Longevity Across the Globe
The United States currently ranks 50th in life expectancy in the world. Why is that? What factors support longevity in humans? How do these factors differ around the world and within the United States? We will examine differences between nations that include global health issues, biological, genetic, and social factors, cultural and lifestyle factors involving nutrition, physical activity, spirituality, geography, concepts of work and leisure, and health care policy. We will consult a range of sources including statements from international organizations on health and aging, books, original research articles, news articles and other news media, personal interviews, and documentary films. In a service-learning component of the course, we will engage with local agencies involved in wellness across the lifespan, to learn about and contribute to their mission.
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