lives" and the central theme will be the different public health policies designed to adapt or make our daily life more flexible, thus favoring a lesser disruption of the vital rhythms.

The debate will be presented and introduced by Laura Foraster i Lloret, Secretary General of DIPLOCAT, and Jean-Yves Boulin, coordinator of the European Network of Cities on Time Use, while María de los Ángeles Rol de Lama, Professor of Physiology and co-director of the CronoLab research group at the University of Murcia, will chair the debate. The three speakers who will present case studies are the following:

  • Àngel Puig, councillor for Economic Development at the Argentona City Council: "The organisation of educational leisure and the effects on children and families".
  • Glòria Plana, councillor for the Economic Development Area at the Girona City Council: "The Girona Network for Timetable Reform: Best practices on health, work-life balance and productivity".
  • Anne Le Floch, vice-president of Rennes Métropole: "Changes in the daily rhythms of the metropolitan area of Rennes".

After questions from the audience, Ariadna Güell, co-coordinator of the Barcelona Time Use Initiative for a Healthy Society, will be in charge of closing the talk and the cycle.

Vital rhythms, called circadian rhytms, regulate different processes in our body in cycles of approximately 24 hours, especially through the rhythm of sleep and wakefulness. Disruption of this internal rhythm has often been linked to health problems such as behavioral disorders, stress, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or overweight. Despite this, the social organization of time leads many people to live in a way that is not in line with their circadian rhythm, as they have to adapt to various work, educational, social and leisure circumstances. The debate on 17 June will address this issue and point out some ways to solve it.


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