Keynote Speakers

Gunnar Tellnes, Norway


Public Mental Health Promotion in the Light of new Epigenetic Research

Environment and lifestyle may have impact on our genes both today and in the future, and resent epigenetic research indicate that our genes may be turned on and off as consequence of the way we are living (1). Health Promotion and salutogenesis therefore may have a positive impact on our genes. NatureCultureHealth – activites (NaCuHeal) are methods that may be useful to prevent both mental and somatic health problems in the future (2-5). These methods will be addressed and used as examples in the presentation.

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2. Batt-Rawden KB, Tellnes G. Nature-culture-health activities as a method of rehabilitation: an evaluation of participant's health, quality of life and function. Int J Rehab Research, 2005; 28: 175–180.
3. Tellnes, G. Health Promotion in the local communities. (President’s column). Eur J Public Health, 2005; 15 (3): 331. DOI:
4. Tellnes, G. How can nature and culture promote health? Scand J Public Health, 2009; 37: 559-561. Editorial.
5. Tellnes G (ed.). Health Promoting Cooperation – Nature and Culture as Public Health (Helsefremmende samhandling – Natur og kultur som folkehelse). Bergen: Fagbokforlaget, 2017. (In Norwegian)