Health and U: Culture, Wellness and Leisure

January 28, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Most people in Western societies have a basic understanding of what is needed to keep our bodies healthy. But what about our minds? Is there more we can learn about wellness from other cultures?

Join UAlberta assistant professor Shintaro Kono for a thought-provoking conversation exploring the concept of wellness beyond the Western context. Get insight on culture, research and experience that is sure to inspire your perception of health and wellbeing. Gain a better understanding of what our perspectives on wellness have in common, even a world apart.


Shintaro Kono, ’18 PhD, is an assistant professor in UAlberta’s Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation. His research centres on how leisure experiences help people live a life that they think is worth living, or what Japanese people call ikigai. Kono has also studied the factors that prevent people from participating in and enjoying quality leisure experiences and how to overcome these barriers. His research work takes a global perspective often drawing on data from non-Western populations, such as Japanese and Chinese.


Faculty, Staff
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students
Alumni Health Wellness, Recreation